The Things You Need to Keep in the Diaper Bag
Packing a diaper bag can be a guess and go game sometimes. This list is to help you when packing that diaper back, to make sure that you don't forget anything. This list includes the things you will need for sure, and then of course the back up items, and a few items just for you, because going out with baby can be stressfull.
This is a no brainer, no diaper bag is complete without plenty of diapers. As a good rule of thumb bring twice as many diapers as hours you will be out. If you're going to be out four hours, bring eight diapers. Babies are unpredictable, and they can have a leaky diaper or a blowout at any time. Making sure you have enough diapers in your diaper bag prevents you from having to go out and buy some.
Also a no brainer. If you're going to change diapers then you are going to need wipes. I usually keep a travel package in my diaper bag which is 10-12 wipes. If the outing is going to last longer than just an hour or two, I keep one of the refil packs in there which is quite a few more wipes. Not only will you use these for diaper changes, but for cleaning faces and santizing surfaces.
Diaper Rash Cream
This is good to have, because diaper rash can appear at the most random times, and catching it when it first starts out cuts out discomfort for your baby. They make smaller tubes, or even travel and trial sizes that slip easily into a pocket of a diaper bag making it unneccesary for you to tote the bigger tube around.
This is only neccesary if your baby is one that uses a pacifier. They aren't a neccesity for all babies, but some parents do use them. Make sure it is sanitized and dried and put it in a paci holder or in a plastic baggie and throw it in a pocket so you have it when baby starts getting fussy later.
1-2 Changes of clothes
Babies are messy. That's a well known fact, and they don't really outgrow that for a long time. They drool, spit up, throw up and have explosive diapers. Having a extra outfit or two in the diaper bag is always a good plan, so if they do make a mess you can just change them and continue about your day.
You are going to need at least one bottle for any outing that you take baby on, but if it is going to be a longer outing or you are going to be somewhere where you won't be able to wash the bottles then you will need more than one.
Always make sure you have enough formula for feedings when taking baby out. If you think you might end up spending more time out than planned, bring at least enough formula for one extra feeding. If you measure out the total amount of formula you will need for the outing, you can save space by either putting it in the bottles, or by packing it in a ziploc baggie.
No matter what the season is, or the temperature it is a good idea to have a blanket in the diaper bag. This comes in handy if the weather changes while you are out, if you are wanting to breast feed while you are out, or if you go into a store and there air conditioner is a little colder than is comfortable for your little one.
If your baby is teething these are a good thing to have on hand in case she gets fussy while you are out. Remember its better to have them and not need them, than to need them and not have packed them. If you don't want to take the whole bottle, you can get a small pill container and keep a couple of them in the diaper bag at all times.
This is applicable to older babies who have started eating food. Make sure you have a jar or two of baby food in the diaper bag at all times, just in case plans change and you need to feed baby while you are out. A good rule of thumb is to keep one fruit and one veggie in the diaper bag, so you have options.
This is a list of ten things you need to have in your diaper bag when you take baby out. It was meant to help new mommies and daddies know what things they need to make sure they have in the diaper bag before taking baby out for maybe the first time. Diapers and wipes are the most important thing to make sure you have no matter how long you are going to be out of the house for.