Post # 1
Good morning, hive! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately; these last few weeks have been very busy with all the preparations for baby Spring. 🙂 Anyway, I am down to the last few tasks on my to-do list, and I need a little help. I started packing the diaper bag last night; what am I missing? Here’s what I have so far:
- Changing Pad
- Gallon-sized Ziploc Bags
- Swaddle Blanket
- Change of Clothes (onesie, pants, socks, and hat – newborn size)
- Burp Cloth
- Two Pacifiers
Post # 3
Hmm… I have pretty much zero experience in this department but maybe snacks for you? Oh! And maybe a bottle in which to put the formula? 😉
Post # 4
You need some breast pads for those leaky buggers! Oh and do you have little hand mittens? Cecilia came out with some very sharp fingernails that we didn’t have time to cut right away, so I ended up having to use socks on her hands at first (not very elegant), so throw in some of those cute little hand mittens 🙂
Post # 5
Diaper rash cream, extra bottle, toy, baby tylenol
Post # 6
I’ve heard it’s good to keep an extra “nose sucker” in the diaper bag…is this just for use in the first few days or to get it ready, so you don’t have to later?
Post # 7
Good ideas! Ok, I will add:
- Breast Pads
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Baby Tylenol
- Booger Sucker
I have a small first aid kit with bandages, first aid cream, etc… Should I put that in there, too? Or is that a little overkill? It will go into my car, otherwise. This is a diaper bag for the baby post-hospital, but I’d like to have it packed and in the car before the big moment. We already have the hopital bag for the baby packed.
Post # 8
You probably won’t need everything in the first aid kit, but it wouldn’t hurt to put it in. I would also add a thermometer though for sure! And probably some nail clippers. Like Mrs DG said, baby’s nails are sharp when they get a little long! 🙂
Post # 9
My guess is the hospital will have pretty much everything you’d need in the way of diaper rash creams, baby tylenol (which I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to give to a newborn so check with the nurses) and things like that but what about lotions or vaseline? Sometimes they’re skin can be very dry . . . Again I’m pretty sure the hospital will give you a little kit with all that in it (lotion, baby wash, powder etc) but it doesn’t hurt to have it someplace for when you get home at least you’ll know exactly where it is. However the mittens and breast pads are a must. What about any special need for you Mom? Lotions or face creams medications etc? Make sure you’ve got your stuff ready too!
Maybe bring 3 pacifiers instead of just 2, if one goes falling under a dresser or bed it might not be just a simple wash it off kind of thing you know? And depending on how many days you’re at the hospital I might pack 3 blankets as well, newborns usually don’t make major messes but spitting up is a different story.
Post # 10
The hospital has pacifiers and A&D ointment for raw bums. Cecilia had 15 (count ’em!) meconium diapers the first night. It was awful and she definitely had some skin break down, but A&D cleared it right up.
They don’t have nail clippers at the hospital (I asked), but luckily, our doula went to my house to sleep and was able to bring them in the morning.
You sound way on top of things, though 🙂
Post # 11
Things I had in my diaper bag that I didn’t need:
- Tide 2 Go stain pen
- Diaper rash ointment (hospital had A&D)
- Baby lotion (the hospital recommended not using any lotion for the first week)
- Diapers (hospital provided and we got to take home the extras)
- Wipes (hospital recommended just gauze and water, which we used)
- First aid anythings (hospital gave us her bulb)
- Toys (she slept, ate, and pooped…she was never awake for toys)
Things I had in my hospital bag that I used:
- Nail files (instead of clippers)
- First outfit (hat, top, bottoms, socks, mittens, sweater)
- Itzbeen timer
- Swaddle blanket
Things I’m glad I had but didn’t use:
- Changing pad
- Breastfeeding cover
- Pacifier keeper (hospital provided a pacifier, theirs are the best!)
- Nursing pads (I didn’t leak until I got home)
- Burp cloth (hospital provided endless receiving blankets, I used those)
Every baby is different though, I’d bring whatever will keep you comfortable!
Post # 12
Just wanted to post an update to this. I was out running errands today and I realized I have two diaper bags, one for LONG days out and one for short errands. My short errand diaper bag has only:
- A&D Ointment
- AT LEAST 6 diapers
- Changing pad
- Burp cloth
- Nursing cover
- Spare onesie
- Pacifier holder w/pacifier
My long errand diaper bag has all the same, plus:
- Grooming kit (hair brush, comb, nail files, nail clipper)
- First aid kit (bulb syringe, thermometer, medicine dispenser)
- Manual breast pump
- Spare bottles to pump into
- Bottle bag with ice packs to keep cold
Post # 13
just out of curiosity what is A&D?
Post # 14
@Sunchick19: Um…let me check the tube…
A&D Ointment is a petroleum based ointment you use as a barier for diaper rash. I used it when I got my tattoo to protect my skin. It contains lanolin & petroletum. But most importantly, it contains cod liver oil, which contains vitamin A & vitamin D! I never thought about the name before, but you learn something new everyday!
They also make a zinc oxide cream.