Well, I never thought I’d have to be thinking in terms of baby preparedness again. As much as I wanted another baby, I didn’t think it was going to happen – and then a miracle happened in my tummy, and I’m doing a major Happy Dance! With most of my baby products loaned out to family and friends I have to start thinking about cribs, playpens, highchairs and diaper bags again.
I love babies, sure there are some sleepless nights, but babies tend to sleep often and only need to be fed and have their diapers changed – really, small babies are “pretty easy” to take of – as long as you’re ready. The messiest part of babies? Changing baby bottoms, while they might have super cute, smooth as silk bums, what comes out of there can knock out a grown adult.
Thankfully, hubster and I have lots of practice in changing bums and have it down to an art. Actually, since I did all the breast feeding last time around (go figure), it was mostly Dad’s responsibility to change diapers when he was around (not at work).
When I asked him how he does it, he says:
“Get what you need first, change on the floor and do it fast”
And that’s how it’s done by a professional diaper changing dad. I’d also add to check the legs twice to make sure they’re not too loose.
It’s pretty easy to take care of a baby at home, but what about when you go out with your new bundle of joy? There’s lots of planning. First, it’s the diaper bag which is jam packed with a “few” things like:
- diapers – lots of them
- extra clothes
- changing pad
- wet sack for dirty clothes/diapers
- burp cloths
- bibs – bring a few
- nursing cover
- breast pads
- hand sanitizer
- book – for writing down special moments
- pen – to write down special moments in above mentioned book
- hat – winter or summer depending on the season
- and the list can go on and on and on and on (if you’re formula feeding, you’ll have to also pack all the necessities)
Thankfully as babies get older there’s no need to carry around a humongous diaper bag and slowly you can downsize to a clutch with only wipes and diapers which can fit in a purse. Still today, with an almost 4 year old at home, I bring a few things along with me when we go on outings:
- hand sanitizer (when I remember)
- little toys for entertainment
- wipes (when I remember)