What You Should Pack for Your Child

Packing the right supplies for your child can make their day run smoothly and be less stressful for you. Having the right supplies on hand allows the staff to provide your child with everything they'll need throughout the day. We've added a list for parents of the typical items you'll want to pack either by the week or the month that your child will need each day. You can print off one of our check lists to make sure you have everything you'll need for the first day.

Pacifier. If your child loves their pacifier you may want to pack extras. They are easily misplaced, and you wouldn't want your child to go without one. Pack an additional one for emergencies in your diaper bag, too. Once your baby is mobile, make sure to label the pacifier with a non-toxic marker.


Baby Bottles.  Most parents find that leaving 2 bottles at the center works best for them. They don't have to worry with packing the bottles each day, and two seems to be the number for the staff when making and washing bottles for each baby. if you are unable to leave two bottles with us, make sure to pack two each day in your diaper bag. Always label all of your baby's items with a non toxic marker or a label maker.


Formula/Breast Milk. When packing formula, you can send in enough for the day, week or month. Just make sure to label all containers so that your child's caregiver will know which formula belongs to your baby. When sending in breast milk, we suggest sending in enough so that we are prepared for those growth spurts and days when your bre4ast fed baby is extra hungry. We can freeze bags of breast milk in the freezer to always have plenty on hand.

Babies Get Messy So Pack Extra Clothing

Send two to three gallon-size resealable plastic bags with an extra outfit in each. Don't forget to include socks because accidents can travel far! Most importantly label every item you put in the bag including the bag itself. This makes it easier for us to identify your baby's belongings.


They can use the bags to send home dirty clothes and it makes it easy for you to dump them in the washing machine!

Best Diaper Bags for New Moms

Packing for Infants and Toddlers:


Diapers. At the beginning of every week or month bring in a labeled bulk of diapers. If you're unsure how many diapers your baby will need per day pack 8 to 10. It's better to send too many than not enough! If you are using cloth diapers, make sure to include extra plastic pants and a resealable bag or container for the dirty ones. Then assess how many diapers your baby used to get an accurate count.

Wipes.Send a full container of wipes initially and check every few days to see when you'll need to pack a refill package. Also, include a smaller package in the diaper bag you transport back and forth to daycare that can be used in case you forget to bring a refill.
Diaper rash cream or ointment. Some people have their preferences on this one. Some people do not want daycare to use any medication, and others do. So use your discretion about how often you need to send in a new one or any at all.


Diaper rash cream or ointment. Some people have their preferences on this one. Some people do not want daycare to use any medication, and others do. So use your discretion about how often you need to send in a new one or any at all.



Having a diaper bag that is comfortable, stylish, and functional is important for new working Moms and Dads. That's why we've done a little research into some of the best diaper bags. We want to bring our parents the most up to date information and helpful hints so that getting ready for that first day at Shining Star CDC is as stress free as possible. We want you to spend the night before cuddling and spending time with  your baby and family, not worrying over what to bring or what to bring it in. 

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