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Diaper Bag Checklist

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on August 09, 2022
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Babies need a lot of gear. Your diaper bag is going to become your home away from home. Choose a bag with lots of pockets. You'll need them to fit all of your baby's needs, plus the contents of your purse. Easily accessible pockets will let you grab a diaper or your cell phone quickly when you need it.

To be ready to go at a moment's notice, keep your diaper bag stocked with:

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Keep your baby in the shade, if possible. Their skin is thinner and more sensitive. Cover them up with clothes and a hat, limit their time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is strongest), don’t let them get overheated, and get them out of the sun right away if they show any signs of sunburn or dehydration, including fussiness, redness, and excessive crying.

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SOURCES:

Huggins, K. The Expectant Parents' Companion, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006.

Farber, E. Baby Lists: What to Do and What to Get to Prepare for Baby, Adams Media, 2007.

Fierro, P. The Everything Twins, Triplets, and More Book, F+W Media, 2012.

FDA: “Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually.”

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