5 Top Diaper Bag Necessities!
We all know we need to include diapers, wipes, milk of some kind, and a change of clothes in the diaper bag. To make life a little easier after baby is born there is a few more items that come in handy that should be kept in your diaper bag. I am going to list my top 5 from when my babies were babies and in many cases I found it to be a lifesaver. A couple of them I learned from trial and error. For instance always keep 3 outfits in the diaper bag because it never fails baby will either soil the clean outfit as you are putting it on or as soon as you finish changing them. So here is my top 5 that are life savers.
1. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding keep breast pads in your diaper bag as you are guaranteed to leak whether your baby cries or someone in the same building cries. There is nothing more annoying than a leak in the grocery store line.
2. Yes, we covered a change of clothes for baby but make sure to throw a clean shirt in the bag for yourself. You never know when baby is going to not only soil their outfit but your shirt as well. Remember he/she is a fountain of ooze. From birth to toddler time. It never seems to fail that they always decide to wipe their nose/mouth on our shirt when we have a meeting.
3. Pack an extra house and car key in the side pocket of the diaper bag. Yes you might be saying why would I want to do that. Well from experience when you set your keys on the back seat to pick baby up out of the car seat or to cover baby up before pulling the car seat out of the car and you grab the diaper bag. Then you proceed to close the car door after you have already locked the car guess where you left the keys. You got it on the back seat leaving you either locked out of your car or house or both. So save yourself from the headache and get an extra made of both and put them in the diaper bag.
4. Pack 2 bottles of water. Whether bottle feeding or breastfeeding water is a necessity. It never fails you will need to make a bottle while you are at a location that does not have water. Or you get thirsty while you are feeding baby at the park after your walk.
"Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle!" ~ Stephen Curry
5. Identical Lovie. What? Why would you want to pack an identical Lovie if you already have one. Well I can’t tell you how many times I had to backtrack from grocery store, park, library, gas station post office just to find a babies Lovie because they either dropped it out of the car seat, or I set it down to pay for something as we become the one responsible for carrying everything and when baby has to have their Lovie in their hand to fall asleep you will want that extra one to be able to sooth them until you can find the original. Make sure you sleep with the Lovie for 1 or 2 nights to get it smelling like you this will help for young babies.
6. Bonus tip to pack. I learned the hard way how hot those car seat buckles can get so one big tip pack a receiving blanket and every time you get out of the car with baby put the receiving blanket over the metal part of the buckles nothing makes you feel worse than putting your baby in their seat and having them get burned from the metal pieces on the buckle. So make sure to cover those buckles.
So there are my top items outside of the normal diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers that we pack in the bag. If you have any questions or would like to share what you found to be a lifesaver in your diaper bag in the comments I would love to hear your ideas.