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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8 Symptoms That Show When Baby Starts Teething

When it comes to teething, babies start at different ages and to be able to better cope with everything that comes with teething, it’s important that parents familiarize themselves with baby teething symptoms so it can be easier on them.

And here are the 8 symptoms of teething in babies;

1. Excessive drooling

Excessive drooling is one of the first symptoms of teething, the incoming teeth will stimulate the gum, then the water will pour. A lot of towels and bibs will come handy. Diarrhea and loose stools may follow excessive drooling.

2. Baby starts biting

Babies will bite anything they can put their mouth on, this is because of the pressure on their gum. Toys, teethers, and even their mother’s nipple is not exempted.

3. Baby cries in pain

Inflamed gum can make teething painful which will cause babies to be uncomfortable. Your baby might cry in pain and be extra fussy, just bear with them.

4. Bleeding gum

Their gum might bleed, this is called hematoma. The bleeding takes place under the gum. Watch out for a bluish lump on your baby’s gum, although it’s no cause for alarm.

5. Refusing food

Some babies are more sensitive than others in the way they feel and respond to pain, they might even refuse to eat. Feeding will be quite difficult for them when teething. Do not stop forcing food on their throat though.

6. Fever 

Fever is also another common symptom of teething, but it’s low-grade fever which is no cause for alarm or worrying. But if it lasts more than 3 days and it’s high, consult your doctor.

7. Diarrhoea 

Babies sometimes suffer diarrhea when teething, this may or may not be as a result of the large amount of drool they swallow but if it’s extreme, consult your doctor immediately to rule out other possibilities.

8. Cheek rubbing 

Your baby might rub her cheek from time to time, this is because often times, the pain from teeth may radiate to the cheeks thus her to rub the cheek and soothe the pain. Although, this might also be a symptom of an ear infection so watch out.

Finally, you can conduct a test if you suspect that your child is teething, wash your fingers, then with one clean finger rub your baby’s gum, if a tooth is on it’s way, you’ll feel it. Meanwhile, rashes, sleeplessness, and coughing are other symptoms of teething. If any of these symptoms are in the extreme, check with your doctor.

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