Postpartum and Beyond

My Diaper Bag Essentials

Ah, the diaper bag. It becomes one of the most important things once you have a baby. If you’re going out with your baby then you want to make sure you have everything you could possibly need.

1. Diapers/Wipes

Personally, I keep six diapers in our bag. We used to have a travel size package of wipes in the bag, but we ran out, and I never seemed to replace them, so we keep a regular size package. Is six diapers a bit much for a diaper bag? Perhaps, but I would rather have a few too many than one too little.

2. Extra Clothes

I have two different onesies, two pairs of pants, and a set of socks. Any time I didn’t have extra clothes we would have diaper leakage. So, I’m done tempting fate and just bringing extra clothes. They really don’t take up much space. I have them rolled up in one of the inside pockets.

3. Pacifier Wipes

My husband insists that we can just pick the pacifier up from the floor and clean it ourselves. I get that. I’m not worried about sharing our germs. On that note, if we’re sick, would she just be out of a pacifier? Also, I don’t necessarily want to use a pacifier that fell on the floor either. Plus does that actually clean it? I like having the pacifier wipes just to make sure that it is clean just in case we happen to drop it (and we manage to find it again).

4. Toys

I have two different toys that are guaranteed to make my daughter happy. This wasn’t as big of a deal when she was first born, but now she can get bored and need something to do. These are especially handy if we’re going to be waiting in line for things.

5. Bottles/Formula

I keep the bottles filled with water and have formula in a separate container. I usually keep one small bottle and one large bottle. I’ll take another large bottle if I think we’re going to be out for a really long time.

6. Chap-stick/Hand Sanitizer/Wallet/Baby Lotion

This is all in one number because it’s mainly stuff for me. I have a big diaper bag, it’s cute, and I don’t want to keep track of another bag, so I put my stuff in there too. Baby lotion I keep for both me and baby. It’s a little travel size one so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Thoughts

There you have it. I try to keep it as simple as I can. I want to be prepared, but not stuck digging through my bag to find what I need. Other things do have a habit of making their way in and out of the bag as well. I definitely couldn’t survive without these items on the list though!

Let me know what you think! What items do you need to have in your diaper bag?

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What to Prepare Before Baby

How exciting, your little one is almost here. You’re nervous, you’re excited, you’re starting to get ready. You’re wondering what you need to get ready. Well, here’s a few things that will make your transition into parenthood a little bit easier.

1. Diapers

Get diapers in a few different sizes. The hospital will have some for you, but it won’t be enough to last. You don’t want to be in the unfortunate position of starting to change your baby only to discover that you are all out of diapers.
Depending on how big Baby is, you might not need many newborn diapers. In general, newborn diapers are up to 10 pounds. Size 1 is 8 – 14 pounds. Size 2 is 12 – 18 pounds. 
Personally, I ended up having roughly 400 diapers of both size 1 and size 2. I ended up having a bunch of leftovers. If I were to go back and rebuy, I would start off with 100 of each size (NB all the way through size 6, I’m a future planner kinda girl). This way I have a base amount and can purchase more at later dates.

Pro tip: Get diapers with the wetness indicator, I’m in love with them.

2. Wipes

Buy a brand and see if you like it. See if you need a wipe holder (maybe those wipes you see for cheap are cheap because they’re a refill pack, a mistake I unfortunately made). I didn’t realize I would prefer one brand of wipes to another. But I do. So, now I have a bunch of wipes that I’m not really happy with but still want to use since it seems like a big old waste to get rid of them or give them to a friend.

Wipes will be your best friend. There have been a few times when I’ve ended up using them for myself (quick hand wash, face wash, wiping sticky things down).

3. Baby’s Room/Bassinet

You don’t have to go all out with decorations and everything, but it’ll be nice to have a changing area and crib set up. You may as well get everything put together now while you don’t have a little one demanding your attention constantly. If you already have kids, it’ll be nice to have this set up that way you don’t have an additional little one demanding attention.

You should also get Baby’s first bed set up as well. The bassinet (or whatever else you’re using for Baby in your room) shouldn’t be too hard to set up. For this one, you’ll mainly be making sure that it fits in your room nicely.

4. Laundry

You’re going to want to get all those cute clothes, blankets, burp clothes, etc. all washed and dried before Baby gets home. This will give you a chance to get everything all organized as well. Take a good look at that organization there, you might not be able to keep those clothes that nice again.

5. Freezer Meals

I didn’t want to cook when we first brought Little P home. It was so nice just being able to open the freezer, pick a meal, and then throw it into the oven and not have to worry too much. You’re still figuring out your new baby, you’re adjusting to a very different life now, don’t also worry about figuring out dinner.
Bonus tip: get crazy, get/make some frozen breakfasts too. Start your day off nice and easy food wise.

6. Your Hospital Bag

You may as well get this all packed and situated while you’re getting everything else taken care of. You don’t want to be in labor and scrambling to find things you need. Speaking of things you’ll need, check out my “Hospital Bag Necessities” post (https://bit.ly/2USqxA5) for the things I absolutely needed with me.

Some Thoughts

Remember not to stress too much! This is an exciting time. Don’t spend so much time worrying about all the things that need to get done and remember to (try) and enjoy yourself. Getting these things done will help you keep busy and make things a little bit easier for you once Baby does arrive.

Let me know what you think! Was this list helpful? Do you have any advice on what to have ready before Baby arrives?