Everyone knows the basics, diapers, wipes, and food should be in your diaper bag. But they don’t make diaper bags that seem big enough to fit a toddler in for just these items. Here are a few more things that you might want to bring along with you.
First, if you decide to give your child a pacifier, you have probably noticed he drops it or spits it out of his mouth. Some mommies use a pacifier clip to resolve this issue. Personally, we use the “First Years Pacifier Wipes”. It is safe to use on pacifiers, toys, and baby’s hands and mouth. One of the two is important, especially if your little one is accustomed to his paci.
Next, it is vital to bring an extra pair of clothes not only for your baby, but for you! With the spit-up, projectile vomiting, there is a chance some of it may end up on the baby and you. That is why it is very handy to have an extra shirt in the diaper bag for you, just a quick change in the bathroom, and your back on your way.
It is also helpful to bring a grocery bag with you. That way you can put the wet/dirty clothes in the grocery bag before you put it in the diaper bag. This will help prevent the mess getting on and in your diaper bag.
Now while it may be 98 degrees where you live in July, it is still smart to bring a blanket. This will help if it begins to rain or the wind picks up. Even if you wrap up your baby, you can put it over the stroller or car seat to help protect them from the weather elements.
Once your little one gets a little older and can be occupied by toys, it is a good idea to pack a couple for when they are stuck waiting with you.
Also, a pad for the changing table is a must. They come in both disposable and non-disposable. Some bathrooms carry the disposal pads for you to use, others don’t. But they all carry germs and who knows how often the changing tables are cleaned. So just make sure to have a changing table pad to help keep your baby clean and healthy.
A travel size hand sanitizer for you should be found in a bag. Now I am not a germ freak, but lets face it people are gross, especially if your toting around a newborn its a good idea for you to use after touching carts, door knobs, money, really anything other people touch.
On that note sanitation wipes are good to have for anything your baby might touch, like carts, tables, and high chairs. Yet again you don’t know how often these are cleaned, if they ever are.
A thermometer is also a must have in the diaper bag. That way if you think your little one came down with a fever, you can check him where you are, instead of having to rush home first.
Any medicine that you give to him should be in the diaper bag as well. We keep infants Tylenol and gas drops in the bag. Just in case he runs a fever or has a tummy ache.
Well those are the basics for your diaper bag. As you run your errands with your baby you may notice little things unique to you that should be added. Well good luck, and hopefully this may take some stress out of your adventures out with your little one!