Sure summer is over half over and some of you may already have kids back in school but when you have a little one, it’s always good to be prepared when you head out the door.
I will freely admit that the difference between packing for my first and my third is night and day. I practically packed a suitcase worth of stuff with baby number one in a perfectly organized diaper bag. With number three, I use a gym bag and pretty much just throw in whatever I think I’ll need and run out the door. Bonus points if I remember the baby too (don’t judge…she’s a really content baby…quiet…easily forgotten).
So given that I’m somewhat of an “expert” on diaper bag packing, here are a few of the essentials that even on my most disorganized days (i.e. every day), I remember to keep on hand to ensure relative success whether we’re at the grocery store, the park or a play date:
- Change of clothes: one extra change of clothes. Not three. One. The nice thing about summer is that if baby happens to destroy all outfits, we go naked. Let’s freely admit that most babies are happier that way any way. I know I would be…and am.
- Sunscreen: Never leave home without it but make sure you choose a brand that you trust, even if it’s a bit pricier. There are some out there that do more harm than good.
- Hats: Nothing makes my baby crankier than the sun in her eyes so we always make sure we have a hat on hand, even if it’s overcast. Plus, it gets her used to having something on her head so that come winter, she won’t mind a winter hat (let’s all collectively laugh at how that’s totally not going to go as planned)
- Diapers and wipes: No brainer and a guarantee that if you leave without either, your baby will have a monsterous blow out the second you arrive at your destination. Trust me, I have three kids; this means I know everything. The nice thing about working with Huggies is that I have been able to try out their new Little Mover’s Plus diapers (available exclusively at everyone’s favorite giant, Costco in sizes 3-6!) and they are fabulous! The New DryTouch Liner® and the Double Grip Strips ensure that the diaper doesn’t leak, baby stays dry and (most importantly) baby doesn’t rip off said diaper and proceed to pee on the floor (not that that’s ever happened to us…). These diapers work so well for us that I’ve become bold and only pack 1 or 2 when we go out. This living on the edge thing has it’s merits, I tell you.
- Toys: Even babies get bored so be sure to pack a couple of favorites to keep them happy and occupied.
- Snacks: My kids love to eat. The baby (now 11 months old) LOVES to eat. She has no loyalty when there is food around and she would climb over my cold, dead body to get to her snack plate. This is no exaggeration. This girl is clearly her mother’s daughter. Bottom line: snacks buy you time so pack plenty.
Your turn: what are some of your diaper bag essentials? Do you find you’re more liberal with your second, third or fourth baby than you were with your first?
Disclosure: I am part of the Huggies Ambassador Campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.