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After having three kids, I think it’s safe to say that I have nailed down my diaper bag essentials. I was a bit carried away after our first baby and I basically packed a suitcase whenever we managed to actually leave the house, which was few and far between. For whatever reason, I deemed it necessary to bring the entire house with us to make sure we have EVERYTHING we would need. I look back at my past self and laugh because it really was completely ridiculous. I have narrowed down my list significantly now and my bag is a lot lighter because of that 😉 In today’s blog post, I talk about my essentials that I bring with me everywhere we go!
First step is choosing a diaper bag that you know will be efficient, last through wear and tear and be spacious enough for everything you need. When Lily Jade reached out to collaborate, I was so excited to try out their Shaylee bag because it converts from a messenger bag to a backpack in just seconds. I also just love this cognac color because it goes with everything! It even has this inside organizer that comes out from the bag separately and contains a changing pad as well. The more pockets the better, in my opinion! I love being organized and all the separate compartments allow my OCD to run wild 😉
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Diapers and wipes are a given. Right now we need diapers for both Ellie and Miles, so I bring a few of each for both of them. I also throw in a pair of extra underwear for Olivia in case she needs them. Along with the baby wipes, I also pack antibacterial wipes because those always come in handy when wiping down tables, high chairs, cleaning hands, etc. The bag already contains a changing mat, so need to worry about that! I also pack burping cloths (great for burping, but also to clean up messes too)! My favorite ones are these here but I also stocked up on good ole’ cloth diapers because they work perfectly as burping cloths, cleaning messes, etc!
I love having some activities to whip out of my bag if we need them at a restaurant or in the car, so I always have little sticker books, mini coloring books and a few crayons on hand! I typically love for my kids to be creative with whatever is around them rather than using anything electronic. I always carry a few snacks in case we need those as well. Granola bars, chex mix, or some raisins always work well!Lastly, a change of clothes for each child. You NEVER know what will happen when you leave the house so I always bring a change of clothes for everyone. For Miles, I bring two or three since blow outs and spit up happen so frequently right now!
Tell me what you pack in your diaper bag! Are there any items that are MUST HAVES for you?