Planning your first trip out with your new baby? Consult our diaper bag checklist before you go. A well-stocked diaper bag is something you just can't live without, whether you are heading out for baby's first check-up, or you are planning a longer visit with family and friends.
When you are buying a diaper bag, pick one that is light-weight and
has lots of pockets. Unless you plan to carry a purse, consider one
that is big enough to hold a few items for you as well, such as your
keys and wallet. Keep in mind that cloth diapers are usually fluffier
than disposables, so when you decide to use cloth, it will be a good
investment to choose a from our list of larger designer diaper bags.
As you pack for your trip with baby, here's a diaper bag checklist of the essentials:
And don't forget to pack:
You may also want to add the following (but if you do, be sure to keep your bag out of your baby's reach!):
What you should take with you really depends on how long you're planning to stay and the age of your baby. Newborns usually need at least one extra change of clothing for when they spit up all over (and you may want to pack a clean shirt for yourself too!)
If you buy extra supplies, you'll find that you can leave most of your diaper bag packed all of the time. All you'll need to add is a few clean diapers, a clean wet bag, a few wipes (if you're using cloth wipes), and double check the diaper bag checklist to make sure you haven't run out of any of the other supplies.
Tip: When you get home, as you remove the dirty cloth diapers
from your bag, take an extra minute or two to re-stock your bag with
clean diapers and clothes, plus any snacks or other supplies you may
have used up, so that your diaper bag is ready to go whenever you are.
This habit sometimes takes a few trips to establish, but you'll thank
yourself later next time you're running late or if you're ever faced
with an emergency.
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