Today I'm going to be sharing my absolute favorite diaper bag necessities.
If your child is still in diapers then you are going to want to have enough diapers on hand for the entire day. You never know what the day will bring! I personally use the Honest Company's diapers. These diapers are perfect for my Emma's sensitive skin and the prints are super adorable. Normally I have around four diapers in my diaper bag.
Wipes are absolutely crucial not only for changing your baby's diaper but for everyday messes. You'd be surprised how often baby wipes come in handy throughout the day. The Honest Company wins again. Their wipes are by far my favorite and I've tried just about every natural and sensitive wipe out there. I love the texture. They are soft and gentle on the baby's sensitive skin but are remarkably good at cleaning up the booty if you know what I mean.
It's so important to have a changing pad in your bag at all times. I don't know about y'all but I am a germ freak and the last thing I want is for my baby to come into contact with nasty surfaces such as a changing table at a public restroom.
Always have a change of clothes for your baby! I can't stress this enough. There are so many unexpected messes that are thrown at us including spilled food, "explosive diapers" etc. It doesn't have to be a full blown cute outfit. I normally keep a spare onesie in my bag for emergencies. Another article of clothing that I like to keep in my bag for my daughter is a cardigan because some places are colder than others and you don't want your little munchkin to get chilly.
Speaking of chilly...don't forget to keep a blanket in your bag. It doesn't have to be a huge winter blanket but it shouldn't be a paper thin one either. Like I said earlier...some places are colder than others and you always want to make sure that your baby is comfortable.
For the younger babies, it's always good to have extra pre-sanitized backup pacifiers handy. I don't care how amazing you think your pacifier clip is...If your child is anything like mine, they will figure out a way to get it off of them and on floor.
My daughter's comfort is my number one concern because an uncomfortable baby often leads to acting out. The teething fairy is a big meanie head and I am not a fan. I normally keep teethers in the freezer. I like to grab them out of the freezer and throw them into my bag cold. By the time she uses them they may or may not be cold but it's the thought that counts, right? This teether is made by the Honest Company and it is my daughter's favorite.
I know that there's so many parents out there who are totally against giving their children medication but spoiler alert...I'M NOT ONE OF THEM. As I said before, I want my daughter to be as comfortable as possible at all times and if she's in physical pain you bet your sweet booty that I am going to do everything in my power to alleviate it. I always keep orajel and tylenol in my bag.
Other "toiletry" items that I like to have in my bag include sun screen, healing balm and diaper rash cream from Honest.
FOOD. Om nom nom nom.
I don't know about your kids but mine is a little piglet. She could eat all day every day if she wanted so snacks are an absolute MUST. My favorite packable snacks are organic apple sauces (Emma loves mango and strawberry), Annie's organic cheddar bunnies, Happy Baby teething crackers (sweet potato and banana are her favorite) and Annie's organic graham cracker bunnies. If my kid doesn't have snacks readily available to her she will flip out. If it's a longer trip I like to throw a banana in there as well.
Since we are talking about food, let me tell you about one of my favorite food related items in my bag. I ALWAYS have a pack of these disposable table toppers in my bag. They are so convenient for when you're at a restaurant and want to make sure your baby isn't being exposed to too many germs. They stick right on the table top and don't do any damage. They come in all sorts of cute designs and they even have some educational ones with letters, numbers etc. Emma loves anything with pandas or Hello Kitty so it should come as no surprise that I have the following ones.
Hydration is just as important as nourishment. I always keep a sippy cup and a bottle of water in my bag. I've been through countless sippy cups and most of them end up being a major disappointment. It wasn't until recently that I found a cup that I actual love. So far it hasn't leaked and my pediatrician told me that cups with straws are better than ones without.