Choosing a diaper bag is no small task, you want to make sure it is durable, has lots of pockets and is easy to transport; however, lets not forget that what you put in that bag is equally important.
The obvious baby gear you want to have in a diaper bag is diapers and wipes but if you want to make sure you meet all of your baby’s needs in a pinch, you should remember the following 10 products…
- Changing mat – whether it’s a Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Changing station, an Ubbi On-The -Go Changing Mat or Baby Works Disposable Change Mats, a changing pad is a must to help keep surrounding surfaces clean. Some mats even help prevent the baby from sliding around as you try to change diapers.
- Thermometer – some parents never leave home without a basic nursery thermometer, yet more mothers are turning to dual-scan thermometers, as they are accurate and easy to use. For instance, having a Mobi DualScan PRIME ear and Forehead Digital Thermometer in your diaper bag can be handy and give you reassurance when you are away from home.
- Creams/lotions – no diaper bag is complete without gentle, effective cream. Li’l Niblets value pack of Sudocrem is a good choice to help soothe a baby’s soft, delicate skin.
- Pacifiers & Teethers – pacifiers and teethers for babies have never been so cute and they are practical so they belong in a diaper bag. Bright Starts First Bites Elephant Teether is adorable and as pointed out on Li’l Niblets product page, it has little massaging bristles to soothe tender front gums, an easy to grasp design and comes with an on-the-go storage case to help keep it sanitary. There are all sorts of other options including the popular Sophie La Giraffe Teether. When it comes to pacifiers, most parents are glad they have one in their diaper bag for those times when baby seems to be fussing but isn’t hungry. Many experts believe that sucking a pacifier makes babies feel calm in what is often a loud, chaotic world from their view.
- Plastic bags or a wet bag – this should be obvious but it is often missed. Every diaper bag needs a wet bag so mom or dad can store soiled diapers and clothes. Just be careful that if you are using plastic, baby doesn’t get at it. Plastic can be a hazard since it can cause suffocation.
- Hand sanitizer – in a perfect world you would always be near a washroom when your baby needs a change but since we don’t live in a perfect world, you’ll want to have some hand sanitizer in the bag to use before and after tending to your precious bundle.
- Sunscreen – since we are on the topic of skin, no matter what time of year it is, your baby will need sunscreen if you are outdoors so including it in the diaper bag is a must.
- Blanket – you never know when an extra blanket might come in handy. In a future blog we’ll be discussing how to choose the right blanket for your baby, but for a diaper bag we suggest a lightweight blanket because it won’t take up too much space.
- Cloth – a cloth or light rag is great to have in your diaper bag for burping the baby or cleaning up extra messes, such as spit-up. Some people purchase a few cloth diapers and throw them over the shoulder to burp their baby. They are soft and absorbent.
While we think of the above as the essentials, if you purchase the right diaper bag, you should be able to fit even more useful products into the various compartments. We’d love to hear from experienced Moms and Dads about what item they consider a must for their diaper bag, especially if it’s not on our list.