The final weeks of pregnancy can be an exciting time full of change and preparation as parents get ready for their baby’s arrival.
And when it comes to preparing for your baby, a diaper bag may be one of your most important purchases. A well-stocked diaper bag gives new parents the freedom to venture with everything their child may need in tow and makes outings more enjoyable. These 14 essentials will help you put together your diaper bag.
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What Makes a Good Diaper Bag
Diaper bags come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles, so finding the right one can be difficult. Choosing the right bag can be just as important as what it contains. Here are some features of a high-quality diaper bag:
- Sturdy material
- Big enough for baby’s needs
- Lots of pockets
- Comfortable straps
- Changing pad included
A diaper bag can also come in many forms, including totes, messenger bags, and backpacks. When considering which style of diaper bag may be best for your family, consider your baby’s needs as well as the convenience of carrying the bag itself.
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What to Pack in a Diaper Bag
Many first-time parents may find themselves packing for what feels like hours prior to leaving with their newborn. Having the right items in your diaper bag can cut down on unnecessary packing and provide peace-of-mind that your child has everything they may need. Here are the essential items to keep in your bag:
- Changing pads
- Diaper rash cream
- Plastic bags
- Burping cloths
- Anti-bacterial gel
- Teething toy
- Body suit
- Insulated pockets to keep breastmilk or formula cool
If your child is between seven to twelve months, be sure to also include:
- Dry cereal
- Small container of dry cereal
- Baby food
- Sippy/spouted cup
- Baby spoon
For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. More than 9,000 babies are born each year at Magee. The hospital also treats men for a variety of conditions, including surgical treatment. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first center to focus research only on conditions involving women and their infants.