Today we take a peek inside another bag, the Diaper bag! We started this mini-series by a post about organizing your purse, you can read all about it here.
Organizing a diaper bag is not difficult, what is really difficult is to leave home with everything your baby needs inside this bag. It took me a while to create a system when preparing my baby to go out, now with my second daughter (who is not really a baby anymore, she is turning 2 very soon), I can be out the door in less than 30 minutes! A record please!
I bought the bag I’m using now 2 years ago, when I was 36 weeks pregnant, a Skip-Hop that was on sale in Mothercare, I had very specific demands at the time: a bag that comes with a changing mat, that has many pockets and zippers, that matches the color of the new baby stroller ( yes, I’m that OCD), and finally that I could strap on the stroller handle, when open and folded. This bag met all my requirements and then some more, how could I leave it? and if I remember correctly I got it for 50% of the original price, a very good deal!
Diaper bags go through phases, they change and their contents change as your baby grows and his needs get more specific, or if you want, complicated! So when you are buying a diaper bag, don’t rush, take your time, and invest in a bag that will last for at least 2 years if not longer. Get a bag that you like, with as many pockets and spaces as possible, nothing too big, but that still fits all your baby’s things.
As I mentioned earlier, babies’ needs can be overwhelming – especially for first time moms – and since I’m a huge list fan, I came up with the below list, that has all items a baby could use, and a mom needs on the go, of course there are essential items, but many others proved to be very important on many occasions, so I included everything I could think of. I divided the list into 2 categories, 0 – 6 months, and 6 months – 2 years, you can download it and print it here.
So here are the contents of the diaper bag for my almost 2 years old daughter as an example.
- Diapers, Changing mat, and wipes.
- Extra set of clothes
- Rash cream, nail clipper, brush, Band-aid, and thermometer
- Raisins, yoghurt, Cereal in small container with a spoon, sippy cup, and disposable bibs
- Blanket, and toys
One tip I learnt, is to keep a pack of wipes and 6 diapers inside the bag at all times, I don’t take them out when I empty the bag, this makes life easier, and checks 2 essential items off the list every time we are going out.
I lost the bag’s matching changing mat, so I bought a smaller one from Baby Shop that I can wash / wipe clean. If your bag doesn’t come with a changing mat, there are plenty of choices in the market, and there is a pack of disposable ones which can be very useful.
For the clothes, I use a clear pouch from Daiso, to hold the extra outfit. sometimes, I just carry 1 extra outfit, and other times when I know we will be out for a long time I pack two sets. When I pack the outfits, I like to pack the whole set, undershirt, clothes, socks, and matching hair bands or tic-tacs.
I use a smaller similar pouch to hold toiletries, baby rash cream, clear plastic bags to dispose diapers, hand sanitizer, some band aid just in case, baby brush, and a thermometer.
On some days, when I know we won’t be out for long, or on crowded weekends when I’m sure I wont be able to take the stroller inside the changing room, I keep the mat, wipes, 2 diapers, diaper cream, and a change of clothes in the same pouch, so I can easily carry my baby and grab this pouch for a quick, hassle-free diaper change.
My baby was formula fed, so I always had 2 (if not 3) sterilized bottles, and pre-measured baby formula in a formula dispenser that is available in all baby stores, I got mine from Baby Shop. Now that she is older, I have a set of small plastic boxes for solid food, I use them for cereal, cookies, fruits, etc.. For hot meals, I use Tommee Tippee’s bowl with lid and spoon, as well as Tommee Tippee’s disposable bibs.
If your baby is younger than 6 months, make sure you pack enough burp cloths and bibs, I don’t think I carried less than 4 of each when both my girls were that young.
For entertainment, just pack one or two of your baby’s favorite toys, something you know he/she would play with, or maybe a book with plenty of pictures. Also, a blanket is very important, if weather gets colder, or if you want to cover the stroller from too bright light in shopping malls when your little one is napping.
So what about you? How do you keep track of your baby’s diaper bag contents? Are you always ready to go? Or does it take you forever to get prepared? Share with us your tips, we would love to hear from you!
Have a lovely week,