First-time moms often want to know what to put in the Diaper Bag. Your needs vary, according to your baby's age, method of feeding and diapering. But, here's Crash Course.
If you're still pregnant, I highly recommend packing the diaper bag now (or at least soon). (It's not unusual to have a weight-check or appointment within 2-3 days of the birth.) Either way, you'll be glad your Diaper Bag is stocked and ready to go.
*Change of clothes
*Extra Socks (can double as mittens)
*Snack (i.e. granola bar, trail mix, crackers--non-perishable)
2 disposable nursers OR
Sterilized or bottled water, pre-measured powder formula
You'll need a 'wet' bag
Bigger Diaper Bag
Highly Suggest checking out: Snooty Booty Diapers
Pacifier (not for use in the first 3 wks, if you're breastfeeding)
It might be tempting to skip over things like "gum/mints".....But, after you've fed, changed and prepped the baby and barely made it out the door, there's a decent chance you'll be in the waiting room and realize you haven't even brushed your teeth. Or, you might be equally grateful for the granola, particularly if you're a nursing mama who fed her baby but not herself!
Depending on how frequently you go out, it's good to get in a regular habit of taking stock of your bag: have enough diapers? Do the change of clothes still fit? Is the hat/blanket warm enough?
Love to hear from you....If you have a comment or question, please share!
Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Mother of Three.