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Diaper Bag Must-Haves

diaperbagmusthaves.jpgWhen our baby was first born, it was hard to navigate between the products we needed and those we truly did not. With the thousands of baby items on the market today, it can be a challenge for new parents to figure out what they should buy, and what might be better off staying on the shelves.

Over time, we were able to whittle down a list of certain things no diaper bag should be without. May of these lessons we have learned the hard way – rifling through the bag and realizing with a sinking feeling that we are out of diapers, or someone forgot to pack an extra sterile bottle nipple. There are some items you may never think you will need, but when the day comes you will be so glad you have them. Other things, you know you need. Following are my must haves.

  1. Diapers and wipes, obviously.
  2. Disposable camera. Because your baby will do something while you’re away from the house and you will want to take a picture of it, but you won’t be able to find your camera phone and no one else will have a camera with them or they will but the batteries will be dead.
  3. Extra outfits – one for baby and one for you. Just pack a shirt or a wrap for you if space is tight.
  4. Petroleum jelly. A multi-use item, you can use it for your own dry hands, baby’s dry skin or baby’s dry lips.
  5. Immunization records. Your pediatrician’s office should have a pocket-sized immunization book you can fill in. It’s handy to have when you’re on the go and might need to reference your baby’s record.
  6. A toy, rattle and/or teether. Ideally, this will all be one object.
  7. An extra bottle, nipple and cap, or extra jar of food and spoon. Keep it in the diaper bag at all times, so when you need to give a feeding on the road, you’re ready. A small bag of Cheerios can be a terrific distraction and snack when baby gets fussy.
  8. A bottle or two of water. Again, this one’s for both you and baby.

Another tip: Be sure to keep your diaper bag stocked so that when you?re heading out the door, your bag is ready to go.


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