As a mom to young children I feel like I need to bring my whole house with me when I leave. For the longest time I was loading myself down with way too much stuff in an overstuffed bag. I had to dig through my bag to find what I needed, and it was just a mess. Finally I discovered that less can be more! You don’t need to take the entire nursery with you when you leave the house and you don’t need a giant out of style diaper bag either. I have come up with my list of essentials that every mother needs to carry in her diaper bag.
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Every mom knows the importance of a good diaper bag. We want it to be stylish yet functional. This Laiya Deluxe is an awesome choice. It fits everything I need and it doesn’t look like a frumpy bag lady bag. The best part? It doesn’t even really look like a baby bag. It can easily be used when your baby is older for a large purse, overnight bag, or beach bag! It comes with a long detachable handle so you can wear it on your shoulder should you so desire. It also includes a changing pad! You can get one 50% off here using the code COFFEEMM from now until February 10th. It would make a perfect gift for any expectant mother.
Nursing Cover/ Blanket
If you are a nursing mother, you might want to carry a nursing cover with you in your diaper bag. This one is a great affordable option that also doubles as a car seat canopy! You can also use a blanket to serve a similar purpose. Even non-breastfeeding moms should carry a blanket though, just in case your little one gets a little chill.
I know that not all babies take a pacifier. My daughter would not take one at all, but they are still nice to have. Sometimes even my daughter would chew on it, so it did come in handy at times. If you child loves their binkie, throw a few extra in there, because for some reason they always seem to go missing at the exact moment you need one.
This one is a given. You will for sure need poop receptacles for your darling angel.I always throw some extra in my diaper bag just to be on the safe side, along with a few plastic bags in case I can’t find a trash can. If you cloth diaper, you will need a wet bag as well.
Another given, but a necessity none the less. Trust me, you never want to be caught out in public without wipes. I have learned that one from experience. I usually get a travel pack and just leave it in my diaper bag at all times.
More than likely, your baby will have a blowout at least once in his or her life. This is where it is essential to have an extra outfit on hand! Finn and Emma have some adorable outfits that you can keep in your diaper bag for such an occasion. I typically keep one outfit for my baby and one change of clothes for my four year old in my bag at all times.
Diaper Rash Cream
you do not want to be caught out in public with a child with a red bumm and no diaper rash cream. I have been there, done that and it is no fun! Get a tube of whatever brand works for you, I like Desitin, and keep it in your bag at all times.
This one is mostly for older children, but snacks are a must! I can’t even tell you how many time I have been out running errands and my daughter is all of a sudden starving to death (yes she is quite the little drama queen). For younger children, I like the Gerber Graduates Puffs. For older children, like my little drama queen, I keep a baggie of goldfish in there just in case.
If your little one is cutting teeth, there is nothing better than having a teething toy you can grab and give to them when you are out. I keep my Finn + Emma wooden teething toy in my diaper bag every time I leave the house. Another favorite of most people is the Sophie Giraffe. No matter what you choose, a teething toy can be a life saver.
I cannot count how many times I have needed to change a diaper but there are no changing stations in sight. This is where a changing pad comes in extremely handy. You can lay it out anywhere and set your baby down for a quick change. Most diaper bags, like the Laiya Deluxe, come with one along with your bag so you won’t need to make a separate purchase.
If you are a bottle feeding mom, then you will want to bring bottles with you. I always found it easier to pre-make the bottle and keep it in a small insulated bag inside of my diaper bag. That way if there were to be a spill, it won’t get all over everything.
Diaper Bag Honorable Mentions
I feel like these items are great to have but not quite as necessary as the aforementioned ones. If you have room in your bag then great, pack them up and toss them in!
- Hand Sanitizer
- Small First Aid Kit
- Extra Nurisng Pads
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What are your diaper bag essentials? Let me know in the comments below!
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