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When my first son was born, I had everything under the sun in my diaper bag. It was stocked to the very top. I had every single thing in case of an emergency. I wanted to be totally prepared for every situation. By my second kid, I realized, I didn’t need everything. But at that point I was packing for 2 kids, 12 months apart, and needed different sizes and stages of everything. but I did learn how to pick and choose what I actually needed.
What I did not need: 5 outfits, 18 different toys, 31 bottles, 7 jars of baby food, 2 wipe containers, and half their toys.
Now, especially during the holidays, when you are running from store to store to buy presents and food for parties, or when you are going from one family member’s house to another, you want to make sure you are covered, but, you don’t want to carry a suit case with you.
From a mom who has been there, here’s what I would pack:
- Start with the diaper bag. Make sure it is big enough to comfortably carry everything you need, but not the size of a suit case. Remember, you have to carry the baby and your other things, don’t get weighed down more than you need to. Bags with pockets are great. They help you have quick access to certain things. The things you use most, have them in easy reach. The type of bag changes as the kids grown out of a stage. By the time my kids were around 2, I was using things that resembled backpacks or even just large purses. So, don’t invest in an expensive bag unless you are hoping to use it through more than one child or you like to resell.
- Food: Ok, no matter what age child you have, food is important. It works for hungry babies or don’t understand it’s not a scheduled food time; it works for cranky toddlers, and it works to distract a 3 year old when you are stuck in traffic, in the store, or at a family member’s house. The type of food you take, obviously, depends on the age of the child. If you have a bottle fed baby, think realistically how many bottles you need. I used to pack 2 bottles of water, and premeasured formula. For parent’s who use prepared water, instead of adding the water to each bottle, pack one large bottle of prepared water. I always tried to not pack baby food if I could avoid it. If I had to, I liked to use the pouches. They use less room and they make less of a mess.
- Clothes: I always had an extra outfit for older kids. For younger babies, I always packed 2 outfits and lots of bibs, especially if they were spitters. I was never one to pack too many extra clothes. I know some moms who packed 4 outfits sometimes. In those cases, it would only be if we were traveling far from home.
- Toys and special items: Kids need things to distract them, but their own toys always help them have a sense of familiarity. As kids get bored they can start to cry or start to misbehave. toys, books and special animals or blankets give kids something to entertain them while you are finishing the things you need to do. But don’t over do it. Try to limit the toys to special things. Don’t pack the whole toy box.
- Diapers: Of course, you need diapers. Make sure that the diapers are good ones. I don’t mean the most expensive you can find. You want to make sure that the diapers provide excellent Leakguard protection. Without that, you will need a lot of extra clothes, extra diapers and extra wipes. It makes the diaper extra big. Luvs provide excellent protection and at a great price. Softer and more absorbent than ever before, Luvs is the official diaper of experienced parents. Luvs even offers a money-back guarantee.
I relate to that video so much. I laughed the first time I saw it. That was me. Everything I could think of needed to come with us.
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