Diaper Bag essentials.
Yesterday we were talking about this very subject on Facebook, and there were such great ideas that we thought it would make a great blog post.
The ideas that were supplied by you as well as some of the things that we thought of are listed below:
Baby wipes: Have travel-sized packs on hand to clean baby after a change, and to wash faces and hands after a snack or a meal.
Blanket: receiving blankets are always handy for wrapping up baby, burp cloths and of course if it is cooler weather bringing an extra warm blanket is always a good idea.
Bottles, formula and ice packs: If you bottle feed baby (whether it’s formula or breast milk), be sure you pack a couple of bottles (and ice packs) in case baby gets hungry, you never know when you could get delayed and being prepared will help make your unexpected delay less stressful.
Burp cloth: If you use special burp cloths bring an extra you never know who you may meet up with and you will have a fresh clean cloth for your friend.
Cell phone with paediatrician’s number: A cell phone is a wonderful tool to have with you when you are out and about, but the most important thing to do with your phone is make sure all your important phone numbers are programmed in your cell phone. If you need to make an emergency call you won’t have to try to remember a phone number.
Change of clothes: Packing an extra outfit or two is almost essential, you never know what kind of mess you might find yourself in 🙂
Change pad: By bringing a change pad, you will be guaranteed that you always have a clean area to change your baby.
Diapers: This one should be implied, we didn’t think to add it to the list till much later in the Facebook conversation. Generally if you pack one diaper for every hour that you are gone for, then you should be okay.
Diaper rash cream: Only the best will do for your precious little one, so make sure you have a jar of Baby Butz cream.
Extra pacifiers: If your baby uses them, you won’t want to be caught without one if they throw it out of the stroller, or it gets lost in the car seat.
Medications: If your baby is currently taking something make sure you have it with you. Also mentioned was gripe water and prune juice.
Plastic bags: Also mentioned by you was the need for plastic bags for soiled diapers, and for leaky bottles too.
Playthings: Toys were also mentioned, and they could be small items such as teething rings or rattles.
Snacks: Healthy snacks (such as almonds, dried fruit, carrot sticks, etc.) will keep you from splurging on chocolate and chips when you’re out and about, and finger foods and juice boxes for your older child can be helpful as well.
Sunscreen: Babies older than six months should wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Don’t forget to put it on your wee one even in winter months
Water: Water is important for you to keep yourself hydrated, but also to use with a corner of your receiving blanket for quick cleanups of you, your child, or their toys.
Hand Sanitizer: Having hand sanitizer in your diaper bag can save you when you find yourself in a location where soap and water are not available.
Mosquito Netting: This is great in the summer to have to put over your baby’s stroller when you are out during times when there are a lot of mosquitoes. Keep your baby safe.
Kleenex: Runny noses, sneezing, sniffling and to be used as a napkin in a pinch, Kleenex can be a life saver.