Since I’m all about honesty on this blog, I have a confession.
I had Rhys’ diaper bag packed 2 months before he was born…
Was it necessary? Absolutely not. Did it make me feel prepared? Definitely.
Did I unpack and repack it every week until he was born? Yes. Yes, I did. They aren’t lying when they say the nesting instinct kicks in during the last bit of pregnancy.
I read so many posts on what we should pack in our diaper bag that I could have packed 6 separate bags and had zero crossover among them all. And I get it, now that I’ve had a baby for the last 6 months. The things you’ll need in your diaper bag will vary depending on the baby and how old they are. That being said, there are definitely the staples which I think you should have packed at all times.
So, if you’re interested in what we always have in our diaper bag, keep reading!
Duh. If you aren’t packing diapers in your diaper bag, I think we need to sit down and talk. However, make sure you remember to refill the diapers in your bag. The last thing you want to have happen is a poop explosion and no diapers to clean it up with (totally never happened to us… just hypothetically speaking, obviously…). Trust me, the drive to the drugstore to get more will be the LONGEST drive of your life. Keep your diaper bag stocked with diapers. You’ll thank me later.
This is another item, similar to diapers, that you NEVER want to run out of. We like the Huggies Natural Care Wipes because they’re good on sensitive skin. You’ve got to protect those tiny bottoms!
Change of Clothes
Babies are messy. No other way to say it. They spit up, blow-out their diapers, and drool everywhere. Having a change of clothes will give you the piece of mind, and solution, if any of the above happens.
Bottle of Water and Formula
Since breastfeeding was a hit or miss with us and I wasn’t always comfortable nursing in public we made sure to always have a container of formula powder and a couple of baby bottles with water in them. This made sure, just in case, if Rhys got hungry while we were out we were ready. Even if you’re breastfeeding, if you have a bottle of pumped milk with you it’ll ensure that no matter what happens, your baby can be fed if need be. We don’t use any fancy formula containers (although that might have been nice to have) we just store our formula in a Becel margarine container.
Remember when I said babies were messy? Having burp cloths will be a life saver. Pack a couple in there because I can promise you, you’ll go through them pretty fast. We use the Aden & Anias ones. If you’re interested to learn more about what burp cloths we like and why, you can check out this post here where I talk some more about them.
Having a muslin blanket was not something I had originally packed but it very quickly because a permanent item in our bag. It is so handy to have because you can use it for a ton of situations. Times like if it’s sunny and you need to cover the stroller, as a nursing cover, burp cloth, to wrap baby if it’s cold, or even to lay them on if you want to put them down. We love the Aden & Anais blankets (they’re honestly such a great brand).
After going through the list, I hope this has helped you pack your diaper bag so you feel ready to venture outside with your baby! You’ll almost certainly over pack, but don’t stress. By a couple months in you’ll probably have downsized a significant amount anyway.
Talk soon xoxo
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