How to Pack a Diaper Bag the Right Way!

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  1. First Step is to get a Diaper Bag. I have owned quite a few bags and I now prefer the type you can wear like a book bag. This makes it easier to carry in addition to a child if need be. Bags with multiple pockets are also helpful as are bags that come with changing pads.
  2. The first things to pack in a diaper bag are the changing necessities. Pack at least as many diapers as hours you expect to be gone. I usually try to keep about 6 in my bag even if I only plan on being gone a short while. Also pack baby wipes and ointment in case of redness/rash. Some economy wipes will include a small travel container which is convenient, but a Ziplock bag will keep wipes from drying too. If your bag did not include a changing pad, try using a receiving blanket.
  3. Anyone with kids knows a change of clothing is almost always a certainty when traveling. In case of bad spills, bring two sets of clothing just in case. An extra shirt for you is a good idea too. There’s nothing worse than sporting a shirt with baby puke on it, or worse, until you can make it home to get changed. Bring a plastic bag or two as well (I use the kind from the grocery store) to use for dirty diapers and soiled clothing.
  4. Next you will need to pack some food for baby. Even when I was nursing, I kept two disposable bottles of formula with clean nipples in a bag in case something happened to me! Brands like Similac sell nipple ready disposable bottles in 2oz and 8oz sizes. Disposable nipples are available as well. If baby is on solids put at least as many meals that you will need in the bag along with disposable spoons (sold in grocery stores) and disposable place mats. Add a snack like cheerios in a baggy or small box of animal cookies. I also really like the small bags of the 100 calorie snack packs. They are great for travel. Bring along some bibs and burp clothes as well as hand sanitizer or wipes to use before eating (or before you prepare food).
  5. Next pack the entertainment and/or distraction necessities. Include a couple clear pacifiers in a plastic baggie and age appropriate toy(s). I try to keep a book plus a few crayons and a small notepad as well.
  6. Lastly, don’t forget the baby suntan lotion if in the warmer months as well as a travel first aid kit. You can make your own as well (include band aides, travel sized Neosporen, bee/insect sting relief, Tylenol/Motrin (for you and kids) and anything else you think you might need. Include a index card with your address and phone in case your bag gets lost, and on the other side include emergency contacts, pediatrician’s name and number plus any allergies/medications.

Here are some Tips and Warnings to consider about this article:

  • Pack the bag so that the items you are sure to use like diapering and feeding are easier to get to. First Aide kits, extra clothing put towards the bottom of the bag.
  • Try to keep the bag constantly stocked. This way in case you need to leave in a hurry, you’ll be ready to go.
  • All of these items should fit inside of a back pack style diaper bag or the same sized shoulder bag. To make extra room, try keeping items like the first aide kit or a small bag of toys separate in the trunk of your car.
  • VERY IMPORTANT! IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN AND ARE USING A FIRST AID KIT, NEVER LEAVE THE DIAPER BAG WITH THE FIRST AID KIT  WITHIN REACH OF CHILDREN.

Complete list of Items:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Cream
  • Changing Pad
  • Plastic Bags for dirty diapers and clothing
  • Two extra outfits for child
  • Extra Shirt for you
  • 2 Bibs/Burp Cloth
  • Formula/bottles
  • If on solids then 2 jars of food plus snack
  • Disposable spoons and disposable place mats
  • Purell or Antibacterial hand wipes
  • Toy, book, and/or crayons
  • 2 Clean Pacifiers
  • Travel Sized First Aid Kit
  • Card with Your Emergency Contact Information
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