What’s in your diaper bag?
Diaper bags have become high-fashion items, with designers such as Armani, Prada, and Gucci producing high-end versions. They range from ultra-modern to retro, from distressed and tattoo-inspired to classy and trimmed with snakeskin. With examples to match every taste and budget, our only question is: what do these ultra-chic moms and dads carry inside them?
So we put our heads together and came up with a list.
Diapers. Carry as many as you think you might possibly need, then add 2 or 3 more. Your baby could surprise you with more nappy change requests than any sane person would expect. Modern diapers are slimline, and even a small bag will hold an impressive number.
Wipes. A must for nappy changes and messes. Look for wipes that are infused with water or plant extracts rather than harsh and perfumed chemicals – your baby’s sensitive skin will thank you. Many come in handy travel packs to cut down on bulk.
Hand sanitizer. You’ll be amazed how often your baby will need a diaper change in places where it’s difficult or impossible to wash your hands. A small bottle of hand sanitizer will hold you until you can get to soap and water.
Changing pad. Most diaper bags will include this, but best to be sure. You should find one that folds easily so that it will fit in your already bulging bag. Remember to wipe it down regularly with an antibacterial spray or wash between trips to cut down on infection.
Diaper Sacks. For obvious reasons. If you can’t dispose of the dirty diaper immediately, you’ll be glad to seal it away from your delicate nose until you find a proper rubbish bin. It isolates the diaper germs from contaminating the other items in your diaper bag too.
Bottles or sippy cup. Depending on whether your child is a baby or a toddler. A drink can defuse many potentially explosive situations when you’re out and about. If you’re a breastfeeding mama then a bottle of expressed milk can be an easy way to feed a hungry baby on the go.
Muslin cloths or bibs. Both to catch spit-ups and to protect your baby’s clothing when feeding. This is my own most frequently forgotten item, and I often blame myself when my little one covers himself in juice or soup.
Change of clothing. This one’s non-negotiable, even when you don’t think you’ll be out for long. Milk spills, leaking diapers, and the multitude of messy muddles that active babies can get themselves into. A vest or onesie folded into a pocket is guaranteed to save the day at least once over the lifetime of your bag.
Nursing Shawl. If you breastfeed your baby, it’s handy to have a lightweight garment to use as a cover when your baby decides that it’s time to eat. Cotton folds tightly and won’t make your baby feel too warm undercover.
Are we missing anything? Let us know!