Packing Your Baby Bag
Packing your baby bag does not have to be complicated, stressful, or expensive. Here is a practical packing list for a baby bag.
Types of bags
You don’t need to have a bag that looks like a diaper bag. Backpacks, bike messenger bags, or even an oversized bag will all work as a baby bag. Some couples choose to have their own bags and others share a unisex bag. Ultimately choose one that is comfortable on your body, is easy to access for gear, and you would like to carry everyday. I would even encourage you to consider using it after the diaper stage.
Compartments and accessories
When choosing your bag there are a few options that you might want to consider:
- A spot for a carabiner clip for various items
- A place big enough to clip the bag onto your stroller or under you stroller
- A place for a water to tea cup
- Room for your cell and wallet to avoid brining a second bag
- An area or a compartment for a foldable diaper changing pad
Items to pack
- Changing pad
- 6 diapers
- Wipes in ziplock bag
- A travel size ointment if needed
- Zip locks, dog poop bags, or reusable bag for dirty diapers
- Extra empty large zip locks for clothing accidents
- Extra set of clothiers for baby
- Extra T-shirt for the parent/caregiver
- Burp cloth or bib
- Sample sized ointment
- Hand sanitizer
- Grasping toys for distraction
Consider having a second packed bag in your car at all times for the extras you don’t want to carry everywhere. Some suggestions would include another outfit and blanket for baby, a clear shirt for the parents, and extra diapers and wipes.
Every parent should consider carring baby cornstarch powder with them. It is wonderful to remove sand or bark chips off the baby’s delicate skin. Simply dust the area with powder and then they brush off without tears.
And last but not least, store your wipes in a ziplock bag even if they come in a cute carrying case. In the heat, your wipes with dry out and be useless unless you store them in a ziplock. In fact you can now buy the bonus sized wipes and simply carry them in a ziplock and lighten your baby bag load.