Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Chesapeake Bay, EUS
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This is going to change as baby gets older. For a newborn, we pack (or wear) sling, diapers, wipes, and change of clothes. The sling is a great multi-purpose item -- keeps baby warm , can provide privacy as you're getting comfortable nursing, can be a changing pad, provide a blanket to sit on, etc. *Maybe* one of those cool haba toys for babies, usually I end up playing with them more than an infant! A sling with a pocket is great because you can fit all your items in one. Bottle of water for me. The rest is, for us, needless baggage.
When baby gets older I find I need to bring along an actual bag for solid-food snacks, small books or toys, bulkier diapers for bigger baby, etc.
I guess if you're going to be out that long you might want to bring a change of shirt for yourself (spit up, drool, leaking, take your pick). I've read to pack one diaper for every hour you are out (for a newborn). You might need a bag after all if you're hauling around that many diapers!!
IBCLC, LLLL, Mom to 3, obsessive baker, where's my coffee