On-the-go checklist
Diaper bag basics:
  • Diapers (10 to 15)
  • A changing pad
  • Wipes and ointment or petroleum jelly
  • Empty plastic bags for dirty diapers
  • Bib for feedings
  • Cloths or cloth diapers to catch drool or spit-up
  • An extra outfit for baby in case of spill or accident
  • An extra outfit for you and Dad (in case baby spills or has an accident!)
  • In the summer, a wide-brimmed hat for baby, plus sunblock
  • A few small toys, including a set of plastic toy keys or teething rings and a chewable toy to mouth on during adult meals
  • Extra formula if you're bottlefeeding

Sleeping and playing centers:
  • Portable bassinet or cradlette
  • Portable activity dome or play yard
  • A nursery monitor
  • Baby's favorite 'go to sleep' crib toy or soother
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education