There are a million lists for what to pack in your hospital bag or what to register for before your baby arrives, but when it comes to packing your diaper bag it seems that figuring out what to include is a game of trial and error. In one of our first outings I was caught without milk or a bottle for the baby because I foolishly thought we wouldn’t be out of the house long enough to need it. WRONG!
There was another fun time where I was without wipes. I can assure you that’s a mistake I’ll only make once. But there have been other oversights, and since we’ve narrowly survived these, I thought I’d share some of our diaper bag must haves.
The first obvious must have is diapers. But pack more than you think you’ll need. I aways try to have about 4 on hand. When he was really little, Eli always peed up the back of his new diaper during a diaper change and so one change required two diapers (he did not tolerate wet diapers at all the first few weeks). We were nearly diaperless a few times in the early days.
Also, pack more wipes than you think you’ll need. I keep a full wipe box refill in my bag. You never know when a blowout will catch you off guard.
Extra pacifiers. My child has an art for spitting out his pacifier onto the dirtiest surface around. I’m not a neurotic sterilizer, but after falling on the floor in a Target bathroom, a little soap and water won’t cut it. I think I actually threw that one away.
Extra onesies and blankets. Blowouts and epic spit ups happen.
Extra bottle (if not breastfed) and extra formula. You never know when you’ll get caught in traffic or your car will break down. I usually carry a bottle with 4 ounces of water and a container with remeasured formula, so I can mix and use if he eats the breast milk I have packed.
An extra shirt for mom/dad. Babies love to spit up on other people more than on themselves, it’s a scientific fact.
Diaper rash cream. Eli goes from zero to rash pretty quickly, so I like to zap the rash as soon as possible, even if we’re out and about.
A diaper changing pad. I’m sorry, but 90% of the diaper changing stations out there are just gross. It’s always good to keep something between your baby and whatever might be lurking there.
I know this list will evolve once Eli gets to solid foods and more toy oriented stages, but for now these are my absolute must haves. What else do you keep in your diaper bag?