I remember the day after we came home from the hospital, we had to take Aiden out of the house, and to his first appointment. It probably took us 30 minutes to get everything together, and in a bag, to get out of the house. Of course I had no idea what I would need, so I basically brought everything that would possibly fit. Now, almost five months in, I pretty much have it down to a science and can pack his bag in no time!
For the most part our diaper bag stays packed, except for the few things that need to be taken out because we only have one of whatever the item is, or it’s perishable (ie; milk). This helps save time and helps to make sure I don’t accidentally forget something — getting a baby out of the house is hard enough!
Let’s start with the basics, the bag! I love this Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag. It is super roomy with enough pockets for organization, plus it has back pack straps. When Dan takes Aiden out, he usually uses his Lillian Rose Daddy’s Project diaper bag. I have found that a lot of diaper bags, including the Petunia Pickle Bottom bag, has a built in changing pad — this is ideal. If not, it might be a good idea to look into getting a travel changing pad.
What we pack on a day-to-day basis:
- Diapers, bags and wipes: We use Pampers or Honest Company diapers and I LOVE this travel clutch by Huggies. I also really like the Muchkin/Arm and Hammer bags for when we are out and I have to change a diaper (note, you can usually get the refills cheap as an “add on item” from Amazon). I also pack BabyGanics hand sanitizing wipes.
- Blankets: I usually pack a swaddle blanket and I like these small flannel blankets for burping/cleaning drool/spit up.
- Extra clothes: There is always an extra outfit in our diaper bag. It’s usually easiest to keep pajamas in there because it is one piece.
- Bib: Aiden is often wearing a bib, but we always have one in the diaper bag just in case!
- Bottle: Aiden is on a schedule so I can usually prepare for the number of bottles he will need (usually just one). I almost always bring a bottle because it’s easier for me, personally, to feed him that way, rather than BFing wherever we are; but 95% of the time I am wearing a nursing scarf just in case.
- Toys: I like to bring things along to keep Aiden distracted. I usually pack a stuffed toy (like this Hop Skip dog), his baseball bear lovey, and a book. He also has a little owl toy and stroller cards hanging from his car seat.
- Batteries: I always have a charged set of rechargeable batteries in my bag. If your baby is anything like Aiden, especially in the beginning, we kept him constantly vibrating with a soother and it was the WORST when that thing ran out of batteries! So now, we always have them just in case. This is also useful for when my camera batteries die.
- Pacifier/Sterilizer: I have this useful pacifier sanitizer by Bert and Bratt. I keep an extra pacifier in it and can replace a pacifier that may have somehow gotten dirty with the clean one, and then sanitize the dirty one.
Feel free to comment with any additional items you have in your diaper bag!