In addition to some food for the baby (your boobs or a bottle), babies need a lot more stuff when you leave the house. Here are some diaper bag essentials for those first few months:
one: extra clothes for baby ~ Because diapers leak! These organic bodysuits have a foldover sleeve.
two: baby nail files ~ In those early days, these are preferable to clippers.
three: baby socks
four: hand and face wipes for baby
five: lightweight muslin blanket
six: hand sanitizer
seven: diaper cream (Badger, Beautycounter, Honest Company or Boudreaux’s)
eight: portable changing pad ~ This is one of my recommended “must haves“!
nine: wet bag ~ For soiled baby clothes from the inevitable diaper blow out.
ten: diapers ~ I recommend keeping even more backups in the car.
twelve: diaper trash bags
thirteen: pacifier ~ If your baby loves the pacifier, get a clip to keep it from falling to the floor.
fourteen: toy ~ I love these wooden state rattles and the Sassy Ring O’Links.
•infant baby carrier / wrap
•pacifier wipes: a pacifier will drop on a bathroom floor and you’ll be glad you have these
•anything else you’d keep in your purse: chapstick, pen, hair ties, phone charger, etc.
•if breastfeeding: nursing cover, nursing pads, hand pump
Once your baby is eating solid foods, you will want to add a few more things to those diaper bag essentials.
For Dad’s Diaper Bag
Men’s restrooms often don’t have changing tables. For this reason, it’s often on the woman to change baby’s diaper when out of the house. I just came across a new product – the Baby Change-N-Go – that changes everything! It can hang on a bathroom stall door and unfolds to become a changing table. Dad no longer has an excuse not to change diapers when on the go!
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