Diaper bag, what to pack for your newborn?

Diaper bag, what to pack for your newborn?

What do we need to pack in baby’s diaper bag before heading to hospital? Do you know to moisturize your baby as early as a newborn may reduce the chance of infant eczema? Save the following diaper bag packing list and to be prepared for your arriving angel.

  1. Moisturizer

If I’d have a second chance to pack my baby’s diaper bag for delivery, moisturizer will be the first thing I want to check.

Newborn skin hydration will be significantly decreased in normal room environment. Although the best methods and agents for moisturizing newborn skin are still not sufficiently investigated by scientific studies, studies have proved that using moisturizer greatly reduced the eczema development when compared to untreated controls. As newborn tends to have extremely dry and sensitive skin, the ideal moisturizer is relatively thick, pH neutral to slightly acidic, fragrance-free (no masking fragrances), dye free, relatively preservative free, and very gentle. Avoid any with high pH, fragrance, or dyes.

My favorite moisturizer is Aveeno natural baby soothing relief moisturizing cream for sensitive skin.

My second favorite is Aquaphor baby ointment.

My third favorite is CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream.

  1. Diaper rash cream

The hospital may provide diaper rash cream for your newborn, but the diaper rash cream provided in hospital may not effective enough to prevent diaper rash of the delicate skin of a newborn. My baby developed serious diaper rash in hospital. As a first-time mom, I didn’t have an idea on how to choose a diaper rash cream. I started my search and purchased lots of diaper rash creams to try on my baby’s skin. I finally reached a solution with clothes diaper and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment. I will cover clothes diaper later in another post.

My first choice is Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment.  It started to work on my son’s skin from first application.

My 2nd choice is Burt’s Bee Natural Diaper Rash Cream. The pros are 100% natural ingredients and dry-touch after application.  We also use it as mild heat rash treatment. The result turns out good.

My 3th choice is Dr. Smith Quick relief diaper rash ointment . Similar color and finish touch with Boudreaux, but less effective on my son’s diaper rash, it still worked better than other brands though.

  1. Car seat is required by law to have a car seat installed before you can drive your baby home. Some hospital requires a car seat to be installed before discharge. New-born baby always sits in a rear-facing car seat. You need to know how to buckle your baby incorrectly.

    I picked bravo LE system which is built with breathable mesh material and has a great price.
  2. Car seat cover.
    f you are living in an area that is always windy like San Francisco Bay, a car seat cover is needed for transiting baby from hospital to home. I used my receiving blanket for covering the car seat, and it works well.
  3. Swaddle blankets.
    The hospital will provide blankets for swaddling, but I would recommend wearable swaddle blankets as it is more comfortable and easier to use. There are lots of brands and designs. My favorite is always miracle blanket, it provides classic swaddling and the lateral belly wrap.

miracle swaddle blanket


I’ve tried zipper design like SwaddleMe Pod, which works great for a new born.

The muslin swaddle wraps and sleeping bag are super breathable and soft. They work great for all infant stages. The cons are the snap design and the material itself may not be strong enough some active babies.

The Velcro design version is okay for older baby but I will not recommend it for a new born, as it may scratch baby skin. The Velcro closure sometime is not strong enough for an active baby, at least for mine.

  1. Receiving blanket can be used to provide warmness for your newborn. It can also be used as car seat cover and provide extra support in car Although your hospital may provide receiving blanket for use while you are inpatient, it is necessary to add your own to the diaper bag for transporting baby home.
    receiving blanjket
  2. A home-going outfit

Ultra-soft baby clothes, socks, and hats need to be checked for the delivery diaper bag list. I would recommend cotton for everything that’ll touch newborn’s skin directly. All baby clothes need to be washed before wearing. Avoid laundry detergents containing fragrances or dyes. Consider an extra rinse to ensure complete detergent removal at the end of the wash cycle. Liquid detergents often dissolve more easily in the washer. Avoid the use of dryer sheets or fabric softeners.

newborn outfit


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