What is in the Bag? Infant Edition
Leaving the house with a newborn can seem like such a daunting task for a new parent. A big part of getting out the door with a little one or several little ones is having your baby gear organized and ready, which may seem impossible when faced with an unpredictable infant and no sleep. I promise you, it is possible.
When our twins were born I was determined to get outside and walk. They were born in May up in Minnesota, which is a gorgeous time of year. Once we got through the first week of NICU visits, I wanted to get outside. Not for long, inspiring adventures - just for a walk. This was not always pretty, but it was a start. Along the way, I learned some tips to make getting out the door for a walk, playdate, or appointment a little easier.
Start with the Diaper Bag. When our twins were infants I used a diaper bag like this, mostly because it was one of the biggest I could find.
Have it Ready to Go. I had it fully stocked with the things listed below at all times. This means that when we got home from an adventure, or later that afternoon or evening before I put the bag away, I would make sure that it was re-stocked and ready to go. Knowing that you have everything you need means that you can grab your keys, cellphone, baby, bag and go. For me, this made getting out the door with two infants just a little bit easier and sometimes when you are a newbie parent all you need is for things to be just a little bit easier.
Know What You Need. Listed below is what we had in our diaper bag at all times (I have adjusted the amounts to reflect what ONE child needs. We obviously doubled everything). Depending on the specific needs of a season (say adding sunscreen for summer time) or a specific outing (swim suits and towels for the beach) I might add things to the bag, but for an average trip to the store or story time at the library this bag covers your general bases.
*2 Diapers (we used these cloth ones)
*Wet Bag or Gallon Sized Ziplock Bag (for dirty diapers and/or soiled clothes)
*Hand Sanitizer (We loved this sanitizer/lotion)
*Diaper Changing Mat (ours came with the diaper bag)
*2 Changes of Clothing (make sure it is a full change - socks included)
*Change of Shirt for Mom
*Nursing Cover (if not nursing, bottles and formula would be substituted here)
*Nursing Pads for Mom
*Small Container of Cheerios or other finger food
*Snack + Water Bottle for Mom (especially if nursing)
*2 Small Toys and/or Books (these were rotated occasionally and mostly used for periods of waiting)
*Nuk (we had one pacifier user and one thumb sucker)
Now you're almost ready to go. Pop over here to see what else you need to know before you first (or next) outing with a baby.
Large Diaper Bag that you love.
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