May 16, 2018

What's in My Diaper Bag

Packing a diaper bag seems like one those things that should be common sense, right? I remember packing mine before Lela was born thinking I was so prepared. In fact, I pack it on an almost daily basis thinking that I'm prepared and, it seems like I forget something almost every time. With each incident, it seems that I learn something new!
I recently bought a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag that I'm obsessed with. It's a backpack style which I love because I hate setting my diaper bag down in the park and, since I have a toddler, keeping my hands free is a must. We started out with a "traditional" diaper bag, but it was very large and just wasn't practical. After I got my new bag, I started thinking about what we actually need when we're out and about, so I compiled this list of essentials-

The Obvious
Diapers
Wipes (check out my post on where to find the most inexpensive wipes here!)
Diaper Cream/Ointment
Backup Clothes

The Less Obvious
Changing Pads
Most diaper bags come with a changing pad, but I also keep a few of these disposable changing pads in our bag too. When my mom first gave them to me, I laughed because I thought I have a changing pad! Why would I need these! But, we travel a lot, and they've been helpful in the airport, at rest areas, and in yucky gas station bathrooms.

Sunscreen
Generally, you know if you're going to be out in the sun but we've run into more than one situation where we've had to stop somewhere to buy sunscreen. We keep Babyganics SPF 50 in our bag.

Books or Toys
I don't know why but this seems to be the thing that I always forget. What mom forgets to bring toys? Me. Cue the pitchforks and shame.

ALL OF THE SNACKS
I'm talking about for you, mom. How many times have you been out with your babe only to realize you haven't eaten anything in, like, 14 hours?

More Snacks
Ok, feed your baby too. I pack cheerios, raisins, and goldfish in these little containers.

The Not So Obvious
A wet bag
If you need the backup clothes chances are its not for a fun reason.  My Ju-Ju-Be has a wet bag built in, but before I switched we used this Skip Hop bag.

Band-aids
This one was a facepalm moment for me. Recently, one of my friends and I had a minor incident with a pig at the petting zoo, and it dawned on me that I didn't have any band-aids. Lela is also at a stage where she's getting a lot of bumps and bruises, so it's probably not a bad idea to have a mini first aid kit, just in case.

Disposable placemats
These disposable placemats are fantastic. 9 times out of 10 Lela eats off the table when we go out, so I like using these to avoid germs. 

Toy/High Chair Wipes
I always wipe down highchairs before I put my baby in them and like to use these Babyganics wipes for that specific purpose. 

What do you guys pack in your diaper bags? Any secret mom tips that I'm missing?

Cheers!
Mandy

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