Whether you're a first time mom or a mommy expert I think it is good to know what all you need in your diaper bag! I have a 7 year age difference between my two cuties and let me be the first to tell you that there are things I carry now that I didn't with my first one. I decided to just go with my Top 10 because if not this blog post could be in the running for the longest blog post ever!
So here is my list:
1. Extra pacifier!
You can never have too many of these! And as any mom will tell you this can be the difference between 15-20 minutes of quiet time and a meltdown right in the middle of a store!
I used this one while I was BFing my youngest as the hospital recommend these.
This one is used as my spare because when it isn't in the baby's mouth the cover is over the nipple so it won't get dirty.
2. Diaper rash cream.
Hands down Boudreaux's butt paste is the best stuff ever. Don't need to say anything more. Mom's know what I am talking about!
3. Diapers and Wipes
I prefer either Huggies or Pampers because my little one can pee through all the others. HOWEVER use what best suits you. One my oldest daughter I could put any brand on her and they worked fine so each baby is different! And for baby wipes I like the Pampers Sensitive.
4. Fold and Go Diapering Kit
I wish they had had this when my oldest was a baby. Maybe they did and I didn't know it but either way I love it! It is compact and can fit in my big purse (which now acts as my diaper bag/purse). AND it has a place to put the diapers and has a wipes holder so it is a 3 in one! This one below is made by My First Years and is only 11 bucks. So worth it!
5. Pacifier wipes.
You may have the pacifier on a "leash" attached to your baby's clothes. You may have the pacifier with the shield that covers it when it isn't in the baby's mouth but I guarantee you that the pacifier will still get dirty. Hence the need for the wipes!
6. Burp cloths
Babies spit up. A lot. Period. Need for this item is a must have!
These work good and even the cloth diapers that you can get at Babies R Us work great too!
7. Extras...of every clothing item!
I could list each item individually but then this list would be really long so I grouped the extras into one. Extra burp cloth, bib, and outfit.
8. Baby Bottle
This is obvious BUT I put it on here because it is necessary! And OBVIOUSLY when I put this on the list it means it also includes either an expressed bottle of breast milk or formula! I love the Playtex VentAire bottle because it reduces gas and spit up and helps prevent ear infections.
9. Hand Sanitizer
This is one of my must haves because of how dirty restrooms are and doors and everything in general!
10. Baby Medicine
*Talk to your doctor about what is best (or even at all) for your baby depending on age!!*
At certain ages your baby can take medicine to help reduce a fever especially after getting shots. (Mine is getting her 4 month shots today! ) And gas drops for your small baby if they are having gas problems.
So there you go...that's my list! I also like to include a snack for mom in the bag as well but that isn't in my "Top 10" because it isn't for baby. But you will realize that running around doing your errands that you might have forgotten to eat so it is smart to have something handy for yourself as well!
So what is one of your must have for your diaper bag??