Diaper bags are designed to hold just about everything you need when you leave home with your baby. It can be a daunting task for a new mom to figure out what to pack for her baby and herself. Keeping a checklist in hand will help you fill in the most important essentials. As you pack your diaper bags regularly, you’ll find that these items will come second nature to you.
Babies require a lot of stuff, so you’d need a bag that has plenty of pockets and storage to put in wipes, diapers, nappies, and so on. Today’s diaper bags are designed to hold the stuff you need to keep your baby comfortable; they are designed to be durable and to be used for the long term.
It’s also designed to look good (meaning it doesn’t look like a diaper bag) and feel comfortable for you.
What Does A Good Diaper Bag Have?
Women today have tons of options when it comes to fashionable diaper bags. A quick check here Birdling and you’ll see plenty of content dedicated to helping the fashion-forward mama always put her best foot forward. Not only that, some handbags and backpacks are also designed with the mother in mind- they double up as diaper bags.
You can also find diaper bags designed for dads- it’s convenient to store things and looks masculine to carry. Most diaper bags designed for dads come in the form of a backpack, whereas for moms, you’ll find them as shoulder bags and backpacks too.
No matter who is taking the baby out, a diaper bag should have the essentials. Whether it’s a backpack or a shoulder bag, here are some pointers to look out for a diaper bag:
They are big- they are big enough to hold as many things as possible. Diaper bags usually come in different sizes, some big enough for a few hours in the park, whereas some are ideal for a road trip. Investing in one smaller bag and one large one is a good start.
They have plenty of pockets and organization inside. This helps to keep everything in place from bottles, formula, diapers, wipes, etc.
Made with easy-to-clean material- spills and stains are bound to make their mark on your diaper bag, so it’s essential to purchase one that can be wiped or cleaned easily. Ensure that the exterior material is easy-to-clean while the inner lining is waterproof.
What Should You Pack A Diaper Bag For Daily Outings?
A diaper bag needs to be packed and repacked for every outing. This helps ensure you have enough of the essentials each time you walk out the door and keep tabs if any items need replenishing.
If you have the budget, you can purchase several diaper bags and keep one in the car, one for daycare, one for when you go to the grandparents, and one for daily outings. This way, you have the essentials in every bag, which helps if you’re running late. Here are the essential items to keep in your diaper bag.
Once you bring your baby home from the hospital, you’ll want to repack your diaper bag and then repack it before every outing. Here are some things to have inside your diaper bag:
- Baby cloth napkins
- Sanitizing wipes
- Sanitizing spray
- Diaper cream
- Portable changing pad
- Hand sanitizer
- Extra clothes
- Baby food (bottle, formula, pumped breast milk, baby food, etc.)
- Wet bags for keeping soiled nappies and diapers
- Binky clip
- One or two lightweight blankets
- A baby wrap
- Small toys
The items mentioned above are just the basics. You may need to change them depending on the season as well. For instance, wintertime would require warmer clothing items and even a hot pack for that extra warmth.
Summertime would need a battery-powered fan, loose clothing, and sun protection lotion. Maybe you already know what to pack for yourself in a diaper bag, but just in case, here’s a quick list. You never know when you might need it:
- Nursing shirt
- Nursing pads
- Nursing cover
- Extra shirt
- Your keys
- Toiletry bag filled with your care items
- Bug spray
The contents of a diaper bag are not the same for every baby. Depending on you and your baby’s needs, you would need to add to the bag’s contents based on what makes you and the baby comfortable. You can always repack the diaper bag depending on what the both of you like.
Contents will also change based on the baby’s age. You need to consider your baby’s age, their stage of development, the kinds of scenarios that you might encounter as well as the climate you’re in. Being prepared above and beyond is always a good idea for a baby.
How Long Can You Use A Diaper Bag?
The short answer- for as long as you, your baby, or your toddler needs it. There’s no timeline to how long a parent should pack and carry a diaper bag. As the baby grows older, you’ll find that you have to carry fewer and fewer things in your diaper bag.
Eventually, you’ll realize that you don’t need diapering supplies anymore, but you’d probably need snacks and books and other things to keep them entertained while you go about their day while taking them with you.
The thing is, we all carry different bags in all stages of our lives- the contents and their uses depend entirely on our needs. Having a diaper bag with your checklist helps you remove the stress and anxiety of wondering what to pack, how much to pack and whether you have the right things in the bag. You don’t ever want to be stranded without a diaper in hand with a newborn.