Got a baby? Then you’re definitely going to need to learn how to pack a diaper bag.
And while, after five kids, my own diaper bag may primarily consist of decade-old crumbs, diapers in every size assortment, and years worth of half-used chapstick, I’m here to assure you that there are better ways to pack a diaper bag. Truly Mama’s Jillian Robinson, a first-time mom of one son, breaks down what she packs in her diaper bag, so let’s take a peek inside:
First things first, you need the right diaper bag. Jillian swears by the Skip Hop backpack diaper bag because it’s the perfect size to pack all the essentials, comes with tons of compartments, and it’s own changing pad–and it’s easy to sling over your shoulder when you’re on-the-go. “We absolutely love it,” Jillian says. And can you beat being hands-free with a baby and later, a toddler? Didn’t think so.
As a bottle-feeding mom, Jillian chooses the Dr. Browns’ bottles for her baby, a decision I absolutely agree with. Dr. Brown’s bottles are hands-down the best and they have so many different types that it’s easy to find the right bottle for you. Personally, I love the glass bottles for my baby since I try to be plastic-free as much as possible.
This genius tip comes from Jillian and it’s a good one: you can purchase these travel bottle caps separately from Dr. Brown and prepare any bottles with milk or water ahead of time, then affix a cap so it won’t spill. Total lifesaver.
Jillian is a fan of the Podee bottle, which is a little-known secret for a lot of moms. If you’re ever in a situation where your bottle-fed baby needs to be fed and you can’t feed him yourself, this gadget comes to the rescue. It’s a regular bottle, but has a long tube attached to just the bottle top so it allows even small infants to self-feed. However, be sure it’s only used under supervision, of course.
And speaking of sanitizing, you gotta have the hand sanitizer these days. We love Hilary Duff’s Happy Little Camper’s hand sanitizer because it’s non-toxic and has a lockable dispenser. And don’t forget the extra masks!
A Spare Outfit
Jillian keeps a spare change of clothes, bib, socks, and a burp cloth in a Ziploc bag for emergencies. Super smart. She also keeps extra fresh plastic bags, which come in handy for a whole range of functions, from stashing dirty clothes and diapers to holding snacks.
This formula dispenser is handy because it can be used to stash snacks as your baby grows. The spout fits perfectly into a bottle of water and adds pre-measured formula for a bottle ready-to-go.
“I can not recommend these enough,” says Jillian. She always keeps a swaddle or two in the diaper bag, even though her son is past the swaddling age, because they’re soft and breathable, yet still keep him warm. “It’s great for him to get cozy with one of these if he gets tired.”
This sensory rattle is perfect for babies of all ages, because the design accommodates little hands that can’t quite grasp a regular rattle and is still fun and entertaining enough for older babies too.
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