Diaper Bag Essentials
A well-stocked diaper bag with all of the essentials is the key to surviving any outing with a baby or toddler. From diaper blowouts at restaurants that lack changing tables in their restrooms, to feeding on public transportation to squelch the shrill shrieks coming from your tiny human, your diaper bag will help you be prepared to tackle almost any unforeseen situation life slaps at your sleep-deprived brain.
Change of Clothes
From leaky diapers to squished food, children are messy. I like to keep at least two sets of clothes, including onesies and bibs, in a separate bag. Even if you have older kids who are long out of diapers, pack an extra set for them too because accidents happen. I also recommend a change of clothes for yourself. You never know when your infant will soak your shirt in projectile spit-up and you’ll be forced to borrow a shirt from your friend, Boris. (True story.)
Diaper Pad & Diaper Gear
Odds are if you leave the house with a young child in diapers, she’ll need at least one diaper change. (And odds are pretty good she’ll save that blowout for when you’re out.) Keep a kit with your diaper-changing essentials: extra diapers, wipes, and diaper cream. As for changing pads, I’m a fan of the kinds that have pockets for wipes and diapers so you can easily grab everything you need in one hand while you hold a squirming baby in the other.
Keep a stash of plastic bags for throwing away stinky diapers and reusable ones for soiled clothes.
With small children, you’re bound to get some bodily fluids that aren’t your own on your hands when you don’t have easy access to soap and a sink. Keep a small bottle of sanitizer in a pocket of your diaper bag, or better yet, attach one to a zipper on the outside of your bag so you don’t have to dig around with dirty hands.
Muslin blankets are one of the greatest gifts to parents of infants. They’re lightweight, don’t take up much room, come in some really cute patterns, and are so versatile! Use it instead of a nursing cover, to lay your baby on when you’re at the playground, or to cover your bucket seat while baby is blissfully napping while you go for a stroll. You can even artfully arrange it around your neck and wear it as a cute scarf!
Inevitably you’ll realize the moment you’re running an errand and your baby starts shrieking that you forgot to pack his pacifier. Keep an extra one stashed away for those emergency moments.
You never know when hunger will strike. (And if you’re breastfeeding, don’t be surprised if you feel like a bottomless pit for awhile!) Keep a stash of non-perishable snacks, such as granola bars and nuts, extra formula and bottles, and Inspired Start pouches in your diaper bag to prevent you and your baby from becoming hangry.
And for one last tip that a good friend told me: just use a plain old backpack. Sure, it might not be as pretty as a diaper bag, but it’s super convenient for carrying around, they often have a ton of pockets, and you can probably find one for less money than a standard diaper bag.
Mamas, what do you keep in your diaper bag?
Contributed by: Bev Feldman
Bev Feldman is a Boston-area mom to two adorable and exhausting daughters. She’s the author of the self-care guide, The Busy Mom’s Guide to Creativity, and a jewelry designer and metalsmith. You can find her at www.linkouture.com.