Even before your baby is born, this is something to think about: what do I put into my diaper bag? Travelling with a baby is very different from travelling without, and good preparation can’t hurt. Although you don’t always seem to need everything you carry with you, you will notice that you just forgot the cap of the bottle when you do need it. That is why we’re bringing you the 5 essentials to have in your diaper bag!
Although a newborn baby needs a lot, you don’t need to bring a whole lot of things with you when you go for a walk. Just create a system for yourself, so you don’t have to spend half an hour every day, thinking about what to pack and what not to pack, if you’re just going to run an errand. When you have a good basis, you can take the bag with you at any time. These are the things you want to have in your diaper bag at all times:
1. Wet wipes and diapers
Of course diapers belong in a diaper bag. No matter how obvious it may sound, you’ll see that you’ll forget them at one point, because you ran out and forgot to buy new ones. So don’t wait until the last one is gone, but do it when there are some left. In addition, a pack of wet wipes is a must. Not only are they useful for changing, but also for everything else that you and the baby get on your face, clothes and hands.
2. Hydrophilic cloths
These towels, which come in all different shapes, sizes and prints, are real life-savers. The material is soft and can be used for a wide variety of situations. You can use them as a bib, blanket or changing mat, to name but a few. So always leave one or two of these thin, light cloths in your diaper bag. It’s also good to have one in an extra large size, because you can spread them out as a play mat or swaddle your child with them.
3. Tasty snack
Food and drink are essentials for your child. What your little one needs, depends mainly on their age. So start by bringing along it’s milk in a well-sealable bottle, to prevent leaks or just take some milk powder. If you’re breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to take along a small snack for your own energy reserve. Oh, don’t forget to put your suckling pads in a convenient place where you can grab them without looking. For older babies, a bottle of water and a fruit snack will do.
4. Spare set of clothes
Something can always go wrong, leaving your child covered in dirt. With babies, accidents are just waiting to happen and their little gripping hands knock everything over. Leaky diapers, or getting sick on their clothes, are all common occurrences in the life of a baby, so be prepared for them. If you have an extra set of clothes, make sure they are easy to change into and leave them in your bag when you haven’t used them. You might want to keep 2 pairs of baby socks as a spare, in case they get lost again!
5. Pacifier and small toys
Because no child is the same and one will calm down when you give him his pacifier and another from his or her favorite stuffed animal, you, as a parent, can best decide what to take with you. Taking a small toy with you is enough though. Taking too many toys will ensure your child will make a mess elsewhere. An extra pacifier with you is also not an unnecessary luxury, because children know how to get rid of them all too well.