I find my diaper bag needs tend to change as the baby grows. Maybe I don’t change everything out quite every month, but definitely every few. Here’s what I’m currently toting around and why:
(1) The GATHRE x Rylee + Cru Grid Change Mat. I often have to change my babies in awkward bathrooms or at people’s homes. So having my own safe change mat to put them down on is key. I personally love love love the grid leather change mat that GATHRE did with Rylee+Cru, so so cute.
(2) The swaddle blanket. I use our swaddles as burp cloths, swaddle blankets or even sun covers for the baby while in the stroller or car seat. They’re indispensable and I always have one on hand in my diaper bag.
(3) The organic bum balm. I love the Pea in a Pod cream and have used it with all three kids. It smells great and works well on cradle cap and even eczema. Thought for Henrik’s current yeast infection it didn’t do much.
(4) The nursing cover. Although I’m not a fan of covering up to feed babies these days, sometimes having the cover can be handy too. Plus these ones double as scarves and triple as car seat covers.
(5) The MAM soothers! ahhh the soother. I know there’s much debate about whether to give babies one or not, and how early is too early if you’re breastfeeding. Just my 2 cents, I’ve breastfed all my babies to one year and beyond…have given them soothers from the second they were born, literally in the hospital, and have never had an issue with my milk or their sucking. If anything, I find they learn to suck on a soother rather than my nipples way more enjoyable and helps them settle easier. My kids only took one soother, though I tried many, the MAM were the only brand they liked…all three. Note: new babies don’t have the ability to hold their soothers in their mouths for long and their sucking reflex isn’t activated until the soother touches the roof of their mouth, so just put it in and hold it and jiggle a bit until they’ve got the sucking down. I always have spare soothers in my bag…two at least because sometimes one will get lost or fall on the floor of a store.
(6) Wash cloths! I use these bamboo ones and always have them on hand. They serve two purposes, 1 to wipe up drool and barf from the babes should they spit up, and two, I place it over them so I don’t get peed on during diaper changes.
(7) A spare onesie. I’m currently in love with this dotted one from Oeuf, but the reason I keep a spare onesie in my bag is for quick changes during blow outs or major spit ups.
(8) Last but not least, I bring a wrap with me everywhere I go. Sometimes babies get fussy, in the stroller or car seat or at a friend’s house. If I need free hands or if my toddler is melting down, putting the baby in a wrap tied tightly to me, instantly calms them and also frees up my arms to deal with whatever else is coming my way.
Any other bits you guys would like to share? I’m sure there are so many other little things I should bring along but haven’t thought of.