Packing a Baby Bag

Be ready for every possibility, including emergencies, with this checklist.

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Be prepared for whatever the day might hold by keeping your baby bag stocked with all the necessities. It’ll help you get out the door faster, too. Here’s what to pack:

• At least five diapers. A baby can go through several in just an hour.

• Scented bags for carrying dirty diapers. These will keep odors at bay for a few hours until you can dispose of the bag.

• Diaper wipes.

• An extra top for you in case of a spill.

• A changing pad, since a lot of places don’t provide them.

• Bottles with pre-measured formula. Simply add bottled water to the bottle and shake well when the baby is ready to eat. It doesn’t have to be warm.

• A jar of food.

• A spoon.

• A bib.

• A bag of snacks, such as dry cereal.

• An insulated ice pack to keep pre-mixed formula from souring.

• A burping towel.

• A change of clothing for the baby in case of accidents.

• Your physician’s phone number.

• Fever-reducing medicine.

• Immunization card.

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