Many of you wonder what to pack in a newborn’s diaper bag. Even though they’re tiny little babies, we still need to be prepared with a series of items. After having Julianna, I’ve had some experience as to what’s important to have in a diaper bag.
- Lots of diapers: Newborns tend to wet and soil diapers many times because of the amounts of feedings during the day and night.
- Wipes: Diapers and wipes go hand in hand. You’ll definitely need a lot of these. I’ve had many blow-outs in random places (in the car, for example) that have required many wipes. It’s never a bad idea to have plenty.
- Changing pad cover: I would never change my child on a public changing table. The number of germs and bacteria in those places is so disgusting that I wouldn’t want my baby’s skin to touch any part of that. Therefore, I always carry my own changing pad cover and I throw it regularly in the washer to keep it clean.
- Change of Clothes: I like to have 2 extra change of clothes in case the baby has accidents. It’s not uncommon to have leaks or poop blow-outs that require an outfit change. Be prepared and have extra clothes handy.
- Pacifier, Pacifier Clip, and Pacifier Container: If you’re OK using pacifiers, I would recommend having an extra pacifier or pacifier wipes in case the baby drops the pacifier on the floor. I also have a pacifier container for when the baby isn’t using it.
- Diaper trash-bags: I like to have these in case I don’t have a trashcan to throw the dirty diaper away. To prevent the ugly smells, I think these baggies are awesome!
- Diaper cream: For diaper rashes. I like the brand Desitin, but this is a personal choice.
- Bottle and formula: This is if you’re bottle feeding.
- Nursing Cover: If you’re breastfeeding, you might need to breastfeed in public areas. To prevent ugly looks from people (which is very common sometimes), it’s useful to have a nursing cover for privacy. I personally have the “Undercover Baby” which I absolutely LOVE because not only is it useful as a nursing cover, but it can also be used as a car seat cover, an infinity scarf, and/or a shopping cart cover once the baby is older. It’s awesome to just have to carry one thing instead of 4.
- Baby Carrier: I like to have my baby K’tan or baby Bjorn with me because it’s easier to carry the baby this way than with the heavy car seat sometimes.
- Blanket/ Socks: It’s always a good idea to keep a blanket and socks to keep your baby warm if needed. You won’t need this during the summer unless you’re going to be in a cold indoor place.
- Nursing Pad Covers: These are good to have in case you tend to produce a lot of milk and you leak before and after breastfeeding. You don’t want to have milk stains on your outfit.
- Burp Cloths/ Bib: You’ll need at least 2 of them every time you leave the house. The baby will definitely need to be burped after each feeding so it’s always good to have back-ups to stay clean.
I think these are the most important items for a newborn. You don’t have to carry water or juice because they can’t have that until when they’re older and their digestive tract is a little more developed. You also don’t need to carry snacks because they can’t chew yet. So the diaper bag packing is pretty simple and straight forward. If I’m missing something, make sure to leave a comment below!