Being a new mom is pretty darn scary and that first trip out with baby is filled with dread and worry that you have not brought something essential with. If you are like I was you may just end up packing half your house but leave out the one thing that you really needed!
In the early days of having a baby your diaper bag is going to accompany you everywhere you go. If you leave the house your diaper bag is going to be going with you. Make sure you that you choose a good quality diaper bag that you can carry easily and comfortably with you.
Your diaper bag is going to need to last until your child is well out of nappies and past potty training. It is only when your child is not at risk of having accidents and getting grubby all the time. This means your diaper bag will be with you about 3 years give or take a little if you have one child.
So check out your nearest baby store for a good quality diaper bag and all the things you will need to stock it with.
What To Pack In Your Diaper Bag For Baby
If you have a newborn baby here is a comprehensive list of things you need need to pack in your diaper bag.
Another essential for if you are out with your baby. You will need them for wiping your baby’s bum but also for wiping your baby’s hands and face if your baby gets a little grubby. When my babies were young they were always grabbing at things and then putting their hands in their mouths. When you are out in public you never know what germs are floating around, especially when you go to shopping malls.
You never know what facilities will be like when you go out. You may have the luxury of a nappy bin close on hand and you may find yourself with a poop nappy and nowhere to put it. Having some nappy bags on hand is so essential. They also come in handy when you need to store something grubby in your bag. Trust me when you have a baby everything gets grubby and you don’t want everything in your bag to get dirty.
Lots of public bathrooms have a baby room with a changing mat, but those could be a germ fest. I always wiped down public change mats with a wetwipe and than put mine on top. You will also find yourself in a tight spot if you are out without a change mat and there is none available.
Baby Bum Cream
I always used Sudocrem – it worked like a bomb and kept my babies bottoms safe from rashes.
This is essential – you don’t know where or when you will need to be changing a dirty bottom and it is important to wash your hands before and after changing your baby’s nappy. You may not have access to soap and running water so this will come in handy.
I always had one warm blanket (in winter) and two receiving blankets. I used a receiving blanket for swaddling my babies and if I was breastfeeding in public I would use another one to cover up. You can also include a breastfeeding cover if have one. The warm blanket was for in case it got cold and the receiving blanket was not warm enough.
Don’t make the mistake of leaving home without spare clothing – trust me on this, I have had some awful poop covered moments without a spare change of clothes for my baby. Make sure you have at least one full outfit spare in your bag for your baby, plus something warm in case it gets cold.
I also found that I had to take spare clothes for me too. I can’t count the amount of times I had leaky boobs and had to change my top!
Bottles and Milk
Dummy, Comfort Blanket, Toys
If your baby takes a dummy don’t leave home without it, the same goes for a comfort blanket or toy that your child is attached to. Bringing some toys along is always a great idea. They will always come in handy if you need to distract a fussy baby while shopping or getting other errands done.
Babywearing makes your life so much easier when you are out and about. Not only do they keep your arms free, they also promote bonding and make breastfeeding easier. Don’t leave your home without it.
Snacks and Water
If you are breastfeeding you will need to keep your energy levels up and stay hydrated. Pack some easy to store high energy snacks such as protein bars and bring along a bottle of water or jungle juice. If your baby has started on solids you will need to keep some food on hand.
You will need to pack the obvious things such as your phone, keys, purse and sunglasses. Other important items a new mom will need are breast pads, maternity pads and nipple cream. If you have recently given natural birth you will need to bring along your squirt bottle for when you go to the bathroom. TMI? Maybe but these things need to be packed.
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