As a nanny, there are a million things to keep track of and a well-packed diaper bag is essential for parents or caregivers when heading out with a baby or young child. Here’s a comprehensive list of items to consider including in your diaper bag:
Diapers: Plan for at least one diaper for every two hours you’ll be out, plus a few extra in case of emergencies.
Baby Wipes: Essential for cleaning during diaper changes.
Diaper Cream or Ointment: Helps prevent diaper rash.
Changing Pad: A portable, easy-to-clean surface for diaper changes.
Bottles and Formula/Breast Milk:** If you’re bottle-feeding, carry pre-measured formula in a separate container and an insulated bottle carrier to keep liquids at the right temperature. For breastfeeding, bring expressed milk if needed.
Burp Cloths: For cleaning spills and spit-ups.
Snacks or Baby Food: If your child is on solids, bring some easy-to-eat snacks or pre-packaged baby food.
Bibs and Utensils: If applicable for your child’s age.
Clothing and Comfort:
Change of Clothes: Pack at least one complete change of clothing, including socks.
Seasonal Extras: Hat, mittens, or a light jacket depending on the weather.
Swaddle or Blanket: For warmth, to use as a burp cloth, or for privacy during nursing.
Health and Hygiene:
Hand Sanitizer: To clean hands before and after diaper changes or feeding.
Baby Lotion: For dry skin.
Sunscreen: For older babies exposed to the sun.
Nail Clippers: In case of any sharp edges on your baby’s nails.
Baby Medications: Such as infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen (if approved by your pediatrician).
Entertainment and Comfort:
Toys or Teething Toys: For distraction and entertainment.
Pacifiers or Comfort Items: If your child uses them for soothing.
Book or Crayons and Small Notebook: For older kids who enjoy these activities.
Plastic Bags: For soiled clothes or diapers.
Nursing Cover (if applicable): For privacy during feeding.
Wallet with Identification, Insurance Cards, and Emergency Contact Information.
Portable Charger or Spare Batteries: For your phone or other electronic devices you might need.
Ensure you regularly check the bag to restock any items that are running low and adjust the contents based on your child’s age and specific needs.