Story By: Nychel Menchaca
One of the most important things to invest in when becoming a mom is a diaper bag. A diaper bag can change due to a child’s age but, the necessities will stay the same. The most important thing to know about a diaper bag is the must-haves that are inside that save the day. When you’re a new mom, it can be hard to categorize what you may need in your diaper bag to prepare for any emergencies. We’ve curated a list of a few essentials to keep at all times.
Diaper Bag Essentials:
Diapers/ Pull Ups- A child typically needs changing every two hours. One diaper for every two hours. Grab a couple of extra to be safe.
Wipes- These can help with multiple tasks such as wiping baby’s bottoms, their hands and wiping a changing pad.
Changing pad- While on the go a changing pad is convenient everywhere such as public bathrooms or traveling via plane.
Baby diaper rash cream- Invest in a travel sized tube. This cream is not only good for diaper rashes but, if your child gets an open scratch from pushing too hard apply this cream. It will make their bottom feel better.
Plastic bags – Always pack plastic bags for dirty diapers and soiled clothes.
Change of clothes – A child may forget to use the restroom due to having too much fun or have a big blow out. Instead of packing up to leave, pack more clothes as well as socks.
Bibs and Burp Clothes- These are perfect for children who are drooling, burping or toddlers eating a messy meal.
Hand sanitizer- Public places always have germs. Protect your child as well as yourself.
Food – For infant’s formula or breast milk. Snacks for the children who can eat real food because we all know children get hungry.
Water- Plenty of water to keep hydrated.
Extra bottle or Sippy cup- Bring two bottles/cups in case one falls on the floor as well as extra nipples that may be damaged.
Toys- Always make sure toys are in the bag that your child enjoys such as books, dolls, rattle or teething rings.
Pacifiers- A child may be uncomfortable or tired which a pacifier will make them feel better.
Light blanket- Always be prepared for weather change or cold restaurants.
Band-Aids- An accident may happen which a band-aid can take a child’s pain away.
Tissues- Wipe snotty noses.
Diaper Bag Extras:
Nasal aspirator – Help assist with child’s stuffy nose.
Nursing cover- A nursing cover to feed your little one
Extra T-shirt- While out you may spot a spit-up on your blouse. The spare shirt will come in handy.
Nursing Pads – Breastfeeding may cause a high liquid output.
Teething tablets- Brings relief to children while in pain.
Diaper Bag Tips:
It always helps when a baby bag has multiple pockets to stay organized.
Pack medicine or tubes in a plastic bag to prevent leaks.
Save time by packing your diaper bag the night before.