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Dad’s Guide to Packing a Diaper Bag

Updated on February 27, 2008
 

Packing a diaper bag is not the most natural act for a father. If you're one of those super organized men who already knows a binky from a onesie, this article is not for you. However, if you're a regular dad you'll find these tips useful for getting baby out the door with all the supplies you need to handle meltdowns and blowouts.

The Process

Before we go over what actually needs to be in the bag, let's talk about process. That's right, there's a right way and a wrong way to go about carting all this crap around. Say you have a doctor's appointment at 10:am. You get up at six and figure there's plenty of time. You feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby, settling him up in the swing and take care of some personal grooming. Then you have something to eat and get dressed, wondering all the time what's so difficult about taking care of a baby.

You're just about to pack up to go to the doctor when the baby, calm to this point, starts wailing. After another round of feeding, burping, changing and settling, you notice it's five to ten. In a mad dash of keys, wallet, baby, diaper bag, you're in the car. No problem. You make it in the nick of time.

At the doctor, the first thing the nurse does is remove baby's diaper to weigh him. You reach into the bag and guess what? No diaper! What? It's a diaper bag. Where's the diaper? Baby's so excited, he spits up. "Do you want to change him?" the nurse asks. And you do, except that when you reach into the bag, there's no onesie.

Baby's sort of freaking out now and you could really use one of those pacifier things to keep him quiet. You reach into the bag one last time, not at all confident. You forage through all the compartments this time. Oh wait - what's that? You feel what could be a diaper. And it is - a dirty one.

Sound familiar? If you follow the process, this never has to happen again.

The Checklist

When you have a baby, there's simply too much going on in your head to remember anything. You need to set yourself up for success by automating the process. The first step is to create a checklist. Then you need to make it a habit to consult the list every time you bring the bag into the house and every time you leave the house.

Here's a basic list. Customize it, then print it out, put it on an index card, and laminate it. Punch a hole in it and attach it to the diaper bag on the outside where you can see it. This will be your reminder to check it. Will people think you're a big dork? Of course, but only until they reach into their own diaper-less bag and you save the day with one of yours.

Some of the things on the list need to be re-stocked all the time, others only need to be replaced if used.

Check Every Time:

  • empty dirty diapers!
  • diapers - at least 4-6
  • wipes
  • Ziplock bags for dirty diapers and clothes
  • bottle of formula/milk
  • baby food
  • 2 pacifiers (if you use them)
  • spoon
  • teething rings
  • bib
  • 2 changes of clothing
  • 2 receiving blankets (can be used as a burp cloth)
  • wallet
  • keys
  • cell phone

Keep in Bag:

  • Vaseline or diaper rash cream
  • protein bar (you're going to need energy!)
  • board book
  • bandaids
  • tissues
  • sunblock
  • cash

A Note on Diaper Bags

There is no reason to carry an ugly diaper bag. No reason. Do you understand? Also, the diaper bag does not ‘go with' the baby. You may not want to carry the same bag as other people who care for the baby. Get your own bag. It's important. The compartments are a matter of choice, but strongly consider getting something with a stinkproof area to store used diapers.

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  • CuzzoShizzo profile image

    CuzzoShizzo 

    8 years ago from USA

    Great information! Dads everywhere will love it!

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    Michelle 

    9 years ago

    Good info here. FYI my husband loved his Dadgear diaper bag

  • halo3forxbox profile image

    halo3forxbox 

    10 years ago from USA

    for sure..great hub with great info!

  • MasonsMom profile image

    MasonsMom 

    10 years ago from U.S.A.

    Great advice!

  • Whitney05 profile image

    Whitney 

    10 years ago from Georgia

    Cool advice. I like the diaper bags you feature.

  • RainbowRecognizer profile image

    RainbowRecognizer 

    10 years ago from Midwest

    Oh - that's good, for those Dads who actually venture out a-l-o-n-e with Baby!!! ;o)

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