What's In My Diaper Bag?
The World Health Organization defines an emergency as the state in which normal procedures are interrupted, and immediate measures need to be taken to prevent that state turning into a disaster.
Emergency planning should aim to prevent emergencies from occurring, and failing that, should develop a good action plan to mitigate the results and effects of any emergencies. Emergency managers should work to identify and anticipate potential risks, hopefully reducing their probability of occurring.
Wondering why I am writing about emergency management in a baby post. Let me simplify, packing a diaper bag is nothing but meticulously organized savior kit in time of emergencies. It requires structured planning to avoid and overcome all expected and unexpected baby related emergency, while doing something as basic as grocery shopping.
One year into motherhood and I have learned that lot of calculations and analysis goes into maintaining the ever evolving inventory of diaper bag like weather condition, duration of the trip, what time of day you are going out, baby’s mood and his nap time everything comes into consideration. Hence diaper bag needs to be regularly maintained in a methodical manner to ensure it is up- to-date in event of emergency. The mantra for perfect diaper bag is - Anticipate- Prepare- Assess -Respond-Prevent and Recover. Keep these points while packing and you ll prepared for everything (almost, everything!).
Here is my quintessential list of diaper bag
- Wipes and cotton wool
- Travel kit of baby care products
- Mosquito and Bug repellant spray/Patches
- Liquid disinfectant
- Diaper disposable bags
- Changing mat
- Muslin/swaddler/receiving blanket
- Extra Clothes
- Feeding bottle and sipper/Spouts
- Formula/Cerelac container/ Insulated food container
- Baby crockery
- Favourite toy
- Second favourite toy
- Activity board
- First aid Kit(medicine, savlon, Arnica 30)
Not to forget baby carrier and stroller. If I go on a trip for days then more items get added
- Nail clipper
- Dental kit
- Massage Oil
- Humidifier(travel compatible)
- Essential oils(lavender and eucalyptus are must)
- Play mat
- Hat/sunscreen/Raincoat/ umbrella (depending on weather)
Invest in a bag which comes with lots of pocket, or use small pouches or mesh bag to segregate items for easy fishing out.
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