It's been quite some time since I shared what we pack in the diaper bag, and boy has in changed since my "mom of one" days! When Owen was a baby I packed so much every time we went out. I wanted to be prepared in case of any kind of emergency, big or small, but over the years I have learned to tone it down a bit, and save my sanity, not to mention my back! Diaper bags can get really heavy!
The trick to having everything you need, but not having to carry it all is to keep a stash of diapers (I prefer Huggies Diapers), Huggies Natural Care Wipes and changes of clothes for the kids in the trunk of your car. I figure that if one of them really needed a change of clothes, which doesn't happen very often, we can always head back to the car to get them. This saves me a lot of space and weight in the bag, but still gives me piece of mind.
Now, let's get to the part where I tell you exactly what I keep inside my bag...
T O Y S - I keep one toy for each boy in the diaper bag at all times. If I don't clean the bag out often I'll end up with 2-3 for each of them by the end of the week, so I try to clear it out each afternoon to keep it light. Luke is teething, and everything is going in his mouth these days, so his toy is usually a teether. Owen usually brings something with him in his hands, but I like to have a mini figure or car in the bag for him in case we have to do some waiting somewhere.
W A T E R S - My boys are big water drinkers. If either of them is a little cranky a little water usually does the trick, and I know it does for me too, so I always have mine as well.
F I R S T A I D K I T - I bought this little kid's first aid kit when Owen was two and I have continued to restock it with fun bandages, antibiotic ointment and the such over the years. I can't tell you how many times I have be so thankful to have this on had.
C H A N G I N G S T A T I O N - This is an absolute necessity in my book! I love that I have all the things I need to change Luke, like Huggies Diapers, Huggies Natural Care wipes, antibacterial hand wipes, antibacterial hand spray, diaper cream, organized in one nice neat little package.
S N A C K S - Next to the diapers, this might be the next most essential thing on the list! I pack fresh food for them if we're doing more than a quick drop off or trip to the store, but I try to keep a couple easy options that don't spoil in the bag so I don't have to repack it every morning. Both boys like apple sauce pouches, and Owen would live on kid's energy bars if he could, so I always pack those. I also keep a treat or two (honey sticks and lollipops, currently) in there too in case I need to bribe O or buy some time with him.
E N T E R T A I N M E N T - You never know when or where you'll get stuck waiting for a bit, and with kids in tow even 5 minutes is a loooong time. Bubbles are an easy way for me to keep both my almost 5 year-old and almost 1 year-old entertained, as is the sidewalk chalk. They also make me kind of like the "fun mom" at the park!
M Y S T U F F - And of course I need to fit all of my things in the bag too. I always have my keys, wallet, phone, compact, lipstick, sunglasses, a notepad and pen. I used to keep my planner with me, but it became too heavy. Now I use the notepad for jotting down lists, ideas and to do's on the go.
I picked up diapers and wipes on a recent trip to Babies "R" Us. Every once in a while I'll shop at the baby section in our Toys "R" Us, but nothing compares to the actual Babies "R" Us store! They have everything you need to prepare for a new baby, and the selections are endless. I found myself longing for the baby days again as I strolled the aisles with Luke. It seems like there is always some cool new gear to use that I haven't seen before!
And then it got me thinking about when I was a new mom shopping and preparing for my first little baby. I took all the baby classes and did so much research about what to buy, and what brands were the best. The best class I took was one Keith and I took together about baby care. They went over the basics like bathing, diapering, soothing, etc. It may sound like obvious stuff now, but at the time it was a great piece of mind.
Babies "R" Us is currently offering Baby's Basics Classes, so if you're a soon-to-be parent you should check them out! These classes are hosted by a local community medical partner and cover how to care for a baby during the first 6 months of infancy –from bathing to diaper changing and beyond!
You can find a class near you HERE! bathing to diaper changing and beyond!
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So that pretty much sums it up! I try not to carry too much, but still be prepared for any of my little guys' needs -- it's a delicate balance! What do you pack in your diaper bag? Share in the comments below!