It is not uncommon to see diaper bags bulging with everything ranging from disposable diapers to digital thermometers, only to have something important missing. While trying to balance between packing important things in diaper bags and packing things that you think might be needed, you might just find that you have crammed in too many things.
This ends up in a whole lot of frustration, especially when you are trying to find something small, and you have to sift through a pile of other stuff. As time passes and you get used to being a parent, you will find that you do not need to really carry along the entire nursery when you travel. Smart, simple planning will go a long way in helping you to pack a diaper bag.
To begin with, consider the size of the diaper bag, as well as the duration that you plan to travel. If you are going on a short trip, consider a tote bag. For longer trips, a large diaper bag would be needed. Depending on how long you plan to stay out, you can choose between just carrying along a bottle of milk, or more feeding bottles. If you are a nursing mother, carry along a few nursing pads.
Remember the most essential thing – diapers. Include at least six to eight diapers, just to be on the safe side. While diapers are important, also remember to carry along a few anti-bacterial wipes to wipe any part of your baby that needs it, or to even clean your own hands. Changing pads are also essential so as to keep your baby clean.
Along with those essentials, remember to carry along a couple of changes of clothes for your baby, along with socks and a blanket. A diaper cream is optional, and can be carried along if your baby is prone to diaper rash or if you plan to travel for long hours.
Don’t forget the all-important plastic bags which will be needed to hold soiled clothes and diapers. A small toy to amuse your little one can also be carried along. Don’t forget emergency medicines, a medicine dropper, nasal syringe and thermometer. Also, always carry all emergency contact information with you so that you will be prepared in any crisis.