Until and unless you have a baby in your life you won’t realize how important is a diaper bag for new moms and dads. Going out without carrying the baby’s diaper bag is like a BIG nightmare to them. A non-parent can’t even realize how much stuff these little human beings need whenever they are on a day out with there caretakers. They can need anything anytime even if they are out for even a couple of hours. So this means you need to carry a lot of stuff, yes a LOT.
New Parents often get confused about what to pack in a diaper bag. As they are new to this parenting world so they often tend to forget one or the other thing back at home. Here I have given an ultimate diaper bag checklist to help new parents pack everything that they might need when they go out with their baby.
A diaper bag is nothing without DIAPERS in it. You must always carry 4-5 diapers with you and more than this number is always good. Even if you are going out for a couple of hours, you must carry them as babies are highly unpredictable in nature. For newborns, my preferred choice is Pampers New Born Diapers.
Wipes are not only important for cleaning your baby’s bum while changing his/her diaper but is also a handy solution for a lot of other things. Try Mother Sparsh 98% water wipes.
For diaper changing, you will definitely need a changing sheet for placing your baby on it.
DIAPER RASH CREAM/COCONUT OIL
Even if you are out it is important to apply a diaper rash cream or coconut oil on your baby’s diaper area to avoid rashes. Carry the travel size bottles to save the space in your bag. Try out Mamaearth Natural Diaper Rash Cream.
Always carry a few disposable bags for dumping soiled diapers and used wipes. Unclean bowls and spoons, pacifiers, etc can also be kept in them for carrying back home.
BIBS AND WASH CLOTHES
Either younger than 6 months or older than this age a baby should always have his bibs and washcloths around him. A newborn is prone to spilling out undigested milk and 6 months older baby has now started eating semi-solids/solids by now so to avoid mess and to keep him clean bibs and washcloths are important.
Baby and maintaining proper hygiene are correlated. So, you must carry a bottle of sanitizer whenever you are out. Pour few drops of sanitizer between your palm, rub it and you are germ-free to handle your baby. Use it before and after feeding your baby or before and after changing your baby’s diapers, a bottle of sanitizer serves multiple purposes. You can go for the travel size pack of Himalaya Pure Hands Hand Sanitizer which comes in a leakproof bottle.
EXTRA CLOTHES FOR BABY
Your little one can spill milk/food over him or his diaper can get leaked when it is least expected. So it is better to have a spare set of clothes during such situations.
EXTRA SHIRT FOR MOM
If you are a new mommy than you might know how full your breast becomes most of the time and leaking is quite a common scenario during those initial months with your baby. Keep an extra shirt for yourself too in case your breasts get leaked.
A soft baby blanket is needed to cover him and provide him comfort during his nap time.
NURSING CLOTH FOR MOM
For breastfeeding in public, you may need a cloth/sheet to maintain your privacy.
Yes! Carrying extra breast pads is a must if you are a breastfeeding mom. Generally, during the first six months of delivery new moms face the issue of leakage when their breast gets full. So, you must wear breast pads and also carry an extra pair of them when you are out. The Mee Mee Ultra Thin Super Absorbent Disposable Nursing Breast Pads are one of the best breast pads available in the market.
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FORMULA MILK, BOTTLE, AND WARM WATER
If your baby is on formula feed then you must carry your formula milk brand and warm water to prepare his feed. Don’t forget to carry his bottle. You can try Nan Pro 1 Infant Formula which is one of the best formula brand suggested by Doctors in India.
· For 0-6 months old:
Carry rattles to calm your fussy baby
· For 6-12 months
Carry his favorite toy or book to engage him up when he gets restless.
· For older than 1 year
A single piece of a toy won’t be sufficient to entertain as toddlers get bored quickly and they need something new every time. So carry multiple toys to keep him engaged.
BABY FOOD, BABY FEEDING BOWL SET, AND SIPPER
If your baby is older than 6 months then you must carry his food (cereals, quick snacks, fruits, etc) along with his personal bowl and spoon. A hunger-free baby is more playful, cheerful and less cranky than a hungry baby. So, don’t forget to carry something for your baby to munch on.
Suggested Diaper Bag: Robustrion Waterproof Multifunctional Baby Diaper Backpack
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Diaper Bag Tips
- Always keep your baby stuff ready in your diaper bag except for his food which will definitely be packed before leaving.
- Prefer a bag with multiple compartments and waterproof lining.
- Pack eatable items including medicines in plastic bags to avoid leaks.
- More than traditional diaper bags, tote bags, and backpacks are much more convenient as they serve the same purpose of a diaper bag, are easy to carry and serves multiple purposes too. Find the one that suits you the best.