If I’m not careful, my diaper
bag backpack gets heavily overloaded with unnecessary items. About once a week, I bring it in from the house and look to see what nonsense is in there that shouldn’t be. Most of the time it’s extra (non-used) diapers, miscellaneous toys and blankets.
Then, I cut it back to the essentials and my back breaths a big sigh of relief. Plus, my older two girls are more likely to help carry it when it doesn’t weigh a million pounds.
So, what’s included?
Diapers + wipes. We use cloth diapers (and the occasional disposal when traveling overnight). Always have more than you think you will need.
Wet Bag. This is great for soiled diapers or clothes or anything in general that needs to be taken home. We even use wet bags when we are traveling to hold dirty burp rags or diapers when there’s no access to a trash can.
Burp rags. Babies spit up. And drool and just overall leak. Bonus is, in a pinch, it can be used as a diaper!
First Aid Kit. We need something out of this first aid kit nearly every week. The older kids get bumps, mom and dad need headache medicine or a wound needs cleaning.
Change of clothes. Babies and kids leak and drool and sometimes a burp rag isn’t enough.
Blanket. Good for a nursing cover, to keep baby warm or shaded or even for the older kids if they get cold.
Tissues. Have I mentioned that kids leak? Because they do. We have some pretty infamous “double-barrel-snot-rocket” sneezes around here and they need to be quickly remedied. Between the 4 girls and Mr. Serious and I, We use quite a few tissues daily. We need them handy everywhere. They are in the bathroom, the car and the diaper bag.
Feeding “things.” This sort of depends on the age.
When they are little (at the breast-feeding age), I was all about breast pads, lanolin and burp rags.
Then, once they get into eating food, it’s all about the food and bibs! Beech-Nut has some great new snacks and ready to go items that are perfect for throwing in our diaper bag for our next trip or adventure. And let’s be honest, my big kids (and even I) will be snacking on those Quinoa Crispies!
Food is a must to have on us at all times. We never know when we might get stuck somewhere and need food for the kids!
What are your diaper bag essentials?