Packing a diaper bag is something you should only need to do once. From there, it’s a simple matter of keeping your supplies topped and adding anything you might require for a particular trip. It’s important to work with the basics that everyone needs but also add in the unique items that your baby might benefit from.
To help you perfect the packing process, here are seven essentials that should always be in your diaper bag:
Nappy Rash Cream
Nappy rash cream serves more than one purpose. There’s the obvious – it soothes sore skin affected by a nappy rash – but it serves a few other purposes too. The zinc oxide contained in creams like Sudocrem nappy rash cream can cool hot skin, making it a decent after-sun ointment if you don’t have any soothing aftersun gel handy. It’s also effective as an emergency sunscreen on young skin if you don’t have an alternative nearby.
It goes without saying, but it’s surprisingly easy to overlook. You always need a few spare diapers/nappies in your diaper bag, so pack a few more than you believe you might need. The rising trend of organic cloth diapers (often made from organic cotton or bamboo) calls for a few waterproof bags too. There’s nothing as frustrating as trying to transport wet reusable nappies, so these bags will be lifesavers.
A Change Of Clothes
Young babies tend to spit up quite often as they haven’t quite developed the ability to keep everything down. While this is generally normal (except in diagnosed cases of reflux), it calls for some preparation ahead of time. Keep a fresh change of clothes handy in your diaper bag. Even for older babies, the possibility of spilling on themselves remains an ever-present risk, so a change of clothes is always useful.
A Burp Cloth
A burp cloth is usually made from some sort of toweling and it’s a useful tool for cleaning vomit, spilled beverages, and food mess. A burp cloth dipped in water also serves as a useful wipe for cleaning faces and hands, when needed.
A Blanket Or Comfort Toy
Each child has their own comfort item. A blanket is common as the fleece material is so soft and soothing. Children also sometimes have a particular toy they’ve bonded with. It’s imperative to include this in your diaper bag – weaning a child from their beloved comfort item doesn’t need to happen until they’re older.
A Bottle Of Water
Water is essential for all life on Earth, and it’s also essential for your diaper bag. Whether you need to quench your thirst or use it as lubrication with which to clean a dirty face, water is always useful to have on hand.
Baby wipes are gentle enough for use on young and sensitive skin but tough enough to remove dirt and a good number of germs too. Always opt for baby wipes as opposed to regular wet wipes as the latter are not designed for use on young children. They contain harsh ingredients, so it’s not uncommon for them to cause rashes if applied to baby skin.
Fill your diaper bag with the seven essentials above, and you’ll be armed and ready to handle any situations that may arise with your little one. Parents of children with allergies or other special needs can complete the bag with the medical supplies and other specific accessories needed.