When I became a mother, I got a few diaper bags as gifts for my newborn. However, none came along with the advice as to what to put inside. Every time I stepped outside, I filled up a diaper bag with stuff I thought I would need only to realise later that though some things came in handy, I had completely forgotten to put some diaper bag essentials for the baby. After a few trials, I almost got it there. Sharing my suggestions for a first time mother what to pack in a diaper bag.
Quick Dry Sheet: It soaks little one’s urine up to 8 times. Isn’t it just heaven-sent? And doesn’t smell too. Use it as a changing sheet or just for some diaper-free time for your tiny tot.
Cotton stole: It’s another multi-utility diaper bag must have. It doubles up, no triples up as a nursing cover, soft blanket or a baby-wrap. Agreed that it isn’t as cool as the many cute baby blankets available in the market, but it sure wins some points in being innovative. Use a bright printed dupatta or stole to add a little colour and style.
Plastic/paper bag: Always carry a few black plastic bags or paper bags; they not only come in handy for throwing soiled diapers but also for storing soiled clothes, bibs etc.
Water Bottle: A water bottle/feeder/sippy cup for you as well as your little one.
Formula and snacks: Carry a bottle of formula/dairy if you are bottle-feeding your child. For an older child, always carry some snacks/tidbits to munch. I carried snacks in stay-put suction bowls that attached themselves to any surface and didn’t come off easily.
Change of clothes: Never, I mean never step out of your home without carrying extra clothes for your little one. It might be for only 30 minutes, but accidents don’t plan and happen. I always used to carry two pairs of clothes and also one for me in the diaper bag. Even now, when my daughter is almost three years old, I carry one change of clothes for her. They are kids; you can’t expect them not to spill food or fall down and get dirty.
Toys: Rattles, teethers, pacifiers or board books; anything that works to keep your little one engaged. 🙂
Diapers: Don’t even imagine leaving the house without a few diapers in the bag. It is a diaper bag must have!
Wipes and Sanitizers: Baby wipes to clean the baby and sanitizing gels and napkins to make you feel human again.
Napkins: If your baby drools (most of them do), always carry some napkins in a diaper bag. They can also double up as burp pads.
Mosquito repellent: And last but not the least a mosquito repellent spray, cream or patch. I may sound like a paranoid mother, but you can never be sure where you find those ghastly insects. And seeing those ugly red swollen patches on my little baby’s skin breaks my heart.
Have I left something that should be added as a diaper bag essential? Feel free to add in the comment and I would add it to the diaper bag list.