“Dwelling on the Diaper Bag – NEWBORN BABY Edition”
Today, April 3, Joseph had his first outing: to the pediatrician for his first check-up and newborn screening. Tomorrow we’re going out again so he can get his birth certificate from the county (he has to attend as “proof of live birth”) and so the chiropractor can fix my alignment and maybe (hopefully) take a look at him too.
So of course, I had to pack him a little diaper bag. It’s SO different from the gear I pack for Anneliese, who is 20 months old now.
This is all I brought for today’s quick trip, tucked into my “big purse” (I don’t actually use a diaper bag…just a big purse that I can shove baby junk into. Which I guess makes it a diaper bag I also use as a purse? I don’t know) along with my grown-up things:
- My Patemm Pad changing pad. It’s a big laminated fabric circle with pockets around the edges. The whole thing folds up really compactly and serves as a great changing surface for tiny babies all the way through big toddlers.
- 2 diapers
- 3 cloth wipes and a spray bottle of water with a few drops of lavender essential oil (my simplified-over-time wipes solution)
- A small zippered wet bag for dirty diapers and wipes
- A burp cloth
(So is it a big purse or a diaper bag?)
Tomorrow, our trip into town will be a bit longer, but since we will be going back and forth to the car in between errands, I don’t need everything in my bag. My bag will have the same things above, but I’ll add a little kit of extras for the car:
- probably 3 more diapers
- several more cloth wipes
- a couple of receiving blankets
- a couple of extra burp cloths
- a change of clothes, just in case
I like to keep things simple. I don’t need to bring baby nail clippers and hair brushes and Tylenol and a thermometer and a bulb syringe and diaper rash cream and baby powder and stuffed animals and 10 pacifiers and baby mittens and…
As he gets older I know I’ll add more goodies to it, like teething tablets and a couple of small toys, but for now, things can be super-simple. So they are.
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