Master the tricks of packing diaper bags!

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Packing the perfect diaper bag is an art. It depends a whole lot on how old your child is, how long you’ll be out, where you’re going, and how prepared you prefer to be. Use this go-to guide for all things you need to carry in a diaper bag.

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Diapers: Diapers are must-haves. Stock your bag with an extra number of diapers. Little babies need more diaper changes each day than older babies.

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Wipes: Throw in a travel-size box of wipes into your diaper bag. Another option: Pack a small stack of wipes in a resealable plastic storage bag. Be sure you have plenty.

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Diaper cream or ointment. It’s a good idea to carry a tube of ointment or cream to protect your baby’s most delicate skin with some cream.

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Changing pad: It is always better to add a changing pad to your bag. When shopping for a changing pad, be sure to choose one with a water-resistant finish for quick cleanup.

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Burp Clothes: These lightweight rags are perfect for throwing over your shoulder when burping baby. But they’re also good for wiping faces and spit-up. Cloth diapers are soft, absorbent and work well as burp cloths.

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Blankets: These lightweight blankets take up little space and come in handy if you need to put your baby down for a nap. They’re also great for putting over your baby to protect his skin from brisk winds or cool temperatures.

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Set of clothes: You never know what mess you will have to go through while travelling. Therefore, always pack extra set of clothes for your baby.

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Favorite toy: Packing the favorite toy of your little one makes a lot of sense as it would help diffuse boredom. It can be anything from a rattle to a mirrored gadget.

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Bib: No matter what your baby’s age, always pack a bib. It helps feeding to a large extent. Bibs are available with ties, hook-and-loop tape closures, and T-shirt necklines that can be pulled over baby’s head.

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Identification: Make a business card or laminate an index card with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address in case your baby’s diaper bag gets lost. Proper identification will make it easier for the person who finds it to get your bag back to you.

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Extras: Depending on how long you’re planning to be out, other diaper bag essentials you should pack are a ziplock bag for dirty diapers, and a bottle of formula if you’re not breastfeeding. And don’t forget a bottle of water and snack for you.

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Getting out of the house with little ones can be a sanity-saver. But, in order for an outing to go well, it’s important to strike the right balance between having everything you need on-hand without being weighed down. It’s also important to have a stream-lined system for packing a diaper bag so that you can leave the house in just a few minutes rather than spending hours checking to make sure you have everything you need.

We are sure you have a great trip with your baby with the above essentials stocked up.

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