Packing a Baby Bag
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It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and noise of being a new parent. You’re suddenly bombarded with new, foreign daily tasks and a complete mind shift. Forgetting things that seem to be no-brainers happens to all parents, but becoming a pro at packing a baby bag is an important step in making sure you always have everything you need. Here are some simple hacks to remember when getting ready to take your precious little one on an outing.
Choosing the right bag
These days, infant and toddler bags come in the most wonderful array of shapes and colours. Don’t fall into the trap of buying a baby bag for the sake of beauty over practicality. Often, you will find yourself out on your own with your baby, and you’ll need both hands. Choose a bag that is comfortable to wear on your shoulders, keeping your hands free for shopping and playing ‘catch’. These bags often come with cooler compartments to keep your baby’s snack cold and fresh. Separate compartments in the bag are useful in keeping the contents organised.
Fundamental things to pack
The contents of the baby bag may differ depending on the outing, but there are certain items that will need to be packed regardless of where you’re off to and what you will be doing. Make sure you have at least three nappies, along with nappy changing accessories like wet wipes and cream. Now that you’ve taken care of toileting, focus on fluids and snacks for the trip. If you are formula feeding, take some formula and bottles along. Breastfed babies can feed on demand if mom is around, or if the baby is scheduled for an outing with dad, mom can pop a bottle of expressed milk into the bag. Next, consider the weather. It’s wise to have a baby hat in the bag in case you find yourselves outdoors, and a warm sweater or blanket in case it gets cold. A change of clothing or a second baby-grow or vest is a nice item to have if your baby spits up or gets dirty. Pack a toy or two in the bag, and the dummy, if your baby uses one. Place some plastic bags in the bag for rubbish or soiled clothes.
Maintaining the bag
Ideally, a friend or family member should be able to take the bag and the baby, offering you a well-deserved break, and they should find everything they need inside. Get into the habit of restocking the bag after each outing, so that potentially dreaded excursions are effortless.
The information in this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.