Preparing for a new arrival is exciting and overwhelming – especially when it comes to stocking up a newborn baby bag. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by different advice, recommended lists and products available. However, there are some key essentials that new parents will need when out and about with their new little one.
First and foremost, you will need diapers – whether you’re using cloth or disposable. Depending on your preference, make sure you have enough to last you the day, plus an extra two or three diapers. You will also need something to dispose of used diapers in. Whether this is a wet bag or a diaper pail, decide on what works best for you.
No newborn baby bag is complete without at least one clean outfit, complete with a hat. Choose items that are made from natural materials (such as cotton) so the fabric is gentle against their delicate skin. There are also some clever apparel options that have been specifically designed for newborns, such as sleep sacks.
As they start to grow, you’ll need to make sure your little one is comfortable. Include at least one swaddle or lightweight blanket and a minimum of two burp cloths. If your baby has sensitive skin, opt for highly absorbent lightweight muslin fabric. To keep them entertained while out and about, consider bringing a teether and a few simple toys.
Finally, don’t forget the snacks! Formula or breastmilk, along with a bottle of water are essential for every outing. Some snacks can be included for older babies, such as fruits and vegetables pouches, cereals, or teething biscuits.
Planning ahead and packing the right supplies for your newborn baby bag can save a lot of stress when you’re out and about with your little one. By focusing on the essential items that you’ll need, you can reduce the amount of unnecessary items and create a fuss-free bag.