5 Tips for Assembling the Perfect Diaper Bag
It’s a called diaper bag not a weekender suitcase – is my standard comment when one of my grandchildren get dropped off by their mom. This child comes with enough stuff to stay a week when she is only visiting for a couple of hours! I know, we have all been there.. New Parent Syndrome.
Our first little one took us by surprise. I mean really.. no one tells you half of how it will be with a newborn and what they do share you don’t believe it could possibly be that crazy! My advice to new parents.. “CHILL OUT” and enjoy the journey. This coming from a mom of seven who has been having babies since there was nothing but cloth options. I know; I am giving away my age and that I have both little ones and children with little ones. The Wilson home is anything but dull or quiet.
Okay so now you have a bundle of joy and all this stuff that you think you might need if you leave the house for more than 20 minutes. My daughter Beth and her husband Chris actually EACH had a diaper bag when Colton was born. Beth’s bag had and still does have more shoved in it than three children would need while Chris has his organized and packed (sorry stowed away – he is a Marine) with the basic necessities. Now that another baby, Little Miss Allie has joined their family, the diaper bag needs wheels. Honestly it does with two in diapers!
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So what is really needed in a diaper bag? Again we are talking about going off for the afternoon not the weekend. Here are my 5 Tips for Assembling the Perfect Diaper Bag.
#1 Diapers for one change per hour. Yes, if you are going off for 3 hours shopping you do not need 36 diapers! My diaper of choice has always been Huggies® Brand. They were the first disposables that we used way back in the day and have had them in the house ever since.
#2 Clothing – three (3) complete outfits including socks, bib, outfit, undershirt. Babies tend to either soil or spit up on everything they are wearing so having three complete outfits should cover it.
#3 Burb cloths and wipes – again these tend to be over packed in most diaper bags. A couple of burb cloths and a package of wipes should handle most day trips.
#4 Bottles and formula for two feedings unless baby is nursing and then exchange for a coverup.
#5 Pacifier, lovely or other comfort item especially if someone other than mom is caring for baby.
That’s it. More than enough for an afternoon or date night. With a well organized diaper bag you will save your shoulder and bag the stress of carrying the extra weight.
Our go to diaper is the Huggies® Little Snugglers because they offer outstanding skin care with their GentleAbsorb liner and wetness indicator. They are also available from Newborn to Size 3 so you are covered until baby becomes mobile.
They also have:
• Soft, breathable outer cover
• Leak Lock design for up to 12 hours of protection
• Shaped to fit new babies with the umbilical cord cut-out protects belly buttons as they heal
• Pocketed back waistband helps keep runny messes inside
• Comfy outer cover and quilted, flexible inner pad
• Characters make changing time fun for your little one
Both Colton and Allie keep their mom busy and she is happy using Huggies® Little Snugglers for her diaper needs.
What are your tips for packing the perfect diaper bag?