When you’re on the go with your little ones, it’s hard to just get up and go. If you think about it, you basically need to bring almost everything in your nursery with you just to go out for the afternoon. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but babies need a lot of stuff. And if you have more than one, that’s double the cargo.
On a beautiful spring day a few months after Delaney was born, we decided to go to the zoo for a fun, family afternoon. After an hour of “just getting stuff together” the trunk of my car looked like we were going on a 2 week vacation. We were gone for approximately 3 hours. Can you guess how much I used? 3 items! I vowed never again to haul that much with us for one afternoon. I only needed basic essentials that can fit into any normal diaper bag.
While you do need to prepare for almost anything, it really doesn’t mean filling the trunk. Here are the 5 things I’ve discovered that I really only need in my diaper bag.
Diapers and wipes: A no brainer, but you probably won’t need the entire mega-box with you. Average how many diapers your little one goes through in an afternoon (or day, depending on how long you’ll be out) and then add 3 extra.
Extra clothes: Messes are going to happen, but one or two extra outfits is probably enough. An extra layer is also a good idea – like a sweater or jacket – for temperature changes.
Food: If you’re breastfeeding, slip in your modestly cover if you use one and maybe some powder formula just in case. If your little one uses formula exclusively or is eating baby food, bring enough for one extra meal should you stay longer than expected or she’s just hungrier than usual. And don’t forget your NUK® Bottles with Perfect Fit™ Nipples – they not only look cute, but the 1-piece Anti Coloic Air System helps reduce colic, gas and spit up.
Pacifiers: If your cutie is a pacifier baby, put in a few. Between losing them and getting dirty on the ground, you really can’t have enough on hand. Attaching a pacifier clip to your diaper bag can also help keep it within reach while you’re out and about.
Toys: A small toy or two, like rattles, links or a favorite stuffed friend can help keep a little one busy or engaged especially if you need a few more minutes until you can feed or change her.
So while there will be times you do need to bring more gear, if you’re just out running errands or an afternoon trip chances are you only need a few essentials. And remember, unless you’re on a deserted island, you can always find a store if you’ve forgotten or run out of an essential.