Diaper Bag Loadouts for the Overly Prepared

As I’ve mentioned – the Wee Baby T was born a full month early.  We dashed out of our home and off to the hospital, as prepared as possible.  Fortunately I had packed a diaper bag well in advance. What can I say? I was in the Boy Scouts when I was growing up.
What I didn’t expect was our return visit a week later.  When we checked in to SickKids we anticipated we would be home in time for dinner, unfortunately we ended up staying 3 days and our diaper bag was ill equipped for the situation. A toothbrush would have been nice for everyone involved…
I’ve already gone over what we brought to the hospital, but what about our day-to-day?  Here is a bullet point list for the over-prepared parents to cover ALL of your outings – From 20 minutes down the road to a weekend away:20161122_190145
Be Prepared: A diaper bag for a quick jog to the store:
This is the easiest to plan for, because it doesn’t really matter if it goes wrong.  You’re never more than a half an hour from a bottle, shower, and change of clothes.  Unless there are zombies involved.
  • Diapers (2)
  • Wipes (4)
  • Bottle (if required.  When did he eat last?)
  • Pacifier
  • Carrier/stroller

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Bonus gear in the event of zombies:

  • Cricket/baseball bat
  • EXTRA pacifiers
  • Age appropriate snacks (never know when you’ll have to wait out a horde)
  • Band-Aids & polysporin
Be Prepared: A diaper bag for a couple of hours at the ball-park:
This takes a little extra preparation.  If you are going to be out for 3 or 4 hours, chances are your little one will need to eat, and will definitely need to be changed. Depending on how old he is you may need to include some form of entertainment.  Pretty standard until a Sharknado touches down.
  • Diapers (3)
  • Wipes (4)
  • Change pad
  • Bottle (unless you are with his mum and she is nursing and comfortable doing so in public)
  • Pacifiers (2)
  • Toy/teething ring
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Carrier/stroller (any more than 3 or 4 hours and you may want to consider the stroller…)
  • Burp cloth
  • Change of clothes for him
  • Plastic bag for diaper changes (it’s polite to the cleaning staff at the venue)
  • baby headphones (more because they’re adorable)20161123_104941Added perk – the MOLLE system lets you add on additional accessories.

Bonus gear in the event of a Sharknado:

  • Chainsaw
  • Car battery
  • Umbrella / Poncho
  • EXTRA pacifiers
Be Prepared: A diaper bag for a weekend away at the in-laws:
This is where it gets tricky.  While you will probably have the ability to sterilize bottles and do laundry, you need to remember other essentials that you may not carry every day – especially if aliens start leaving crop circles in the back yard:
  • Diapers (7/day)
  • Wipes (box)
  • Bottle (if using the Drop-Ins, 1 bottle and 2 nipples should be sufficient)
  • Drop-In liners
  • Baby food (frozen)
  • Milk
  • Breast Pump
  • Outfits (2/day)
  • Swaddle
  • Vitamin D drops and Prenatal vitamins if your pediatrician recommends you continue taking them
  • Pacifiers (ALL THE PACIFIERS)
  • Baby shampoo
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Books and toys
  • Zip-Lock bag or Wet bag for dirty laundry

Bonus gear in the event of an alien incursion:

  • Half-full glasses of water
  • Baseball bat
  • Asthma inhaler
  • EXTRA pacifiers
  • Faith in a higher power to be questioned and then reaffirmed
  • Umbrella / poncho
Be prepared and keep your diaper bag as packed as possible.  It is easier to get out the door knowing that you have everything you need.  Just don’t forget to restock when you get back home!
Good luck out there.

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