Week 2

What to pack in the diaper bag

We recommend keeping a diaper bag pretty much packed and ready to go at all times to make sudden departures less of a hassle. In time you’ll figure out what you and your baby really need when away from home, but in general, you might consider packing:

Diapers and clothes:

  • 6-10 diapers, depending on the length of your outing
  • Wipes in a convenient travel case
  • Changing pad
  • 2 or 3 changes of clothes for the inevitable spit-up mess or bowel explosion
  • 2 or 3 extra pairs of socks
  • Weather-appropriate accessories like a warm winter hat, a wide-brimmed summer hat, and/or mittens
  • Two blankets – heavy and/or lightweight, depending on the season
  • Bag(s) for soiled clothes and diapers

Comfort Items:

  • If your baby starts to develop an attachment to a blanket or stuffed animal, we recommend buying two of the item – one for the diaper bag, one for home. That way there’s less of a chance of losing it and it’ll be easier to swap and wash when one gets funky.
  • Small board or cloth books
  • Pacifiers, if you’re using them


  • For formula-fed babies:
    • Bottles
    • Cans of formula
    • Water if using powdered or concentrated formula
    • A blanket to cover you (if you so desire) for public feeding sessions.
    • A breastfeeding pillow like the Boppy
  • 2-3 bibs
  • 1-2 burp cloths
  • Easy snacks and water for you

Baby products for safety and hygiene:

  • Diaper cream ointment
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Fever-reducer like Infant Tylenol
  • Nasal aspirator and infant nasal spray
  • Cotton balls
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Travel-size baby wash and lotion
  • 2-3 washcloths
  • Sunblock
  • Hand sanitizer (for you and guests, not for the baby!)
  • An emergency card with contact information

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3 thoughts on “Caring for Your Newborn: A complete guide to the second week with your new baby

  1. Nichole Chester says:

    I notice they didn’t mention much about breast feeding. You may want to bring a pump (I have a single one that I pack) nursing pads, and nipple cream. I keep one tube of nipple cream in the bag, along with a handful of nursing pads to be on the safe side. If you are traveling… You may also want to use storage bags for milk and keep an electric bottle warmer in the car (for those times you want a break and others to feed the baby)

  2. Mrs. Kate says:

    Great post and you share good guiding tips of newborn baby care.

  3. Alexis says:

    I take issue with the point about immunizations where ou recommend “know both sides of the story” then recommend reading the literature. If you read the studies, there is only one side to the story, and that is that immunization provides the best protection against life threatening illness and is one of the major success stories of modern medicine. The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.
    This is like recommending that people know both sides of the story as to whether or not the world is round.

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