We brought little Brian home from the hospital at two days old, and what I most remember about that day was how exhausted I was. Can’t you see it in my elated but pale face?
Thankfully, my mom came over soon after my husband Brian and I arrived home, and she helped with the baby while I took a nap and Brian went shopping for some baby and new mom essentials (witch hazel and ice packs, anyone?).
As I awoke from my nap, I remember listening to Brian buzz around the house in a whirlwind. While I was feeling totally overwhelmed, he was at the top of his game – unpacking our hospital bags, washing bottles, assembling my breast pump (seriously, he was the one who had to teach me how to put it together), and packing the diaper bag.
I was pretty amazed at how well he packed the diaper bag. The first time I used it there wasn’t anything I felt was missing. So I jotted down everything he had packed just to have a list that I could refer to in the future.
One of my friends is expecting a baby any day now, and thinking about those first few days home with baby reminded me that I’ve been meaning to write a post for new moms (and dads) who are wondering just what to pack in their diaper bag. Now that little Brian is almost 7 months old, I have added just a few more things to my original diaper bag essentials list.
Here are the diaper bag essentials you’ll need when you travel out and about with baby:
- Diapers. This one is pretty obvious. As a rule of thumb, I always pack a few more than I think I’ll need. Believe me, they have come in handy!
- Diaper cream.
- Baby wipes.
- Feeding necessities. If you’re breastfeeding – nursing pads are good to pack. If you’re bottle feeding – bottles, water, and formula are your must-haves. (As with diapers, I always pack one more bottle than I think I’m going to need.)
- Bibs and/or burp cloths.
- A changing pad. I personally don’t leave the house without my patemm pad.
- A swaddle blanket. This is good to have in case baby gets chilly, but can also be used as a sun protector over a stroller or even as a nursing cover.
- A change of clothes. I always like to have at least one extra of the following: a onesie, a pair of pants and socks.
- A hat. Even in the summer, I’ve needed a little beanie at times. It’s just good to have one on hand.
- A sweater or zip-up jacket. Like a hat, it’s just good to have. You never know when it’s going to get unexpectedly chilly.
- Plastic bags. These are great for dirty diapers or soiled clothing you want to keep separate.
- Hand sanitizer. I personally like alcohol-free ones.
- Binkies (or if you prefer, pacifiers or soothies.) This is if your baby takes one, of course.
- A small toy/teether.
- A few paper towels to clean up small spills.
Once you have everything here packed in your bag, you’re good to go!
Diaper bag pictured above is from Savvy Chevy.