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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 informative article on packing the diaper bag & what is needed. September 15, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 This is very informative, and there are several things on the list that I do not pack. However, I will start. Thanks. September 14, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by INTERESTING..A MOTHER SHOULD DO ALL THESE FOR LIL.. September 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by very informative...we always keep nail clippers and a file in the diaper bag because we can only get nails cut while on a car ride...the silly things we have to do as moms just to get things accomplished. September 9, 2014
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