Sunshine. Snacks. Smiles. Outings with baby can be a dream. But if you go unprepared, they can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Never fear, though. Our no-nonsense guide puts together a checklist of diaper bag essentials, and some tips for carrying it all.
First, let’s break down everything a successful diaper bag should have:
Diapers: at least one diaper for each hour you’ll be out of the house.
Wipes: not just for diaper changes, but also for dirty hands. Hand sanitizer is also a good idea.
Changing Pad: luckily, almost all the diaper bags we sell include one.
Plastic Bags: to store dirty diapers and other things you don’t want floating around unsealed in your diaper bag. Rather than buying new plastic bags, collect old grocery bags or get some biodegradable bags.
Blanket: you can use a blanket to bundle baby up, provide a changing area, or create some shade on a sunny to day. The plusher the better!
Extra Clothes: a light jacket is always a good idea.
Sunscreen: a sunhat might also come in handy.
First-Aid Kit: because you never know.
Sounds like a lot, right? So how’s a mom supposed to carry all this stuff?
First off, choose a diaper bag that’s comfortable for you. An ergonomic choice like this will help with heavy loads.
But it’s also important to take a load off sometimes. Don’t ever hesitate to enlist dad, big brother, and big sister to help out with toting the diaper bag. Hint: they’ll be a lot more amenable to tackling this task if the diaper bag doesn’t look too embarrassing on their arm. Check out some of our more gender-neutral diaper bags, like this and this.
Spring is on the horizon, and that means you’ll be able to get out and see the world with your little one – but only if you’re packed up and ready to go!