Part of the trouble with bringing your baby somewhere isn’t the baby, it’s all the stuff that comes with him! You want to have a well-stocked diaper bag, so you through in bibs, extra clothes, blankets, toys, books, and more! Lighten your load and pack only the essentials. Sure you might get stuck somewhere without something, but chances are you’ll survive and so will your little one, and your shoulders will thank you!
So what do you need? Here’s a list for an infant (up to 12 months):
- Blanket – this can have many uses from a cover-up for breastfeeding, wiping up spit up, or covering up the baby if it gets cold. Who cares if it gets dirty — just wash it when you get home! Bring a smallish receiving blanket so it doesn’t take up too much room.
- Moby – must smaller than a stroller, and just as useful. You can roll it up or fold it and it’ll fit in the bag pretty easy. Even better idea? Put the moby on before you leave and then you can just wear your baby upon arrival to your destination.
- Two or three diapers – how long are you going to be gone anyway? You only need one diaper for every 2-3 hours, plus an extra. Pack accordingly. Pack only a few wipes. Chances are you won’t need too many, and you can always use a wet paper towel in an “emergency”.
- Applesauce in tupperware – have some already made up in the fridge or buy those little fruit cups and put it inside a bigger tupperware dish (in case they don’t eat the whole thing). Or you could just throw out the leftovers. Your choice. A little spoon won’t take up that much more room, so better add that too. This will give a baby on solids a little snack, but you won’t have to worry about it going bad in warm weather. Chances are though, your baby will be okay exclusively breastfeeding if you’re only going to be gone a few hours.
No extra clothes — how often do you use those anyway?
No toys – chances are your baby will be amazed by your destination
No books – read at home!
Maybe some seasonal stuff – sunscreen in the summer, a hat in the winter.
No “just in case” – if you don’t use it five times a day, you won’t need it on this little outing. Don’t pack it!
If you keep it light, you might be able to do away with the diaper bag altogether, and just add the essentials to your purse. Bonus!
Going away for a longer trip? Check out what one Erie mom packed for a week at camp. What’s your essential diaper bag got in it?