Checklist: Packing My Diaper Bag

What goes in a diaper bag besides, well, diapers? Use this checklist to pack everything you'll need when you're out and about with baby.

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  • Diapers: Take more than you think you'll need, as many as one for every hour of your outing. Yep, you read that right.
  • Small box of wipes: These aren't just for baby's bum, but for wiping down the changing pad and your hands, too.
  • A foldaway changing pad (most diaper bags come with one)
  • A small tube of diaper-rash cream
  • 2 burp cloths for burping, wiping faces, mopping up spit-up, and other messes
  • 1 receiving blanket in case you need to put your baby down, or it gets suddenly chilly
  • An extra sweater, shirt, pants, and pair of socks for baby
  • A sun hat
  • Baby sunscreen (if baby is younger than 6 months, keep him out of direct sunlight; apply sunscreen only when necessary)
  • Baby's bottle, if she uses one. Make sure you give her pumped milk within 10 hours of taking it out of the fridge.
  • If you're using formula, bring a bottle with dry formula already in it, or try single portion packets.
  • At least one toy
  • A favorite comfort object, like a lovey
  • A bib
  • Two extra pacifiers (if you use them) stored in a clean plastic bag
  • A few large plastic bags for sealing and tossing dirty diapers or for taking home soiled clothes.
  • A cell phone for emergencies
  • A business card or an index card with your name, address, and phone number, in case the bag gets lost
  • An index card with numbers for the pediatrician, a neighbor, and one where your spouse or baby's grandparents can be reached
  • Bonus item: An extra shirt for you. Unexpected spit-up happens when it's least convenient.

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