Are you a new mom or a to-be-mom? Well, if you’re the one we’re talking to, then it’s time to meet your new best friend—one that will always be by your side. Want to know who your friend is? Well, it’s simply a diaper bag.
But, a diaper bag isn’t just a basic bag. It’s more of a miniature portable nursery where you fit everything that’s needed to take care of your baby when you’re away from home. Whether it’s taking your baby to a pediatrician or dropping them off at grandma’s place, a diaper bag is an absolute necessity you can’t afford to leave behind.
Now, when it comes to packing your basic diaper bag essentials, you can’t afford to pack the entire house in there. So, to save you the hassle of figuring out what to pack and what to leave behind, this post will discuss some basic baby diaper essentials you shouldn’t miss to pack.
Baby clothing essentials
- Spare clothes:
Although you might not need to change your baby’s clothes, carrying an extra pair might help in case of any uncertainties. Things like spills, drools, splattered food or diaper leaks might occur when they’re least expected. Here, you can add a pair of pants, an undershirt, and a shirt for yourself.
- A hat:
A hat can either be a sun hat or a cold hat. In case, you’re planning to hit the road with your baby during winter seasons, then an extra hat to protect them against the freezing cold will be ideal.
In the case of summer seasons, you can opt to choose a sun hat to protect your baby’s eyes from the brightness of the sun. The hat will also protect your baby’s delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
- A pair of socks:
A pair of socks is necessary when you’re moving out with your baby. It serves as a backup in case the socks your baby is wearing fall off or gets lost mysteriously.
- Baby blanket:
Receiving blankets or rather baby blankets are usually light and don’t eat much of your diaper bag’s space. They’re best when wrapped around your baby in case you need to nurse or soothe them. They also help to protect your little one against cold, outdoor breezes or cool temperature in case you’re out during winter.
Baby’s feeding essentials
It’s quite inevitable that your baby will have to feed when you’re out. So, to give them your best when you’re out there, you need to pack some bottles in your diaper bag. You can fill the bottles with water or you can simply add dry formula to make it easier for you to feed your baby. If your baby is still breastfeeding, you can add expressed breast milk in a cooler then take it along.
Whether it’s an infant or a toddler, packing the right food for your baby is highly mandatory. You see, babies do get hungry really fast. Therefore, packing some food for them alongside a bowl and a spoon can be helpful.
While you’re focused on keeping your baby happy and full, you shouldn’t forget to fuel yourself up. So, don’t forget to throw in a well-balanced healthy snack in there.
- Bibs and burp cloths:
A lot of things happen when you’re feeding your baby. Since you’re away from home, with limited resources, adding bibs and burp cloths in your diaper bag is highly recommended. Bibs protect your baby’s clothes from getting dirty when feeding while burp cloths allow you to wipe your baby’s face in case of hiccups.
Diaper changing essentials
Diapers are an obvious necessity for any mom looking to take her baby out. Here, you need to be very careful as you don’t want to be caught with fewer diapers.
Before packing your diapers, you need to consider the age of your baby as little babies usually need more diaper changes than older babies. So, in such a case, you’ll need anywhere from 10 to 12 diapers if you’ll be out for an entire day.
Another essential gear you can’t afford to miss out is a travel-size box of baby wipes. The best thing about baby wipes is that they contain a high percentage of water and a small fraction of disinfectant and other extracts to keep your baby safe from bacteria.
- Diaper changing pad:
Most diaper bags come with reusable diaper changing pads. However, if yours doesn’t, then it’s advisable that you invest in one. The best thing about these changing pads is that they’re inexpensive, sleek and easily foldable.
- Diaper rash cream:
Diaper rash can make your baby feel uncomfortable and quite irritated. So, to protect their delicate skins, you need to pack a diaper rash cream such as those made from organic Shea butter, coconut oil and other soothing ingredients.
- A plastic bag:
A small plastic bag is convenient when you’re hitting the road with your baby. It provides a perfect place to stock used diapers until you find the proper place to dispose of them.
Baby care essentials
In most cases, sickness creeps when we least expect it. Therefore, to avoid the last-minute rush, simply pack a thermometer to check for fevers when you’re on the go.
- Hand sanitizer:
Touching your baby during diaper changes requires you to maintain the highest hygiene possible. Since you’re in unexpected places where there are no sinks around, a hand sanitizer can really help to disinfect your hands and keep germs at bay.
- Soothing teether:
A baby teether is another essential you can’t miss to pack for your baby. Teethers are made of rubber that’s safe for babies to chew.
Finally, pack your baby’s favorite toys to make them comfortable and less anxious.
Now that we’ve pointed out everything that’s needed, I believe most of you are wondering how everything will fit in your baby’s diaper bag. You see, most of these baby essentials are small and don’t take much of your space. This means that even normal sized diaper bags will fit most of these essentials without straining.
So, the next time you hit the road with your baby, then you know which baby essentials should be packed first in your baby’s diaper bag to avoid straining on your way.