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I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects surrounding babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons...I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too! 

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 carried my wallet and phone in the diaper bag for the first couple of months, but that was a pain whenever I wanted to leave Aaron and the diaper bag with someone.

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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Nancy said...

Very well thought out list, Crystal. I totally agree that you should never underestimate the wide area that poo can cover. Additionally, isn't it amazing how often they can nuke outfits (always at the most inoppotune times no less)? Hence the two outfits. And make sure you remember to change the outfits when they go up a size.

The only thing that you might want to include if you are nursing is a pair or two of nursing pads. Oh and maybe a tube of lanolin cream.

And it is a really good habit to get into to immediately restock the bag when you get home. Or put the dirty items in the wash. I can't remember all the times when I thought I had something but didn't. Or when I opened the bag and found a dirty onesie in a ziplock baggy. Learn from my mistakes people. Learn from my mistakes.

Thanks for the great list!

Tameeka said...

Thanks for this Krystal! We are 6 weeks out from having baby number one and the diaper (nappy) bag was overwhelming me a little! Great idea about keeping an extra set in the car too I will definitely be doing that one!
I am really enjoying this little series too. I love reading about other peoples experiences.
Tameeka :)

Simona Walters said...

I'm currently in this stage, I recommend that in addition to the stuff in the car, keep an extra change of cloths for the mom. For either nursing gone wrong moments(leaks) or for little things like blow outs and big spit up moments. This comes in handy, believe me! Mine is 16 weeks and i have already needed this several times.

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