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What to Pack in the Diaper Bag

When you have your first baby you put everything but the kitchen sink into the diaper bag. Why? You think you need all that stuff in there because that’s what every book tells you you’ll need. But what do you really need in that bag? Is it really necessary to be lugging around 40 pounds of baby paraphernalia?
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By: Arianne Segerman

When you have your first baby you put everything but the kitchen sink into the diaper bag. Why? You think you need all that stuff in there because that’s what every book tells you you’ll need. But what do you really need in that bag? Is it really necessary to be lugging around 40 pounds of baby paraphernalia?

Here are my must haves (and not one thing more) when it comes to the packing of the diaper bag!

1. Diapers, wipes, wetbag (for cloth diapering folks), wipes solution (for cloth wipe users) and changing pad — These are the obvious needs, right? But how many diapers are you stuffing in there? For a newborn, when you’ll be out all day, 5-6 diapers is good (plus or minus depending on disposable vs. cloth). As baby gets older, you can take less and less. Now I usually don’t have more than 2 diapers in my bag and my baby is almost 10-months-old.

2. Bottle or nursing cover (or not!), and when babe is older – one spoon, one bib, baby food or baggy of toddler snacks. This shouldn’t take up more than a tiny amount of space in the bag.

3. Change of clothes — unless baby is a newbie, you don’t need more than one outfit unless you’ll be gone all day long.

4. Toys – don’t need more than three small toys! Also a pacifier if your baby uses one.

5. Travel size diaper cream and sunscreen

Bonus: If your diaper bag is also your bag — your wallet, lipgloss and phone.

Seriously, nothing more is really needed, and no more than these quantities except for special circumstances like being out from morning till night. It’s so much easier to keep all this in the diaper bag packed up and ready to go when you need it, because not only will it reduce stress but it will encourage you to get out of the house more often too!

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by I like this article. It seems it is easy to overpack. :) I also made up a list and laminated it on a tag so I could check things off and be sure I had my supplies with me! Nothing worse than needing clothes and not having any! April 17, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I just had a premature baby, its my first & i made sure to get a nice fancy GUESS diaper bag...lol & i kinda had no clue what to even carry in it...HHHuumm but now i know since i read this article..Do's & Dont's about what to carry in your babys bag !Thanx i was clueless, i mean i had an idea...but wayy too much stuff in that idea ! Now i know just to pack the basics & it makes complete sense, ! Thanxs YAY... now ima be a light packer ! April 15, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 We have 7 children we use an over night bag to put clothes, butt paste, extra diapers, cups, spoons and anything else that we might need while we are out in and keep in the vehicle that way if anyone needs something we can be ready with a change of clothes. Yes we have to go out to the vehicle but at least we don't have to carry all that with us. In the bag we carry with us I have a couple of baby wash cloths just in case the mess it just too much to clean up with wipes or by some chance we run out of wipes. We have three autistic children so we carry their pullups with us, 1-2 for each. And then we have the baby diapers, wipes, a couple of small toys (ex: teether ring, small car, small stuffed animal) and one outfit for the baby. This way our bag we carry into places is small and light while our other bag has everything we might need in the car which would not take long to get to. In the instances that we go some place that is not convenient to get to the vehicle we do pack a little heavier but we also have little pack packs that the bigger kids carry their cups pull ups extra clothes or what ever they might need. If you have a small baby in an infant seat still the little rings that you can hang toys on really helps. April 3, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I only bring what is needed for the day in a large carry all March 31, 2015
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