Perhaps the most overwhelming moment in any new moms life after baby arrives is that first trip out of the house. Whether she is heading to the doctor's office, the grocery store, or even out to lunch for the first time, she'll need to know how to pack a diaper bag. For those moms who like to be overly-prepared, there might be a temptation to pack too many baby items, making the diaper bag heavy and cumbersome. Other moms may not bring enough supplies.
This guide will help new moms pack just the right amount of essentials for a successful outing with baby!
Clean Baby Clothes
Between diaper explosions, spit ups, and drool attacks, babies go through many outfits in any given day. Make sure to pack some basic baby essentials like bodysuits, knit pants, or pajamas (if heading out in the evening) in case one of those unexpected moments happen and baby needs a full outfit change. Check which outfits you have in your bag before each outing to make sure they are the right size and that they coordinate. Purchasing mix and match items together will help keep baby from clashing.
Extra socks are always a good idea to have in the diaper bag…especially when baby is old enough to grab them off their feet! Have a couple of knit hats packed in the bag as well in case baby gets cold.
Pro tip: All well-stocked diaper bags include a few bibs and burp cloths!
Carry two swaddle blankets in your diaper bag. One can be used to put in between baby and any potentially dirty surfaces for playing or for diaper changes. The other should be kept clean. The clean blanket can be used to cover baby in case of bad weather or shield from the glaring sun, especially if baby falls asleep. A clean blanket will also come in handy if baby needs to nurse on the go, and you prefer to use a cover.
Diapers & Wipes
New babies soil their diapers… A LOT. Make sure to pack several disposable (or cloth) diapers and a large pack of wipes.
Pro tip: Wipes are also good for wiping down public changing tables and high chairs.
Toss a couple of waterproof bags in the diaper bag as well; you'll use these for dirty diapers and any soiled clothing. If you use cloth diapers, make sure to have some extra liners and covers, as well as your wet bag for bringing home the dirty diapers.
Other miscellaneous items to pack in a diaper bag include pacifiers, formula, fresh water, and bottles if baby is formula fed. When baby is old enough, some small snacks such as cereal or teething biscuits are essentials! For toddlers, a first aid kit with bandages and antibiotic ointment is also a good idea in case of minor scrapes.
While this list seems overwhelming, remember that most of these items are very small and take up little room. Having your diaper bag packed and ready before heading out of the house means you won't be caught off guard by anything unexpected. With a little planning, an outing with baby will be an enjoyable and stress-free experience!