Sassy Mothers Are Women With Smart New Bags!
You know you’re a mom when your designer handbag has been replaced with a baby bag! That doesn’t mean that this important accessory, which for so many women gives a lift to their spirits and a swing to their step, has to be frumpy! Practical can be beautiful too. And, if you’re on a budget, choosing a bag that can morph from birth bag, to postnatal hold-all, to baby outing bag is wise.
It’s a good idea to have your labour bag packed and ready a month before your due date. Normal pregnancies last 37–42 weeks and you don’t want to be caught by surprise. Don’t panic though, labour generally progresses slowly in the beginning so you’ll be able to pack a bag once labour has started. Of course, you may be so excited that you forget something important and there are some things which you’ll need to buy specifically beforehand. Most labour and postnatal wards supply all of your and Baby’s basic needs so you should check with your clinic and ask what they suggest you bring along.
But what should be in baby outing bag?
Thinking about those first outings with a new baby can be a bit overwhelming at first, so here’s a list of the basics you should have in your oh-so-cool new bag. Keep the list in Baby’s cupboard so that you can check it before you leave and make sure that you restock it after each outing so that you don’t find yourself without something important!
Your baby outing bag should have:
- 3–4 diapers
- Wet wipes for cleaning away from home
- Barrier or buttock cream
- Baby skin lotion
- Waste disposal bag
- A change of clothes
- A hat or cap
- Something warm for baby
- Pacifier (dummy)
- Breast pads in the early weeks if you’re nursing
- Formula feeding requirements like powder dispenser, bottle, and accessories, if not nursing
- Medicine dispenser
- An age-appropriate toy
- A jar of food when Baby is older
- Feeding spoon
- Beverage other than milk for babies older than six months
- Moist cloth in a plastic bag for face wiping