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The diaper bag that I carry feels like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag some days. I kid myself that I’ll able to pull out just about anything I need from that thing! But that’s the thing I’ve discovered as a Mom—I always want to be prepared for anything that comes our way—from a blowout to entertainment/toys to fighting germs and staying healthy!
So I thought I’d share a little peek at what’s in my diaper bag. I’ve streamlined it quite a bit since Bryce was born, and I think I’ve got the essentials covered!
Let’s get down to the specifics…
- Diaper changing pad (this houses sample sizes of ointment, set of nail clippers, diapers and wipes). Easy to grab if I just need to do a diaper change instead of taking the whole bag!
- My wallet with cash, driver’s license, credit cards, insurance cards, etc. (My cell phone can fit in here too, it actually is more of a wristlet in case I want to use it on its own!)
- Multi-use cover from Covered Goods that can be used 4 ways: as a nursing/pumping cover, as an infinity scarf (especially if you get spit up on your clothes and don’t have a spare shirt!), carseat cover, or cart cover. This thing is GENIUS!
- Protein bar in case I get hungry (which is all the time, by the way.)
- Paper and pen for jotting down notes, grocery list, to-do’s, etc.
- Toys for Bryce to keep him entertained (some for teething, and some that don’t make a lot of noise for when we are in church and he needs a distraction!)
- Change of clothes for Bryce (you know, for that inevitable blowout that will happen when you are out in public…)
- Drool bibdana (a MUST for my little guy!)
- Coupon portfolio (has all my rewards cards, gift cards and coupons all in once place so I can get those bargains and save some moolah!)
- And lastly- my on-the-go healthy essentials for those just-in-case moments! I highly recommend everyone (not even Moms) have something like this. I got a lot of these items at Walmart. It includes things like…
- Hair tie/bobby pins
- Hand sanitizer
- Chapstick Total Hydration (100% natural and instantly smooths and moisturizes for clinically proven healthier looking lips!)
- Facial tissues
- Travel size perfume vials- perfect to throw in here in case I need a spritz!
- Cough drops
- Advil Tablet Vial (I use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold. I also recycle the vial when empty to hold change or bobby pins!)
- Infant’s Advil (It provides up to 8 hours of fever/pain relief with just 1 dose and quickly soothes teething pain and fever!)
So there you have it! A lot of stuff, but all very necessary if you ask me!
Mommas- what do you carry in your diaper bag? What kinds of essentials do you keep on hand to stay healthy?
Laura@ Fit Running Mama says
I used a diaper bag for Sara but use more of a back pack now since my hands are always full between the two kids. Your bag is way more organized!!!
I bet I’d use a backpack with two kiddos two- much easier it sounds! (Plus, the hubs wouldn’t mind the backpack style either!)
I love the taggie blankets!!! We had those in all shapes and sizes when little man was that age, hands down his favorite toy!
Our diaper bag is fairly narrowed down now but mainly apple sauce squeezes (so helpful when a snack is needed), an extra sippy cup in case & diapers.
Prior to baby, I didn’t see the point of these but now…I totally get it! Something about those tags…
Good to know that diaper contents get a bit more streamlined as he grows. I feel like I am carrying a small suitcase wherever we go!
I definitely had all those items when Claire was little! Love your diaper bag! The herringbone is super cute!
I am SO glad I found this bag to replace the one I originally had- much easier to find what I need and the print is awesome!
Caroline @ Tasteful Style says
This post is SO helpful! I’m due to have my first baby in December, and I’m starting to freak out about everything I’ll need! Definitely saving this for future reference :)
Congratulations Caroline!!! Don’t worry- the diaper bag is one of the last things to worry about, but you don’t really leave the house the first few days (or even couple weeks) so you have time! So excited for you!
Katie @ Live Half Full says
I realized I would need my diaper bag packed about 15 minutes before our first doctor’s appointment last week and packed it quickly. So far so good! I was proud that I nursed and changed him in the car yesterday!!!
Way to go Mama!! It’s amazing to see how we adapt to our circumstances isn’t it?! Gotta do what we gotta do :-)