A diaper bag is a true savior for a mother in the initial 2 years of baby’s life. It becomes her constant companion and always keeps her armed with baby essentials.
After becoming a mother, my baby’s diaper bag has replaced my hand bag and while going out, I put my essential items in my daughter’s bag only. Life becomes like that only when you become a mother (at least for me it is like this only).
A diaper bag with all the necessary items can save the day and avoid you from an uncomfortable situation. But what exactly do you need in there? That’s the question we are answering in the below mentioned lines. Make sure you have all these things stocked-up in your diaper bag, when out with the baby.
Diapers: I dread my life without diapers. I salute to the person who invented this thing. I mean really in the initial months, it is such a pain to change the cloth nappies again and again. First, a mother herself is not physically fit; second, she is not used to it; third, she’s not aware of the newborn’s pee pattern. My family made sure to stock up the diapers in advance to make things easier for me. Diapers provide comfort to both the parties (mother and baby). Now that my daughter has turned two years old, I use diapers for her in nights only.
Wipes: The second essential thing is baby wipes. It is also one of the greatest inventions of human for mothers. It can be used for multiple things like cleaning baby’s bums while changing the diaper, wiping her face and hands and even mother can also use it for cleaning their face and hands. For newborns, it is better to clean them with these wipes rather cleaning them with water often.
Cream/Powder: Every time you change the diaper, do make sure to apply a good rash cream or powder on baby’s genitals. The diaper rash can cause discomfort and pain, which can make the baby irritable. I have faced this situation a couple of times and it was no less than a nightmare for me. You just cannot see your baby cry endlessly.
Changing mat/Blanket: Yes, you have a diaper and wipes to make your baby clean and comfortable but do you know a changing mat is equally important, for it ensures the changing place (where the baby is being cleaned) remains neat and clean and also the baby feels comfy during the diaper change. As a mother, it’s your duty to take care of your surroundings and hygiene of others also. A blanket always comes handy whenever the baby needs swaddling or sound sleep.
Toys: Sometimes, a mother’s soothing touch and warmth of her lap is not enough to make baby cheerful. Baby needs more. This is when rattlers and other toys come into play. Make sure you keep some colourful toys in your bag; it can save you from relentless baby crying.
Disposable bags: As I mentioned earlier, it is mother’s duty to keep the surroundings clean, so make sure while purchasing diapers for baby, you also purchase some disposable bags for used diapers. It can really save you and others from bad foul of dirty diapers!
Hand sanitizer: You may come across a situation when the diaper of the baby needs to be changed and water is not available. This is when this hand-sanitizer is handy. I remember in the first month when my daughter was born, I (sometime) used it as an alternative for water (due to stitches after delivery).
Burp cloth: Burp clothes serve as the most useful cleanup tools for babies; newborns have a tendency to spit up when they are burped. Usually, any type of soft cloth can be used for cleaning purpose. Even a cloth diaper or receiving blanket will do. Those items made specifically as burp clothes can come in numerous forms; Look for clothes that are soft, absorbent and relatively large (about the size of a generous dishtowel). They should be able to fit over the shoulder with a little cloth hanging down in front and back.
Bottle/Water/Formula milk: I personally never used formula milk for my daughter. I have thoroughly breastfed her for 15 months. I introduced solids to her when she became 5 months+ but never ever compromised with breast-milk. So whenever I would go out with her I always carried a water bottle in my diaper bag. But if you give your baby formula milk, then it surely is a must have in your diaper bag.
Extra clothes: I always make sure that I carry extra clothes for my daughter in case she spits or vomits on her clothes. Just imagine the situation when your baby is all messed up in dirty clothes and you have no spare clothes in your bag!?
I hope this list would be useful for all mommies in case you were wondering what things should come first in your baby’s bag! 🙂