As a new parent, you’re probably constantly worried about whether you have everything you need. Many new parents will leave the house with a bag overflowing with “Just in Case” items. But, when it all comes down to it, here is a list of the things you will REALLY need.
You never know when a blowout will happen. If your baby is brand new, plan for a diaper every half hour to an hour. If your child is older, plan for a diaper change every hour to two hours. If you cloth diaper, an extra pre-fold diaper is a wonderful thing to keep in your diaper bag as it can do double duty for a burp rag!
If there is one thing you can’t have enough of, it’s wipes. From little spit-ups to quick face clean-ups, wipes are essential for every adventure. Wipes are even good to have for parents, too!
3. Extra Pacifier
If you child uses a pacifier, always keep a few extra handy in the diaper bag. After sanitizing, wrap them in plastic wrap or keep in a small bag.
4. Extra clothes
You should always keep an extra set of clothes in your bag. Be sure to change out this outfit when the seasons change so you’re not caught in cold weather with a short-sleeved onesie. Don’t forget socks!
Whether it’s extra frozen breast milk, formula, or a pack of crackers, it’s always a good idea to have extra snacks on hand. Many companies offer shelf-stable milk as well, which could come in handy.
6. Nursing Pads
If you recently had a child, or if you’re breastfeeding, it’s important to have extra nursing pads on hand. These absorbent wonders can also do double duty as quick spill cleanup!
7. Identification/Emergency Information
Emergencies happen when you least expect them. Always have emergency contact information on paper in your diaper bag, along with your child’s information such as name, address, phone number, etc. It’s imperative to have this on paper, since phones can become lost or damage. There are also companies that make identification for infants, or ID bracelets or badges. Be sure to note any special medical information on this card.
8. Burp Rags/Swaddles
Burp rags can double as swaddles, and vice versa. It’s a good idea to have an extra one of these on hands for after feedings, extra warmth, or as an impromptu rag.
9. Extra Medications
If your child has any special medical needs, be sure to have some extra stashed away in the diaper bag. It’s a good idea to have a small first-aid kit in your diaper bag with bandages, triple anti-biotic ointment, pain reliever, allergy medicine, or anything else that is medically necessary for your family.
Plastic bags or small bio-degradable bags are a nice thing to have in your diaper bag to contain smelly messes, food wrappers, or other trash that would otherwise find its way into the bottom crevices of your diaper bag.