Many of you don’t need this post, but for people who are just venturing out with their little one, it is important to know what you need to pack in your diaper bag when you plan on being out for a while. Many of these items came to live in my diaper bag after trips where I really needed them and did not have them. So, please feel free to benefit from my mistakes!
What to pack in your diaper bag:
-Diapers. This is a given, but you will not believe how many times I still accidentally leave the house without enough diapers, only to have to double back and then run to catch up with Travis and the girls at the bus stop.
-Wipes. Wipes are not just for cleaning up dirty diapers. They act as stain treatment for spills (just rub the wipe on the soiled area until you can pop the garment in the washer), hand washing on the go, clean up at a restaurant, and many other things. Make sure you always have plenty of these handy. I use a zip lock bag because I have found that they keep the wipes moist for the longest amount of time, and are easy to fit in your bag.
-A Wet Bag. Although this is normally associated with cloth diapering (which is awesome, by the way), this is a tool I received in a new mommy package I got from my Aunt Heidi who has kids that are the same age as my kids (my dad is the oldest of 7, need I say more?). This is an amazing thing to have in your bag in case you have a blow out diaper, a serious spit up incident, or a really dirty diaper with no trash can in sight. It appears they have changed my favorite brand of wet bag, so I won’t be recommending a specific brand to you, but I recommend one with a zipper closure. You can also find instructions on how to make your own if you are sew gifted here. You can order PUL, but you can also buy and use a cheap shower curtain liner from Ikea, for example.
-A Change of Clothes! For the same reason you need a wet bag, you need a change of clothes for you little one. I also covered the importance of a change of clothes in “My Child Gets Car Sick, Now What?“
-Water! If your are still going around with a nursing infant, you need water. If you are formula feeding, you need clean water for the formula. If you are breastfeeding, you need water to drink so you will have milk. Or if you have a toddler, they need water for drinking.
-Snacks that don’t smash easily. Smashed snacks are harder to give your little one to eat. If you are going to bring along something that can be easily smashed like a piece of fruit or a sandwich, you might want to consider getting a small tupper wear to keep it in one piece.
-Baby food. If your child is eating baby food, make sure you have several bottles if you are going to be out all day, and bring a spoon or two. Of course you could always go high tech and buy one of those new fangled baby food pouches for the on the go mom. I have used them a couple of times, and they were awesome because you don’t have a glass jar in your bag, and they fit in the bag more easily because of the tube shape.
-A Bib! Bibs keep clothes from getting totally dirty, and thus, I still carry one around for my two year old when I know we will be eating something messy away from home.
One final thing you might want to consider when going on a day trip is a strap that will turn any chair into a high chair, or bed into a safe roll-free place for you baby to sleep. I have seen friends using straps like these for years, but a fellow mom traveler, Sharon Markey (check out her blog here) alerted me to this new strap by Phil & Teds called the “wriggle wrapper” that also works for a sleeping solution. Thanks Sharon!
Of course, there are always things you could add or subtract from this list, but I feel like these are the basic essentials for a functional day out with your little one. I hope that many of you are planning day trips out as you prepare for your big trip this year.