Including a diaper bag. Yay!
So I get home with all the stuff, and then I spend a long moment looking at that bag... and I realize I don't know what goes in there.
Seriously, what on earth goes in the diaper bag?
And then I think... I don't even know what should go in the diaper bag. Surely they will have the sense not to let me leave the hospital with a newborn! I am clueless!
Am I the only one who feels just clueless about this basic stuff?
So seriously, here's all I can think of. I know there's more.
- A couple of diapers (maybe keep more in the car, but just one or two in the bag)
- Plastic bags for holding used cloth diapers
- Baby wipes
- A prefold or two for a wipe/ burp cloth/ changing pad cover/ all purpose cloth
- Changing pad (the bag came with a matching one)
- Baby tylenol
- Breast pads
- A little nail scissor or clipper
- A clean baby outfit -- probably just a long sleeved onesie for the inevitable poo disaster
Personally, I never really bothered with the Tylenol or nail clippers (or breast pads -- I never needed those), and would include a full change of outift, but otherwise that is basically what I had in DS's diaper bag. (Now it includes a snack and sippy cup. ) Oh! And a small tube/can/jar of diaper rash cream! I used to carry that too.
You may want to exchange the prefold for a receiving blanket (also multi-purpose, but big enough to wrap baby in if it's cold and/or use as a nursing cover-up) and you should consider investing in a zippered wetbag at some point (so much nicer than plastic bags for dirty diapers). Are you planning to also carry a purse? I don't, so my wallet, cell phone, lip balm and hand sanitizer also go in there, as well as Kleenex and my keys. Then again, we didn't have a car until just last year, so I had to be more prepared when I went out then most people probably.
I would probably put more than one change of clothes in there, depending on how long you plan on being out/where you're going.
I agree that nail clippers and tylenol could probably be taken out.
Mandy Mom to Hayden (9), Ellie (7), Jordyn (4), Evan (10/07/09 - 01/11/12),
and our baby due January 29th!
I would have two full changes of clothes plus a wetbag big enough to hold the dirty clothes.
I second the receiving blanket suggestion - if your baby turns out to be a spitter you will need two or three of these and a few bibs.
I would also have a small bottle of hand sanitizer (for after changes and for people who want to hold the baby).
And I would carry three or four diapers b/c I shudder at the thought of being without and have come close.
I just wanted to say, that you shouldn't worry about your newbie status -- there's a steep learning curve at the beginning but it won't take you long at all to master all the stuff you and your baby need (which will be a bit different from all of us, anyway). Our babies are our best teachers.
So I agree with all the suggestions so far. My diaper bag has some diapers, wet wipes, Diaper rash cream, tylenol & gas drops, Prefold for spit up, nursing pads for me, and once baby comes and I figure out if I need newborn or 0-3 month clothes for her at the moment Ill put some spare clothes in it.
But I dont plan to carry a purse so all my stuff from my purse will end up in the diaper bag eventually too!
The diaper bag conveniently has a flap section with little pockets that is set up really well to be a purse, so I do think I'll combine my purse stuff in there. (I only carry a really small purse already, so it's basically wallet, cell phone, keys, lip balm, and pen now. That should all fit fine!)
And I agree a blanket is a must - either to keep baby from getting cold or just to drape over to keep people from trying to touch baby.
For longer outings, more than one outfit for baby, and even a clean shirt for yourself. Maybe a drool bib if yours turns out to be a drooler. And extra baby socks until you find some that actually stay on (and the cute little bootie socks NEVER stay on, it's always plain ones that work).
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But, what I pretty much always had when he was new -
at least 2 onesies
a pair of babylegs/huggalugs
and my wallet/keys/cell
And you'll always have random stuff you don't need, and not have the one thing you DO need. It's not being a newbie, it's being a mom of these unpredictable, completely crazy, absolutely wonderful little critters!
Best of luck!
Mom to DD born Jan. 08 and DS born Oct. 09, and "baby sister" due Oct 2013!
House mom to ten boys, ages 8-11 at a group home! Yes, I must be nuts!
Also a bag to put the dirty stuff in.
When I took my dd to her first dr's appt, I forgot to bring a diaper bag at all. She needed to be changed and I had nothing. Thankfully the dr's office had an extra diaper for her.
Later is when you need the Tylenol-when they are teething. You'll need it for both of you. We never left the house w/out ibuprofen for DD, it was a must have with teething.
One Mom, Three Kids. Life is Great.
I would use salve instead of diaper rash cream and Hylands teething tablets instead of tylenol for when teething starts.
Ditto on the extra clothes and socks, might keep an extra hat too.
And I love my wool zippered wet bag.
Happy outings!! (But stay at home as long as possible at first!)
Now do you know how to give a sponge bath That was what tripped me up in the hospital with my first LOL!
carmex (for me)
lanolin breast cream ( doubles as a rash cream)
extra receiving blanket
i usually have a bag for me stowed away in the car with exta clothes. i also have a thermal bag for bottles and a frozen gel pack...i'll be so glad to ditch those!
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11