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Essentials for Stocking Your Diaper Bag

July 23, 2012

Gone are the days of running out to the store with only your keys, cash, and identification in your pocket. Now that you’re starting a family, you’ll not only be toting your kids around with you, but you’ll need to pack a load of essentials whenever you’ve got your little ones in tow. If you’re feeling clueless about what to stock in your new diaper bag, we’ve got a few suggestions!

  1. Ziploc bags. We’ve talked about our predilection for these disposable bags in the past. Need a place to stash a dirty diaper or a soiled pair of pants? Did your bottle of sunscreen explode? Ziploc bags are a convenient way to contain any and all messes.
  1. A spare set of clothes. The day will come when you’re away from home, your baby has soaked through her clothes, and you’ll be thankful for the extra set of clothes you’ve been carrying around. You might even want to throw in a fresh t-shirt for you!
  1. Identification. Make sure you keep a card with your name, number, and email address in your diaper bag, in case you leave it at the playground or next to a changing table in a public restroom.
  1. First-aid kit. Not only will you be glad to have band-aids, gauze, and tylenol on hand, but your fellow moms at the park will be grateful as well.
  1. Burp cloth. Even if it’s your oldest, rattiest burp cloth, having it on hand will be invaluable for life’s daily spit-ups, bottle spills, and melted snack smears.
  1. The basics. Of course, always keeping your bag stocked with a few diapers, a changing pad, wipes, and diaper cream is necessary for an outing of any length.
  1. Snacks. If your baby has started eating solid foods, you’ll always want to have pieces of fruit or small crackers on hand for any hunger-related meltdowns. And in case you have such a meltdown, make sure to pack a granola bar and a bottle of water for yourself!
  1. A comforting toy. If your baby has one toy she always gravitates to in teary moments, buy a duplicate and keep it in your bag to stave off weepiness.
  1. Spare set of keys. For when you’re unloading a baby, a diaper bag, and a stroller from your car, and you forget your keys. It will happen.
  1. Bottles. Even if you think you’re sneaking in errands between feedings, your baby may have other ideas.

What ingenious items do you tote around town in your diaper bag? Leave us some suggestions in the comments!

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