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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 Very helpful! I am always forgetting to put things into the diaper bag! There are a few things I didn't even think about! January 27, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Great tips! I didnt think about some of the things listed here. Thanks! Also i believe you should some reading supplies or other entertainment in your diaper bag for when your sitting out with your baby and he or she is sleeping and or playing. January 23, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This article was very helpful. There were a few things I didn't think to keep in the diaper bag but now I do. January 20, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I always over pack my diaper bag I'm glad there is a check list to go by. January 19, 2015
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