This week's topic is the diaper bag (post 1)!
For the first-time mom, the diaper bag can be a little overwhelming. I will admit that we nearly took a suitcase to the hospital because, well, I had never HAD a baby before. I had no idea what I would need or want or desire to have with me. Lucky for me, I got a do-over with Aaron, and along with some experience with Moses I found a good rhythm with the diaper bags. I’m going to break this up into THREE separate posts because it’s been my experience that there are three different stages to the diaper bag.
Stage One is the newborn stage.
Honestly, it’s more simple than I made it the first time. You want to find a good solid bag with lots of pockets, inside and outside. Pockets will keep you more organized, and when you have a screaming baby you’ll know exactly where to find something.
Here’s a good list of what to add to your day-to-day bag:
- 5-7 diapers
- a package of travel wipes or one of those hard cases filled with lots of wipes
- two changes of clothes, including socks (never underestimate the wide range that poop can cover)
- if you are nursing, include your cover
- if you bottle-feed, be sure to bring bottles, formula and water
- a pacifier or two
- a changing pad
- small plastic bags (for diapers and blowouts)
- granola bars or snacks for mom
- sanitizing wipes for your hands
- bum cream/baby powder
- a small extra blanket
I also had an emergency box in the car that had a little of everything above just in case. It stayed in the car at all times and saved my butt more times than I could count! More than once I have needed a diaper, wipe or change of clothes that I kept in there. In addition to the items above I also kept a towel (or paper towels).
That is what I carried with me everywhere I went for the first few months. It seems like a lot...but if you are organized, all of the above will fit nicely and keep you from getting in a bind!
Can you think of anything I missed? What else would you add to the newborn diaper bag?
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