When you become a new parent, something that used to seem so simple like leaving your house suddenly turns into a complicated mess. Babies need a lot of care and supplies and trying to remember exactly what to bring can leave your head reeling and the materials at home. You don’t have to worry anymore, though! Below is a checklist to make your life easier:
Diapers and Wipes:
Seems like a no brainer, right? Let’s say you are only going to be gone maybe 10 minutes; perhaps you are just driving up the road to grab a can of formula. Thinking in this short period of time you won’t need a diaper bag, you put the baby in the car and head to the store. Only, once you get there a couple vehicles crash into each other and block your path home and baby needs a diaper change. Oops. ALWAYS bring diapers and wipes!
A Baby Health Kit:
I’m to be honest with you: I made up the name for this. Essentially this is a medicine bag with grooming supplies. Wal-mart and other similar stores sell little bags that zip that include things such as hair brushes, nail files and clippers, nasal aspirator, thermometers and all sorts of other things. I recommend buying one of these small bags and filling it with these:
– Tylenol in case baby has a fever
– Tummy drops in case baby has a stomach ache
– Orajel if your baby is cutting teeth
– Thermometer to check if baby needs the aforementioned Tylenol
– Nasal Aspirator in case baby is having a hard time breathing
– Diaper rash cream in case baby develops (or already has) diaper rash
– Hairbrush or comb
– Nail clippers and emery boards
– Baby toothbrush or gum cleaner
You may even consider adding other small items such as baby lotion, baby wash, baby powder or any other item you’re child may need depending where and how long you are going to be gone.
There is an unwritten law in the universe that goes something like this: If you leave the house with your baby and only the clothing she or he is wearing, he or she will ruin them somehow. This mean your child is almost guaranteed to throw up, urinate, or even poop on or through their clothing. Please, just bring an extra outfit or two.
Bottles and Formula:
Actually, bring purified water while you are at it. Also under this category may be a bottle warmer if you are going on a long trip. You’re baby always lets you know when they are hungry; make sure you bring the supplies to keep them happy. In fact, depending on where you’re heading, a bottle cleaner doesn’t hurt to have on hand either.
This is only required if your child takes a pacifier. If he or she does, you might bring two because they may throw one when you aren’t looking. This will leave yo with a fussy baby who is angry at you even though they were the one that did away with it.
Receiving Blank and/or Burp Cloth:
These are always a good idea. The receiving blanket can keep your child warm or even block the sun out of their faces. It can even double as a burp cloth to make sure baby doesn’t vomit on you when you help them burp. Unless you don’t mind walking around in baby throw up or if you always bring extra clothing too, I recommend having at least one of these in your diaper bag.
That covers everything needed for your little one. Anything else you think might make your baby happy is completely up to you. So stop stressing, pack your diaper bag and head out the door. You’re a new parent now; go ahead and show off the adorable baby of yours!