If you have a baby or if you are expecting one, you can already tell that babies need a lot of stuff and they add up pretty quickly. A lot of these things babies need, you need to be able to carry with you on the go. Hence the importance of a diaper bag. As the baby grows older and changes, the items you need to put Inside a Diaper Bag change too.
As you change up items that go in a diaper bag, there are however some items that remain constant, these items are referred to as basics. However, we are going to stick with the beginning stages i.e 0-6 months and list some of the basics you need inside a diaper bag when you have a child in this age range.
What should be in a Diaper Bag for a Newborn
- Baby Wrap/Carrier – Most baby wraps or carriers are lightweight so you can easily carry one around. They come in handy when you need to use both hands for other activities instead of holding the baby. They also come in handy when you need to put your baby to sleep
- Swaddle Blanket – These are great to keep on hand in case you need to swaddle while you’re out or even to just add shade to your car seat or stroller. They can also be used as a nursing cover.
- Burp Cloth – A burp cloth is important for obvious reasons especially in those early months when the baby eats very frequently. Babies are messy! Get a bunch of burp cloths and always put two or three in a diaper bag at all times
- Teether/Toy – You don’t need to carry too many pacifiers or toys with you. They end up distracting the bay and getting lost all the time, they also take up diaper bag space. Stick with one toy that’s hopefully their favorite. This toy could also serve as a pacifier or teething if your baby needs one. There are lots of toys that have that dual functionality to finding one shouldn’t be that hard.
- Changing Pad – Newborns require a lot of diaper changes and you never know where you’ll be when the need for one arises, so carrying a changing pad is important. Many diaper bags come with one that rolls up to fit easily, but you can find other fold-up options out there if you look and they can fit inside a diaper bag perfectly.
- Bottle – Baby bottles are handy if you’re bottle feeding and even if you’re solely nursing you might need them for when you pump and store up breast milk for long trips with the baby.
Changing Your Baby
Now that we’ve covered all the essentials of what should be inside a diaper bag for 0-6-month-old babies, let’s talk about another very important aspect; changing a baby. Changing your baby is one of the earliest and best ways you can bond with your baby. Parents look forward to a lot when expecting a baby such a late night feedings, giving them their shots, burping the baby, swaddling that baby etc If you never had to be a nanny and change anew born do not fret because it’s a pretty easy task and as I mentioned earlier, it is a great way to bond with your baby. Below are tip you can follow when changing your baby
- Set Up the changing area: A changing area should be well outfitted from the moment baby comes home. That means lots of extra diapers, wipes, a tube of Baby Diaper Cream to protect that delicate skin, and the all-important diaper pail. Everything should be in place and within arms reach. Then you can focus on the baby and not have to be frantically searching for supplies or have to walk away from the changing station when changing the baby.
- Talk to your baby: Science has shown that babies already start hearing from when they are in the womb. So don’t think it’s too early to start talking to your baby when he or she is born. Giving a play-by-play announcement may seem silly or awkward at first, but it really works, even for newborns. Talk to him in a peaceful, quiet voice as you go through your diaper-changing routine, explaining what’s happening and what you’re going to do next. If the diaper cream is a little cold, make sure he knows beforehand. Of course, a newborn can’t understand our words, but they can begin to sense our intentions. You can also sing to them.
- Keep a toy with the baby: Place a stuffed animal next to the baby on the changing table. Not only will it be a comforting sight, it’ll also give her something to focus on (and possibly distract her from what you’re doing down there). Even better, having an object to hold could help keep the baby from wiggling too much or trying to fidget with the diapers.
- Be ready even when you’re not at home: Here comes the importance of the diaper bag and what’s in it I already discussed in detail above. You know a multi-pocketed diaper bag and foldable changing pad are absolute must-haves. But beyond their main purpose, keeping diapers, wipes, balm, and other changing essentials with you at all times. They also provide a sense of security for baby. The familiar pattern and feel of the changing pad can be a cue for babies in a public restroom, letting him know that even if the place may look different, the diaper change will be the same.
- Take Your time: Do not rush when changing your baby. Be patient and handle them gently even if you’re in public. The calmer and more deliberate you are, the more at ease the baby will be. If you’re being on edge or chaotic, the bay can read your body language and start to cry or squirm and before you know it there’s poop everywhere and no one is happy. Take your time and enjoy the process and bond with your baby.