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Have you ever been out in public, and reached down into your diaper bag to find that there were no wipes? When you are the parent of a newborn, your brain barely works. You are sleep deprived, constantly trying to figure out what you are doing, and there is a baby screaming in your face. (Seriously guys, I put dirty cloth diapers in the dryer WITHOUT WASHING THEM. I mean I pretty much cooked them. Talk about smelling like a barnyard.) So along the way, you need a few tricks to reduce how much you have to use your brain.
One trick that helped my husband and I leave the house feeling a little more prepared was a diaper bag checklist. We keep it on our phones, but you could also print it out and laminate it – if you plan ahead and do it before your baby is born. Let’s be real, you won’t be laminating anything once your baby is born.
So, when you are getting ready to leave the house with baby, pull out your handy dandy diaper bag checklist. Go through the list and check to make sure you have each item in the diaper bag. I know this sounds time consuming, but trust me on this. The first time your baby has a complete poop-splosion all over his/her outfit in the middle of a restaurant, you will be glad you packed extra clothes. Otherwise, you would be walking around with a half naked baby, getting dirty looks from people without children. Let’s avoid that, shall we?
One that I don’t include in my diaper bag checklist is a bottle, because they are not something I bring with me every time. Occasionally, I do bring bottles of breastmilk with me, for situations where I really don’t want to pop out a boob (like in a church…). If you regularly bring bottles with you, or if your baby is formula fed, definitely add that to your list.
Here is our list. I hope it helps you leave the house in peace!
I have made this list into a PDF for download. Click the links below for the color or gray scale versions.