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Diaper Bag Checklist

Essentials








Diaper Bag You’ll want to select a diaper bag that suits your needs and your style. Whether your bag is trendy or basic, it has to hold baby’s gear and your own—from diapers and wipes to your cell phone and keys. You may choose something streamlined or a bag with plenty of compartments and pockets to store bottles, diaper ointment, and even a changing pad.
Diapers They’re something you and baby can’t leave home without! Stock your bag with five to seven cloth or disposable diapers, even if you don’t think you’ll need them all. You never know when you might get stuck in traffic or left waiting at the pediatrician’s office.

Wipes Not only are wipes essential for wiping messy baby bottoms, they’re also great for cleaning hands, faces, and even blotting stains and spills. Travel packs come in handy dispensers that fit nicely into bags. If you don’t have a travel pack, you can preserve the wipes’ moisture in a plastic sandwich-type bag.

Rash Cream You never know when your little one’s bottom will become irritated and tender. Diaper rash can hit at any moment. Carry a small tube of cream or ointment to ease baby’s discomfort.

Changing Pad Don’t get caught without a clean place to change your baby’s diaper—especially if you’re on the road with no changing table available. Many diaper bags come with coordinating pads.
Emergency Info Carry the phone number of your baby’s physician with you and your child’s insurance card too.

Medical Kit Bring with you medications for fevers or colds, prescription medications if you’ll need them, and small bandages.






Sunscreen Don’t be caught in the sun without protection for your baby’s sensitive skin. A hat with a wide brim can keep your little one cooler on warm, sunny days, too.

Clothing Always tote at least one clean outfit (socks included!) in case baby has an extra messy diaper or spit up. You’ll also want to have a sweater or jacket that offers warmth in air conditioning or a cooler climate.

Burp Cloths Cloths or a few cloth diapers are great for cleaning spit up and other spills.

Blanket Blankets come in very handy. They can be used as a soft, clean surface to put under your baby, as a wrap to keep him or her warm, or even as a shield draped over the baby’s carrier to keep the sun or wind off your little one. A blanket can even double as a changing pad in a pinch.

Snacks/Drinks If you’re bottlefeeding, be sure to bring plenty of formula and clean water to mix it with. Bring a few jars of baby food for an older infant. It’s better to err on the side of caution and carry enough to last you through an unexpected delay. Additionally, bring a snack and a bottle of water for you, which is especially important if you’re breastfeeding.

Hand Sanitizer A small bottle of this no-water-required cleanser is welcome after diaper changes when there’s no sink available.

Recommended





Toys and Books Items to entertain your baby can be lifesavers if you’re stuck waiting somewhere or your baby is getting fussy. And it’s always helpful to have stuffed animals or lovies your baby likes at naptime.
Nail Clippers Clippers made just for your baby’s soft nails are handy when you’re out and notice your little one scratching with too-long nails.

Disposable Bags While they aren’t absolutely necessary, plastic bags are convenient for disposing of dirty diapers or storing wet/soiled clothing until you get home. (Just be sure the bags are out of your baby’s reach at all times.)

Pacifier If you’ll be out for a while and your little one is comforted by a pacifier, pack a clean one in your bag so it’s at the ready.

Niceties



Clean Shirt If you’re going out for the day and your baby tends to spit up a lot or leaks through diapers, it’s nice to have a clean shirt for yourself, just in case.

Parenting Book Have a great book you refer to frequently to find answers to unexpected questions? If you can’t live without it, take it with you.

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