Diaper bags: Essential checklist
When you take your baby out of the house, you’ll want to be prepared for any situation. But don’t go overboard and weigh yourself down. Here’s what you’re likely to need in Baby’s diaper bag:
For an afternoon outing
- Extra clothing: Take along a complete change of clothing, including socks.
- Diapers: Plan on packing one diaper for every three hours you’re away from home, plus one extra.
- Diaper wipes: Other than dirty diapers, you can also use wipes to clean up before handling your baby.
- A plastic storage bag: Place used diapers and wipes in here.
- A pacifier, if your baby uses one.
- A hat
- A towel or cloth diaper: You’ll need something to hold under her chin when you burp her.
- Formula and bottles: Pour prepared formula into bottles and transport them in an insulated bag. Or pour water into bottles at home. Pack the water-filled bottles and powdered formula separately. Then mix a batch of formula whenever your baby needs a feeding. For a newborn, plan on 2 to 4 fluid ounces of formula for every 2 to 3 hours you’ll be away from home.
- A healthy snack and water for Mom: These two items are especially important if you’re breastfeeding. To help maintain your energy, pack one or more of the following: apple, banana, nutrition bar, pretzels, dried fruit, bagel, crackers, or fruit juice just in case.
For an overnight stay
In addition to everything listed above, your baby will need:
- Extra outfits: Pack at least two clean outfits for every day you’ll be away from home, plus one extra. If you’re flying, put at least a day’s worth in your carry-on luggage.
- A baby blanket for extra warmth
- Extra booties
What about the weather?
Check on the forecast before you leave home and you’ll be even better prepared for an outing with your baby. Depending on the current weather and the forecast, you may want to pack these items as well:
- Extra blanket and heavy hat: Use these to cover your baby’s ears if it’s cold or windy.
- Sunblock: Take along a sunblock recommended for your baby’s age, plus an umbrella or other protection to keep your baby out of the sun if it’s hot and sunny. Use sunblock on overcast days too—she can get sunburned even when the sun isn’t shining.