When I got the exciting (yet horrifying) news that I was expecting my first bundle of joy, I was bursting with so many different emotions that I thought I was going to have a nervous break down. I’m sure a lot of women go through the same.
This was the moment that I wasn’t quite ready for, for my life was about to change drastically in the course for 9 months! What have I’ve gotten myself into??
Stacking up on boo-koos amounts of books, blogs and other fun reading material from what to wear to what kind of food to eat to what color the nursery should be. (Phew!) I’ve learned the hard way even though I felt I was overly prepared. Truthfully, nothing will really prepare you other than experience. Because one person’s experience could be so much more different than yours. They could have the most perfect and well behaved child, where you get this wild child from Uranus. You could follow all the books and instruction manuals to life and life will still throw a curve ball that you didn’t quite plan for. Isn’t that lovely?
So, one of the things that worried me the most after little baby arrived was what on earth do you suppose to put in this huge diaper bag? Do you really need that much space? Does it have to be that big? Do you suppose to overpack? What if I don’t pack enough?
I had a friend tell me that when my child gets older, the load will lessen. And she was right.
Ok, so what do you suppose to put in those diaper bags??
Most importantly, DIAPERS!! I recommend 10-12 diapers. You just never know! And plenty of wipes. I say a full pack. You never know what will happen and you can use wipes for more than just wiping tushy!
(I’m a “honest mom”. I enjoy most of Honest products, so you’ll see them here and there.)
2-3 outfits or bodysuits because boy they can mess up a change of clothes really quick!
3 blankets. If it’s cold outside, let’s say 4 or 5.
A good stain remover, travel size or in a travel container. Trust me, blow outs are so messy and especially with breastfed babies, the stains are darn near impossible to get out! Better get a head start if you’re not getting home any time soon.
Plastic trash bags or Disposable sacks. Yes, they aren’t the most eco-friendly but you need somewhere to put those soiled diapers and wipes.
First-Aid kit. Wal-Mart sells these little travel sized first aid kits that includes alcohol wipes, bandaids, first aid creme and gauze for less than a dollar and they do come in handy. You just never know!
An extra set of clothes for you. Even though the spit up dries up after a while and it’s not that bad (it smells, though), maybe you’re going to a special event and the baby just puked out half of his life on your new silk blouse. (why are you wearing silk with a newborn?) So, You’re gonna need back up! Always have a back up plan!
Medicines– Depending on how old your newborn is, I’m speaking based on the first few months (0-5 months) you probably want to bring diaper rash cream, gripe water, bug stray, sunblock, Tylenol, a plastic syringe, a thermometer and a few bibs.
2 pairs of socks and 2 hats.
2 bottles, (if you’re breastfeeding, I suggest a cooler to keep fresh pumped milk cool. Shelf life of breastmilk can be tricky.) I usually just breastfeed in public. Put a cloth over him or let my shirt cover most of my boob. I’m feeding my child, not trying to attract pervs!
Snacks for you! Thinking things like dried fruit, granola, water bottle.
A little book to read and a few small toys. Sometimes, you’re going to need to distract your baby. And especially when they are at the grabbing things stage, you’re going to need to keep them occupied!
I also may suggest a little book to keep medical records in. For example, a small address book you can write days and shot records or keep up with prescriptions.
I think I covered it all. Phew! That’s a lot! So, to answer those questions above. Yes, you need all that space. A big bag. Better safe than sorry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out of the house with the kids and the little one messed up his clothes within the first 5 mins of arriving. And me, foolishly leaving home without an extra outfit. (TJ Maxx to the rescue!) Getting a new outfit might not sound too bad unless you’re on a tight budget.
So, just prepare for all of life’s hiccups and learn to enjoy them. Those little moments go so quick. Those chubby cheeks and chunky legs won’t stay that way for long, and those cute coos & sweet giggles will turn into questions that you don’t know the answer to. Soon, they’ll be going to school and making friends and before you know it, they will be going off to college or whatever they choose to do. Then, when you see that smile on their face and feel that tight hug, you’ll know you’ve done a good job.
Until next time. 🙂 Be sweet and enjoy the simple things, like packing your diaper bag!