There are so many different tasks parents must accomplish to prepare for baby, from building the crib to picking a pediatrician to pre-packing the diaper bag. We can help you with at least one of your worries, and help you pack the perfectly stocked diaper bag! Here is a list to help you get there:
- Bottles: Consider how many hours you will be out with baby and bring as many bottles as your baby needs plus one in case you’re out longer than expected.
- Formula: Divide powdered formula into a formula dispenser or bring desired amount of ready-to-drink formula.
- Thermos: Fill a thermos with warm water to make the perfect temperature bottle for baby.
- Pumped Breastmilk: Pack pumped breastmilk in desired sterile containers in a cooler bag with ice packs. Breastmilk cooled at 60 degrees or below will keep for 24 hours.
- Bluesmart mia: Bring along your Bluesmart mia. The battery will last approximately one full day. Use your BlueSmart Mia to continue to track feeding amounts, durations and check the temperature. You can also use it to monitor how long your mixed formula will last until expiration.
- Burp Rag: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten a burp rag and thoroughly regretted it! My son spat up constantly. A burp rag will help you clean up a whole lot of messes!
- Baby Food: If your baby is eating solids, bring pouches or jars and some snacks for baby to eat at snack times and meals. Make sure you pack a spoon and bib if baby needs them!
- Snacks and water bottle for parent: It’s highly likely that you’re going to get hungry and thirsty while you’re out and about. Bring a snack such as a granola bar (they last a long time in your bag) and a water bottle along with you.
- Diapers: If diapering a newborn, bring one diaper for every hour you’ll be out. If baby is a bit older, use your best discretion but bring a few extras just in case.
- Wipes: Baby wipes are like the Swiss-Army knife of baby products! I use them for far more that just cleaning bums. Make sure you always have a pack on hand to wipe down high chairs, clean little hands, and of course, to wipe tiny tushes.
- Diaper disposal bags: You can use plastic disposable bags or you can invest in a reusable wet/dry bag and you can throw your diapers out later and save a little plastic. Wet/dry bags are a great purchase because they’re useful for so many things. Keep them in your diaper bag and they’re great for holding soiled clothes. If you cloth diaper, these are a must-have!
- Diaper cream: I love using coconut oil as a diaper cream. It’s safe for sensitive skin, cloth-diaper friendly and I always have it on hand anyway. You can put a few spoonfuls in a small container and keep it in your diaper bag. If you have another diaper cream you love, try to find a small, travel size container so it doesn’t take up too much room.
- Changing pad: A changing pad is a necessity for sanitary diaper changes. Most diaper bags come with a simple changing pad but I personally have a diaper clutch that has pockets for wipes, diapers and other diaper changing needs. It’s compact and sometimes it’s all I bring with me when I have a quick outing with baby.
- Outfit: Always pack a full outfit for baby. Pack everything. Socks, pants, shirt, sweater, hat, gloves and bib, depending on the weather, of course.
- Muslin blanket: I love muslin blankets! They are just so helpful. Hang it over baby’s stroller or baby carrier, instant sun protection. Put them over baby for an extra, breathable layer. Use them to clean up messes. And they even make great nursing covers!
- Extra shirt for parent: My shirts are almost never free of baby bodily fluids. I’ve learned to live with it, but in case your mess is super noticeable, an extra shirt is always a nice thing to have on hand. Keep it in a zippered bag so it doesn’t get messy in your diaper bag.
- Pacifier: If you have a paci baby like mine you know that you always need to have a pacifier on hand. I have a little pacifier bag attached to the outside of my diaper bag.
- Hand Sanitizer or sanitizing wipes: I have gotten bodily fluids on my hands far too many times to count. Believe me, you’ll want to have sanitizer on hand.
- Toys: It’s always a great idea to have toys and books on hand. Toys and books with tethers are best so that you can attach them to your baby’s stroller or carrier.
- Required medications: My daughter needed Gripe Water all day, every day. I always had a bottle in my diaper bag. Make sure you bring a syringe too.
- Zipper bag for parent items: To make it easier to find your keys, wallet and other essentials, keep a zippered bag in your diaper bag just for your things.
You’ve got the list, now go pick out the perfect, most adorable diaper bag to put everything in!