For a new mother, it might be tempting to pack half the nursery into the car when traveling with a newborn. Suddenly, even that quick visit to the grocery store feels like a cross-country road trip. When there are no clear guidelines for what to bring, mothers might feel lost.
However, when prepared, new mothers need not fear those first few trips out of the house. With time, each mother and child will discover their own perfect accessories for a day trip. In the beginning, use this helpful checklist to stay on target. And yes, it will all fit into one diaper bag.
The Diaper Bag Essentials
Don’t leave the house without diapers and wipes. Infants typically use one diaper every two hours, so keep enough in the bag for the duration of the trip. Add two for good measure (and unforeseen accidents). More diapers are always better than too few.
Keep a case filled with wipes in the diaper bag at all times. Be sure to refill it every time wipes get used, then they’ll never run out. In an emergency, warm water and a paper towel can get the job done, but it is always better to have the proper tools on hand.
The What-Ifs When Traveling With Baby
With a little one on board, expect the unexpected. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong when away from home, so plan accordingly. Always carry a few handy medicinal items for those what-if moments:
- Diaper rash cream
- Children’s Tylenol
- Teething gel (for babies at teething age)
- Band-aids and antiseptic
- A change of clothes and extra socks
- Washcloth for quick clean-ups
- A blanket
Feeding and Entertaining a Newborn
Don’t forget formula or feeding accessories. Breastfeeding mothers should bring any needed accessories, such as a cover-all, extra nursing pads, a nursing pillow, or pump. If bottle-feeding, bring a bottle and enough formula for the duration of time away from home. Have clean burp cloths on hand for all babies, no matter what’s on the menu.
Toys and books to occupy baby can make the difference between a pleasant or unpleasant trip away from home. Pack a few of baby’s favorites, no matter where the destination. Anything that captures a child’s attention for a few minutes can be helpful.
Essentials for the Traveling Mom
Use the diaper bag for mother’s needed accesories too. Items like hand sanitizer, pain killers, allergy medication, snacks and a bottle of water are just some of the things that might prove useful to a mom on the go. If possible, tuck these items into the bag as well. They just might come in handy!
Parents.com Checklist: Packing Your Diaper Bag (accessed May 30, 2010).
Babyzone.com. Diaper Bag Checklist (accessed May 30, 2010).