No one wants their diaper bag to weight 50 pounds! But for first time moms it seems impossible to determine what you might need for your baby in every situation.
Even experienced moms can end up with way more than need in their bag. But, what’s worse? Having too much stuff or not having what you need in that “oh no!” moment?
Really, there is no amount of packing and preparing you could do to ensure you will always have what you need for your children. I’m on my third child now and I can tell you that! However, there are a (very) few things that you do NEED and just a couple things that could be life savers!
Top ten diaper bag must haves!
- Changing mat
- Extra outfit for baby
- Rash cream
- Burp cloth
- Extra pacifier
- Nursing cover
- Bottle and formula or Juice cup
These things are just the bare necessities, but when it comes to dragging everything around on your shoulder, I promise, that’s what you want to stick with. As long as you have diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, and whatever sustenance your child prefers, you would be amazed how far you can make it on that alone.
You will be tempted to bring three outfits, 5 toys, and back up everything, again, resist. You should always remember how long you will actually be away from the house. For most everyday outings these things will be more than enough to take great care of baby!
My three favorite new diaper bags in 2017
- Jujube Be Classy Bag in Annapolis
- Bag Nation Backpack Diaper Bag
- Hip Club Diaper Bag and Changing Pad
Jujube is AMAZING! But there are cute diaper bags in all price ranges. These are just three new bags that I love! Thought I would share. Don’t feel presure to have the most expensive, latest, or most trendy bag. Always focus on what work for you and your family.
Now the TWO items that could be your life saver if you have them on hand!
- An extra shirt for MOM
- Baby grooming kit
This is my secret stash. My survival kit on the go. I know it seems like obvious advise to bring an extra shirt, but the secret is to always have it with you! Never leave home without it, especially in the first six months, and count how many times it saves you the embarrassment that baby stains can cause!
As for the grooming kit, that is the real trick. In case your not sure what I mean, this is a great example. This kit includes a medicine syringe, paci, nasal aspirator, forehead and digital thermometer, nail clippers, emery board, comb and brush, teether, gum massager, and finger brush. Of course it also comes with a travel bag so it’s easy to keep everything together in one spot.
Keeping this in your diaper bag is a genius way to be prepared for almost anything! Fussy baby? You have teethers, pacis, gum soothers, and more to help him feel better. Crazy hair? Hang nail? Forgot the newborn gloves? Does baby have a fever? Need to give emergency medicine? You are prepared!
Close runners up for bag necessities include
- Plastic bags for soiled clothes or diapers
- Hand sanitizer
- Tide stick for stains
- Baby sunblock
- Teething gel
- Baby Tylenol
- Band aids
- Breast pads
I’m sure any of these things would come in handy eventually. I’ll let you decide how likely it is that you would need to carry them daily.
No matter what, there will come a day when you are unprepared, but that’s what makes moms so great in the first place. We still know what to do! Don’t get hung up in what you need to care for baby and remember that you are MOM! You’ve got this!
I hope this helps you determine the essentials from the extra. Is there anything I missed in your opinion? Anything that should be in the top ten that isn’t? Let me know in the comments below!