Part of parenthood means being prepared for unexpected events and adventures. One of those unexpected events you may need to be ready for are those accidents your little one has. So when the unexpected is expected, you will be prepared by making sure your diaper bag is ready for your baby’s needs.
Here are some tips on what you should keep in your diaper bag.
Diapers are always a must-have! You do not want to be caught with less than three. Remember the younger your baby is the more diaper changes each day they will need than older babies. Always be prepared by having more than three in your diaper bag.
Box of Wipes
A box of wipes is absolutely important too. You can usually find a travel-size box of wipes. You might also want to stash an extra box of wipes in your car too (you never know what can happen!). Another tip would be to bring resalable plastic bags for those big messes that surprise you without warning.
Get a lightweight rag that are perfect to throw over your shoulder when you are burping your baby. These are great for wiping faces and spit-up. Cloth diapers also work well for burp cloths since they are soft and absorbent.
A Set of Clothes
Always prepare with an extra set of clothes for your baby. You might go weeks or even months without using them, but do not be tempted to remove them! There will be a day where you will need them. You will want to pack an extra shirt, pants, undershirt, and socks. Make sure your pack the right size for your child as they are continually growing.
Bright days call for a sun hat. Protect your little one’s back neck and face when the weather is warmer.
Diaper Rash Cream
A sore bottom can flare up when you might not expect it. Protect your baby’s skin with some screen when it does. Get a small tube of diaper rash cream.
If your baby is under 6 months old, keep them out of direct sunlight and dress them up in light layers. Use the sun hat to protect them. You should only apply sunscreen when necessary. Make sure you speak to your baby’s health care provider when you should apply the sunscreen and if it is safe. You should aim for any sunscreen to above 15. 30 would be the ideal amount you want. Make sure you replace the sunscreen when necessary as there is a shelf-life of two years for sunscreen.
Pack your child’s favorite toy if it is small enough to fit in your diaper bag. It will help when your child is feeling bored or keep away from meltdowns.
Always pack a bib for your child. It can catch spit-up or keep their shirt clean when eating or endless drool spills down their chin when they are teething.
Make an identification card with your name, address, phone number, and email address in case your baby’s diaper bag gets misplaced.