Baby Care

What To Pack In Your Diaper Bag



When you miss anything out when packing your diaper bag, it can make things most uncomfortable for you. Think about what you’d be needing and how long you would be out for, truth is, a well-stocked diaper bag can save the day.

The essentials

  • Diapers (one for each hour and extra)
  • Wipes (a whole pack or ten)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Changing pad. A hand towel should also be packed
  • Polythene bag to pack dirty clothes, diapers, baby blankets
  • Plastic or biodegradable bags
  • Bottle(s) of formula or expressed breast milk if you’re bottle-feeding
  • Snacks (for older babies and toddlers)
  • Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for toddlers)
  • Blanket to cover your baby or to serve as shade
  • Extra clothes for your child. You can never predict when a circumstances will necessitate the need for a change of cloth such as spit-up, drool, spills, or poop explosions.
  • Pacifier (if your child uses one) or other comfort item
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Tissues
  • Breast pads for nursing moms just in case your breast start leaking.

And don’t forget the things you’d be needing yourself such as your wallet, snacks, bottle of water, and an extra cloth  in case of a spit-up or a spill.

Here are things to consider before buying a diaper bag;

  • The bag should have different compartments so you can arrange all the baby things for easy access.
  • Go for a bag with a colour that won’t get dirty quickly and which opens wide and has a light coloured interior so you can easily see inside when you want to pick something.
  • Get a bag with zipper so that the content of the bag won’t spill out.
  • So you don’t have to go through the stress of carrying two bags, get a diaper bag that has space for your own personal stuffs.
  • Go for a quality diaper bag, it may cost more but that would save you the trouble of changing bags each time one spoils.
  • Buy a bag with a fabric that’ll be easy to clean.
  • Go for a bag with thermally lined pockets so you can keep your baby food warm.
  • Keep in mind that this bag will be your best companion, buy one with comfortable straps and which you like.

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I Didn’t Know Things Could Change So Much After A Baby



I’ve heard about how much having a baby can change your life, how a lot can change about your marriage if your marriage isn’t strong enough, a lot of advice were thrown my way, some of it was useful others were just trash. But I found out a lot by myself, since becoming a mum, I realised that having a few close friends who will be there when you need them is more important than having many friends that don’t care about how you’re doing.

I now know who my true friends are, even my friends who I consider myself close with haven’t met my son but that’s fine.

Even if you don’t want your friend who just gave birth to a baby to feel encumbered by being there all the time, send her a text once in a while, call them up to know how you can offer them your support, don’t expect them to be the one calling for help. And invite them to parties even if they can’t attend, they’d appreciate you not excluding them.

Needless to say, the friends I considered close to me neglected to be there for me, but that was the lesson I learnt. What I wasn’t fine with was my love life that got hit with the presence of our baby. My husband and I forgot about ourselves, we became more focused taking care of our little one.



We argue about little things as I was very impatient (I blamed this on sleeplessness) I never stopped loving him though, no, I love him even more but my tolerance level became low.

 

We went through hard times as parents, at a point, I was scared that my marriage would hit the rock but when we strive to set time aside for each other things changed positively.

I also lose my patience easily, every ounce of patience I ever had got lost, maybe at the labour room I think. I just can’t tolerate any bullshit anymore, from my husband, friend or opinionated strangers who think they can say whatever they like  even when their opinion is not sorted.

Had I known motherhood would be this tough and it would change so much I would have spent more time loving my husband and giving him more of my time, so the bond we create will strengthen us in loving another being, protecting and worrying about him without us being broken into two. I think I’m doing a good job though, and we’d last.

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