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Secrets of a smart diaper bag

Once you get the diaper bag, you may wonder: What do I put in here? And will I ever really use all this stuff? Let's prioritize.
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The essentials

  • 2-4 spare diapers (if using cloth, also add wraps or pins/covers)
  • Diaper wipes
  • Plastic bags for used diapers/dirty clothes
  • 1-2 changes of clothes for baby
  • Formula/bottles (if not nursing)
  • Any prescription medication

The extras

  • Extra formula (or powder and water)
  • Extra pacifier (keep clean in a baggie)
  • Burp cloth
  • Sweater or coat for baby
  • No-spill cup/bottle or a juice box
  • Pacifier and holder
  • Bib
  • Hat
  • Blanket (for warmth or nursing privacy)
  • Children's acetaminophen
  • Small package of facial tissues
  • Camera
  • Photos/brag book
  • Toys/books
  • Snacks (for baby and you)

Just for mom

  • Clean shirt (in case of poop explosions, spitup, etc.)
  • Breast pads
  • Bottle of water
  • Cell phone

Note: Of course, the contents of your diaper bag will vary depending on the age of your baby, whether or not you have other kids, and your parenting style. It will take you some time to figure out just what you need... and then your baby will grow up a little more, and everything will change again!

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 2574reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 Good info. My husband should read it because it always tells me that why I put so many things in the bag. The point is that I have 2 little girls!!! March 3, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I feel much better knowing that I have been packing the right things in my bag! We have had to travel a lot in the beginning and I just guessed as to what to bring, this would have been helpful! February 28, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Very good information. True and very great like alot February 27, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by good to know I always for get to pack an extra shirt for me February 27, 2015
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