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A well-packed, well-stocked diaper bag is your greatest arsenal, a life-saver, a work of art. OK, maybe its not really like a Picasso or a Rembrandt but when you get caught in a sticky (or smelly, or dirty) situation, looking into your fully prepared diaper bag will make you think “beautiful”.
You’ll never know what situation you’ll be in when your away from home with your baby. Don’t be left unprepared. Here are some tips on what to keep in your diaper bag so you are never caught off guard.
What to pack
Diapers: pack more than you think you’ll need, and then pack one more.
Wipes: you don’t need to lug around the entire box of wipes. Use a travel wipe case or pack several into a zip-lock bag. You’ll not only need wipes for diaper changes but also to clean surfaces, dropped pacifiers and messy hands.
Changing pad: keep the germs from those public restroom’s changing stations off your baby with a foldable changing pad. Also, there might come a time when your visiting family or friends and have to use their bed or couch to change your baby. They’ll be glad you kept their furniture poop-free.
Plastic bags: useful for when you don’t have a trash can around. Also a must-have for when your baby has a blowout and you need to put their clothes in a plastic bag so the poop doesn’t get all over the rest of your diaper bag items (true story).
Hand sanitizer: your hands will get messy at some point!
Bottle of formula or expressed breast milk: in case you bottle feed, bring along a bottle in a small cooler bag.
Snacks and sippy cup: for toddlers.
Blanket: if you don’t want to have to pack a changing pad, nursing cover and burp clothes, a blanket can be used for all those purposes instead. Also, its always a good idea to have an extra blanket for unexpected weather. I recommend a Aden + Anais swaddle.
Burb cloths and bibs
Extra clothes for baby: in case of a spit-up or poop explosion.
Extra shirt for you: in case of a spit-up or poop explosion.
Sunscreen and hat: sunscreen for children 6 months and older.
Nasal aspirator or tissues: in case of boogies.
First aid items: you don’t need to bring your whole kit with you, probably just a couple band-aids and some alcohol wipes.
Toys and books: bring along their favorite toy and a small board book in case you need to keep them busy.
Pacifier or other comfort item: to, hopefully, alleviate a potential meltdown.