Well mamas, goodbye are the days of carrying around just a purse. You’re a mom now! Of a newborn!!! That requires extra baggage everywhere you go. I myself received a diaper bag as a gift at my baby shower, but if I am being completely honest, I didn’t put much thought into how to properly pack it for my baby. I am normally a super organized and overly prepared person, so I did have it packed and ready to go at around 32 weeks pregnant, but it wasn’t until after my baby was born that I truly knew what I needed in that bag and what I didn’t.
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FIRST, you want to pick a decent size bag with lots of pockets and pouches and that is easy to wipe down. I have the JJ Cole Satchel Diaper Bag, Stone Arbor and I love it!
Next, you want to make sure you are always stocked on your basic essentials. Diapers and wipes of course! I always have around ten or so diapers (I’m overly cautious), and I use a wipe pouch that is refillable. Like this Huggies Wipe Clutch.
Some other basics you want to include:
- Changing pad
- Diaper cream
- Disposable diaper bags/ziploc bags (this comes in handy not just for dirty diapers, but for dirty baby clothes)
- Bottles (if bottle-fed)
- Nursing cover* (if breast-fed) &
- Burp cloths! (At least two)
*I have a Milk Snob and it is the best thing ever. I use it as a car seat cover but it is also my on the go nursing cover!
I also put together a little baggy of care items for baby that includes:
- Nail clipper & file
- Hair brush
- Baby Tylenol
- Baby lotion &
- Nasal aspirator
Something I underestimated early on was the amount of poop explosions a baby can have in one day! I learned very quickly to pack more than one change of clothes. I usually have the following in my diaper bag:
- 3 extra onesies (there may be days where even that isn’t enough!)
- 2 pairs of pants
- 1 sleeper
- Extra socks
- Scratch mittins
It’s also important not to forget to pack some comfort items for baby:
- Warm blanket
Finally, don’t forget about yourself! I always have these in my diaper bag:
- Hair ties
- Breast pads
- Feminine products
- Extra top (spit up happens. A lot)
- Hand sanitizer
I think that just about covers it. I’m sure as Jacob grows up the list will change and evolve to meet his needs, but for a newborn in the first few months this list should do just fine!