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Diaper Bag Checklist

by Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Perfect Parenting and Kid Cooperation

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  • Diapers and diaper covers (one for each hour away from home)
  • Baby wipes or wet washcloths in baggies, or dry washcloths to be wet in a sink elsewhere
  • Changing pad
  • Empty plastic bag
  • Breast pads
  • Formula and bottles
  • Sippy cup or boxed juice
  • Pacifier
  • Receiving blanket
  • Toys or teething rings
  • Baby food, snacks, spoon, bib
  • Note card with name, address and emergency numbers
  • Your cell phone
  • Your wallet

Your all day diaper bag

  • Diapers and diaper covers (one for each hour away from home)
  • Baby wipes or wet washcloths in baggies
  • Changing pad
  • Diaper ointment
  • Empty plastic bags
  • Formula and bottles or breast pads
  • Bottle cooler, insulated bottle holder or thermos
  • Sippy cup or boxed juice
  • Two pacifiers
  • One or two receiving blankets
  • Toys or teething rings
  • Baby books
  • Complete set of baby’s clothes
  • Baby’s jacket or sweater
  • Extra shirt for you if baby spits up
  • Baby food, snacks, spoon, bib
  • Snack for you
  • Note card with name, address and emergency numbers
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for baby
  • Aspirin for you
  • Money
  • Phone card or change for phone calls
  • Disposable camera
  • Tissues
  • Extra set of keys
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Band-aids
  • Disposable place mat
  • Sling or baby carrier
  • Your cell phone
  • Your wallet

    Copyright Elizabeth Pantley. (McGraw-Hill, 2003)

    About the author:
    Elizabeth Pantley is the author of several books, including
    Gentle Baby Care : No-cry, No-fuss, No-worry — Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby, The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, Kid Cooperation (with an introduction by William Sears, MD), Perfect Parenting, as well as her latest The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers and is also president of Better Beginnings, Inc. She is a popular speaker on family issues, and her newsletter, Parent Tips, is seen in schools nationwide. She appears as a regular radio show guest, and has been quoted in Parents, Parenting, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, American Baby, Working Mother, and Woman’s Day magazines. Visit Elizabeth’s web site http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth.


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5 years 4 months ago

Are the backpack carriers that good? I heard about several instances when parents ended up dropping their youngster when using the carrier, not certain whether that is the parents negligence though.

[…] Diaper Bag Checklist. You just can’t know if your baby is going to suddenly fill her diaper with more poop than you thought was possible or if your baby is going to suddenly throw up all over you. If you have the supplies to handle whatever surprise bodily function your baby decides to try, it won’t be as big a deal as if you weren’t prepared. […]

[…] day. Keep a box in your car or a small case of wipes in your bag (you probably already have them in your diaper bag). When you’re hot and sticky, a quick wipe of your face and neck feels […]

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