A Guide to Diaper Bag Essentials - Never Leave Home Without These

A Guide to Diaper Bag Essentials - Never Leave Home Without These

As a parent of a newborn who needs to be able to run errands, visit with others, and just generally leave the house without worry – there is nothing more important than a well-packed diaper bag. It’s about having the key essentials on hand at all times and anticipating a variety of scenarios.

If you are having a hard time deciding what to put in your diaper bag, then you can use this as a quick packing guide. These are the items you never want to leave home without.

All the Nappy Essentials

The first thing to pack in your diaper bag is just that - diapers/nappies. Be sure to have more than enough diapers in the bag as well as a barrier cream or ointment. This will protect your baby's delicate bottom from developing a rash. You’ll also need baby wipes for diaper messes and messes in general.

One other essential for diaper changes is a waterproof changing mat. Look for one that can be folded or rolled up so it doesn't take up much room in your bag. Also, be sure to wipe it down well after each use.

A Change of Clothes

And because babies aren't exactly known for being neat and tidy, you need to be prepared with at least one full change of clothes. Having one clean backup outfit is the bare minimum you want to pack. Ideally, you want to throw a couple of body suits, socks, pants or leggings, and sleepers in your bag. Picking solid neutral colours also means the items can be mixed and matched.

Clean and Soft Muslins

Because you never know when you may need a muslin, these should also be seen as a changing bag essential. Choose ones that are made from soft and organic materials such as cotton or bamboo. This ensures they are lightweight, breathable, and easy to wash.

Feeding Gear and Snacks

Your diaper bag is also where you store all the feeding gear and snacks. This will be personalised to meet your baby’s needs.

Some of the feeding gear and snacks to be packed include:

  • Two sterilised bottles (you may need more)
  • Milk bags (if applicable)
  • A pre-measured portion of powdered formula
  • Flask of hot water to mix with powdered formula
  • Expressed breast milk and cooling pads to keep it fresh
  • Breast pads
  • Baby food (if they are eating solids)
  • Feeding utensils
  • Bibs
  • Teething biscuits

Keeping Your Baby Entertained

To help streamline how many bags you take with you on the go, the diaper bag can also be used for storing toys. If you have a very young baby, you probably won’t need much in terms of toys but it’s always smart to throw some items in that will keep them busy and entertained.

Some of the best entertainment items to place in your diaper bag include:

  • Books (age-appropriate)
  • Teething rings and rattles
  • Fidget toys
  • A small stuffed animal or soft toy
  • A couple of clean pacifiers

The entertainment items shouldn’t stay stagnant, as this is what keeps them exciting. Every couple of weeks try switching out the items in the bag for other toys and books. As your baby gets older, you can also replace the items with more age-appropriate selections.

A Baby First Aid Kit Can Prove Very Handy

You don't want to think of your little one getting hurt or feeling sick, but life happens. So for that reason, it makes sense to pack a baby first aid kit. It can contain things like a thermometer, infant liquid fever reducer, gum cooling gel, bandages, and antiseptic wipes.

Even the Bag You Pick Makes a Difference

Besides packing the essentials, it’s also important to pick the perfect diaper bag. Size matters, as it should be large enough to easily store the essentials but not too big that it is a hindrance to carry with you. It should also have separate compartments, pouches, and sections to help with organization. Diaper bags with side pockets that are perfect for bottles can also be handy.

If you plan on using your diaper bag as your purse too, then you may need to pick something a little larger. Some even have detachable wallets as an added convenience.

The final tip when shopping for a diaper bag is to look for one that is waterproof and can be wiped clean. Your diaper bag tends to take a beating, so it needs to be built to last.

You’re Ready for Whatever Life Throws At You

By packing each of these essentials in your diaper bag, you will be ready for whatever scenario that comes your way ensuring your baby is always comfortable, happy, and entertained.

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