byJasleen Kaur GuptaAug 19, 2010 #InMyDiaperBag 8 Likes
1. All-purpose wipes:
Butt, hands, face, clothes, high chairs - you name it! A big packet of wipes is a must in any diaper bag. I like the fragrance free ones from Mothercare. From the more easily found brands, Himalaya is my top choice. They are a little too wet for some people's liking but I personally like the thickness and size.
2. Perfumed nappy sacks:
Besides the obvious use - to throw diapers away while keeping the smell intact, I also use it to dispose off dirty clothes, pack food bowls, throw wipes and trash when on the go. I use the ones from MotherCare that are really affordable and smell nice.
3. Water sipper:
I don't use bottle for my daughter but for those of you who do that will become an addition here. I have tried many sippers - hard spout, soft spot from Avent and Mee Mee but the one my daughter likes is a straw style from Nuby that is quite spill-proof too.
4. Fresh food and dry snacks:
Even if I step out for a couple of hours, I carry enough food for two meals and a snack or two. You never know when an outing turns into a long day so better be prepared. I make sure my baby samples everything so even when we in in restaurants we give her food from our plate whether it's salsa or dosa. However, outside food obviously doesn't agree with her so for backup I carry oatmeal, wheat sheera, egg fried rice or khichdi - things that are dry to semi-dry. As backup I always carry fresh fruit, biscuits, cereal and packaged food like Gerber or Heinz. I completely use that as the last option though.
5. A fresh pair of clothes: leggings with t-shirt, sleepsuit
I carry separates because they are easier to change on the go. As soon as it's evening I put my baby in her sleepsuit so she can be comfortable and if she falls asleep on the ride home, she can just be put in her cot without changing.
6. A fresh bedsheet and a shawl
In restaurants or people's home I find it a matter of hygiene to put her down on her own clean sheet, a shawl is great to cuddle up and doubles up as a blanket when she falls asleep.
7. A pair of socks
At malls and restaurants temperatures are often turned down. I find a pair of socks handy at such times.
8. A small toy
Just as a familiar soothing touch for the baby
9. Mosquito patches
Rain, sunshine or winters, mosquitoes are a harsh reality. When in the outdoor I always put a Mosbito patch on her for prevention.
10. Emergency medicines for colic, fever and pain
I carry Coliaid and Fevago in my diaper bag always, just in case.
11. Diapers and diaper rash cream
At least 4 diapers and a potent rash cream is an essential. I swear by Sudo Creme. Most diaper bags come with a water-proof changing pad, if yours doesn't, you will have to add that to your list.
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