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Properly packing a diaper bagFirst time parents often have as difficult a time figuring out what not to pack in diaper backs and knowing what to pack. By understanding what is realistically necessary when traveling locally or far away with your baby, you can limit the supplies you drag around in your diaper bag, saving your back, your shoulder and your sanity by bringing along only what is necessary.

First, consider how long you will be away from home. If you’ll be gone for only two hours, chances are that ten changes of diapers are a bit unnecessary. Unpack all but two or three . it’s unlikely that any baby could actually go through that many diapers in that short a time. Along with your diapers, you’ll want to pack powders and creams for diaper changing time. You’ll do yourself a huge favor by buying trial or small sizes of these products to use in your diaper bags rather than packing the full sized bottles that you use at home.

Second, consider the weather. If it’s a hot, sunny summer day, leave all but one blanket at home. And unless a snowstorm is likely, you won’t need to pack full winter gear. Changes of clothes are often necessary, especially for small children, but packing more changes than hours you’ll be gone is probably excessive. They’re cute, they’re cuddly, but they aren’t necessary. Take them out!

Third, pack for baby’s current health plus a limited amount of emergency situations. It is not necessary to pack every medication that you baby could potentially use for a quick trip to the grocery store. If your child is truly that ill, you probably ought not to leave the house anyway! Only pack what you’ll truly need, and a few extras to cover common emergencies like fevers and cuts. The rest of the medicine cabinet can stay at home.

Fourth, give very careful consideration to toys when packing your diaper bag. The older the baby, the more distractions they’ll need while in public. Needing distractions, however, is not an excuse to dump your entire toy box into baby’s diaper bag. No matter how long you intend to be gone, it is not necessary to pack a huge variety of toys for baby to play with while out. The excess toys will only weigh you down and get in the way of packing more important supplies. The bad news is that babies have a short attention span. That means that you will need at least a few options to keep them busy. The good news is that babies have a short attention span. You can alternate between just a few toys and keep them happy for hours.

Finally, do a reality check on any other item that may find its way into your diaper bag. Ask yourself three very important questions to determine the necessity of actually packing those items. First, question whether, in the normal course of your trip out, you will use that item. If the answer is no, it comes out. Second, question whether the supply you’re about to pack is more easily obtainable wherever you’ll be heading. If it is readily available at your final destination without necessitating a purchase, you don’t need to pack it. And third, question whether an emergency is likely to arise necessitating the object you’re considering packing. And when you ask this question, only consider likely situations, not worse case scenarios. If it’s a conceivable possibility depending on your plans or destinations, it’s ok to pack. If it’s so farfetched that considering the question makes you giggle, toss it; you don’t need it.

It’s not necessary to pack everything but the kitchen sink when leaving the house with baby. By thinking through your trip ahead of time, you’ll be able to save yourself a lot of hassle in your travels by packing only what is necessary.

Do you agree or disagree?  Perhaps, I missed something?  Either way, I would just love to hear what your thoughts are on this topic… just let me know your alive!

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