Inspired by some of my friends who are having babies and many of them they’re first. I have decided to share a list of items crucial for a diaper bag.
First let’s talk about the bag though.
You’re going to want a bag that’s easy to carry, let’s face it you’re more than likely gonna be carrying the car seat and baby too so having one that’s easy to carry while of offering good weight distribution and a nice shoulder pad so you’re not aching more than you probably already are is important to look for in your diaper bag.
If you’re anything like me that. You’re going to like lots of pockets. Especially those little hidden one’s where you can store important small things.
Make sure it’s Good Material or at least decent. You don’t want it ripping or tearing on you.
Another thing to focus on is how many spots it has for Easy Access. This saves tons of time and stress.
Now, what is it that I keep in my bag… I like to pack lots and always be prepared. Also during my daughters first year I was out of the house more than I was inside with her. You can be sure this list has almost everything you can think of.
Let’s jump into the list!
So there is the really obvious ones like Diapers and Wipes.
Also a couple spare changes of clothes. I liked to have 4 when she was a newborn and when she reached a year old I carried 2.
Nipple Cream if your breastfeeding. Also a Nursing Cover.
Remember all those samples of diaper cream you got for free from friends & family, or perhaps the formula companies or the hospital? You’re gonna wanna keep one of each kind In Your diaper bag until you figure out which cream works best for you child. But none the less Diaper Cream is a necessity.
A Baby Blanket
There are many reasons why infants get a fever. Maybe a slight cold is coming or maybe there just teething. Having a small Thermometer in your diaper bag at all times is highly advised (I have no medical proof or anything so really it’s only recommended by me but still I can not tell you how many times nice been out and needed to take my daughters temperature. I’m so thankful I had one in my diaper bag.) It’s a good idea to bring Baby medicine too and to store it with the thermometer. I personally have always used baby Tylenol and carried around gripe water. I kept these items together in a ziplock baggie. You don’t want to find out your baby has a fever and then scramble to find their medicine. That’s just an issue that can be avoided from the start. Us mom’s have enough things to worry about. 😌
Extra Hair Ties
If you’re going to be out for a while let’s say you have to go get groceries or you have an outing like a coffee date with some old girlfriends it’s smart to bring a couple toys for your child to play with. It will help keep them occupied and usually, they toys for this age have some sort of developmental aspect to them too which is another great reason to have some. Don’t for get the Teething Toys too.
Sippy cup depending on their age.
Sometimes babies are overstimulated and toys stress them out so it’s a good idea to make sure you have a couple of books on hand too to help sooth and calm baby down when needed. I can not tell you how many times we were bussing home and she would start crying in her stroller and the only thing that helped for months on end was me slowly, softly reading (I actually memorized the book) Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.
Snacks are also super important for both mom and baby but this also depends on your babies age. Here’s how I would break it down.
Exclusively Breastfed Children under 6 Months: healthy snacks for mom and lots of water for mom as well.
Breastfed & Bottle Fed Under 6 Months: healthy snacks for mom and lots of water along with enough bottles for while you’re out in case someone offers Mom a break and offers to bottle feed.
Formula Fed Under 6 Months: snacks and water for mom thermos with boiled water, enough formula and.bottles for.hoewver long you will be out than a little bit extra encase you end up being out longer than anticipated or baby is hungrier.
If child is over 6 Months: you will wanna bring each items in the last section you fell into as well as some dry snacks and possibly food pouches too. My daughter loved the star snacks that melt away as well as the rice crackers that melt away. I always made sure I had a couple food pouches too and the spoon attachments for them too.
For the breastfeeding mom you’re going to want to carry a couple extra sets of breast pads at least until your flow becomes more regular usually around a year old. It’s also a good idea to carry around an extra shirt too so if you leak through you’ve got yourself governed and not in breast milk. 🤭
You never know when receiving blankets will come in handy. They can literally be used for everything. When my daughter was younger I carried 4 receiving blankets. As she grew older at about a year old I dropped that down to 2 receiving blankets.
You never know when the public washroom is gonna be out of soap! Always have a small thing of Hand Sanitizer
You wanna be able to get back inside your home after especially when all you baby supplies are inside there 🤭 make sure you have your keys!
Nipple shields if you use them.
Make sure you have your wallet with both of your health cards inside!
Depending on your child’s age and the season you’re gonna want to have some infant sunscreen!
I can not tell you how many times I’ve changed my daughters entire outfit while being out. So much poop 😳😳😳 make sure you have some plastic bags on hand to bring home soiled clothes in. I picked up some doggy doo doo bags from the dollar store and kept a roll of them In my diaper bag.
My daughter never used one but I always made sure I had a pacifier on me.
You never know when you’re gonna want to or need to write something down so make sure you have a notebook and a couple pens.
A Swaddle Blanket.
That’s about all I can think of. I hope this was extremely helpful for all you moms out there! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post! If you want to read more on what you should bring in your diaper bag thank check out my best friend’s post!
What do you pack in your diaper bag? Is there anything that’s been a lifesaver that you would suggest to others? Is there something that should be on this list that isn’t?