Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Day 344 - What to Pack in the Diaper Bag

Today's first time parenting tip - Keep only the essentials in your diaper bag

We got two diaper bags when our son was born. One was a gargantuan that was more like a duffle bag, and the other was a smaller, easier to carry version. It also has sequins and a woman shopping on the side of it, so you can imagine I love carrying THAT around.

Guess which one we use more? The smaller one. We can fit all the stuff we need into it, and we don't have to spend an hour packing whenever we want to go somewhere.

Here's what every diaper bag should have for those daily trips out of the house:

  • Small first aid kit

  • Small kit with a thermometer, dropper, scissors, squeegee

  • Changing pad

  • 5 diapers

  • Baby wipes

  • 1 change of clothes

  • 1 feeding of breastmilk or formula and 1 jar of baby food (if on solids)

  • 1 cloth diaper

  • Needed prescriptions or medicine

  • Diaper rash creme, if needed

  • 1 book

  • 1 small toy or rattle

  • Card with pediatrician, poison control and emergency contact numbers

  • Bib and spoon if your baby is on solids

  • 1 ziploc baggie of Cheerios or Goldfish

If you've got this, you should be covered for most situations you run int when you're around the neighborhood.

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