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Baby Essentials: 8 Diaper Bag Must Haves

Being with a baby means being very organized, but keeping little ones clean, fed and entertained can be especially tricky when you’re on the move. A well-stocked diaper bag can help put your mind at ease, by ensuring that you have the tools you need to keep your baby comfortable and happy, wherever you are.

Here are some diaper bag must haves from Disney Baby, so you have one less thing to worry about on your way out the door.

8 Diaper Bag Must Haves

1. Diapers, of course!

This may seem like a no-brainer but it has happened to me before – you didn’t pack enough diapers. Make sure to keep plenty of diapers on hand. Bring one for every hour you’ll be out, plus one or two more – you just never know when you’ll need extras.

2. Baby Wipes

Baby wipes are a diaper bag essential. Keep a travel size pack of wipes or keep some in a plastic storage bag. Baby wipes have many uses – they keep baby clean after changing diapers, keep your hands clean and can be used for wiping down sticky fingers and faces, dirty surfaces and changing pads as well.

3. Changing Pad

Many diaper bags, including this Mickey Mouse one, come with changing pads inside. Changing pads make dealing with diapers a clean and comfortable experience wherever you are changing your baby. Yes I’ve changed baby many times in the back of my van or at the park! You can’t count on a changing table and even public ones, you still want to use our own changing pad.

4. Diaper Rash Cream 

Pack diaper rash cream in your diaper bag. You never know when diaper rash could develop, and you don’t want your baby to be uncomfortable when you’re nowhere near home. Diaper rash cream makes the diaper bag must haves list!

5. Extra clothing

No matter how prepared you are, accidents can happen – especially leaks or when baby spits ups. Having an extra change of clothing is necessary. Disney Baby has plenty of adorable Layette sets, available at all major retail locations – check out these super cute body suits for inspiration! They will fit neatly in your bag, so your baby can stay stylish, even on the run.

6. Snacks

If your baby is bottle feeding, keep some milk ready at hand in these cute Mickey bottles. If your baby is older, take some snacks in a reusable container and fill a learner cup with water. Don’t forget to pack a snack for yourself too!

7. Carry creature comforts

If you use a soother, be sure to pack some pacifiers to help keep your baby calm. My eldest sucked his thumb and my younger didn’t take to either! Blankets, like these Peek-a-Boo Pooh ones, are also great to have on hand. Use them as burp cloths, for mopping up messes or just to keep your little one cozy and warm.

8. Toys

Keep baby occupied while you’re out and about with board books, rattles and other soft toys. There were many times when a few toys were lifesavers when my kids were little – especially when waiting at the doctor’s office.

Disney Baby has a great selection of diaper bags to choose from, featuring all of your favourite characters: Mickey and Minnie, Winnie the Pooh – even Tinkerbell. You can also get special Huggies® diapers that feature adorable Disney designs!

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Mom On The Move: Simplifying and Learning One Kid at a Time!

by Amanda DeGrace

I have a confession. I like purses, bags and all things pretty. Well… and functional. Diaper bags are one thing we are not short on in our household, but over the past three years I think I have gotten it down to a pretty short list of our faves and can pack a diaper bag quickly with a babe attached to the breast and a toddler driving cars around and through my legs. Some of our diaper bags have gone to live with other mamas as they weren’t getting love anymore at our house, but we have kept our trusty Petunia Pickle Bottom, Baby Mel, a MEC backpack and my favourite Lululemon bag.

I remember when I was pregnant with my first I packed up the diaper bag with everything I thought I would need before my son was even born. I was excited to use all the new products and gadgets we had purchased. My diaper bag was stuffed full to the brim and sometimes there was not even room for my wallet. I was the mom who brought a hundred diapers, unlimited wipes, hand sanitizer, Tylenol, bandaids, three extra changes of clothes, a million toys and the kitchen sink for a two-hour playgroup. I felt prepared and confident, so I continued with this routine.

Then I had my second baby. People say things change when you have a second baby and I didn’t understand until I had my sweet daughter. I needed things to be streamlined, easy to prepare and to be hands-free at all times to now chase after a 20-month-old while holding a squishy newborn. The diaper bag quickly changed to a place where only the essentials were placed. I wanted to be able to grab everything I needed in a few minutes and be out the door. Over the past 18 months these essentials have stayed the same. Packing my diaper bag is now about ease and I am able to do it quickly so I can do what is really important- playing and snuggling with my children who are growing too quickly.

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Here are the staples that we grab each time we leave the house, whether it is for two hours or a full day:

1. Wipes.

I always, always, ALWAYS, fill the travel container back up before packing it. I should really buy stock in these things. Not only do I use them for diaper changes but also for my potty training toddler, to wipe hands and faces after sticky ice cream goodness, to clean the dust and coffee stains out of my car and to get all the sand out of little toes before getting back into my new van.

 2. Change of clothes.

Accidents happen, spills happen, pee and poop happen and you never know when it will all occur. I just pray that they don’t all happen at once! I used to bring multiple clothing changes, but I have learned that if my kids dirty their extra set of clothes that there is no shame in letting them parade around in just a diaper, whether it is under a snow suit or in the sun and sand.

3. Diapers.

Thankfully we are out of the newborn, poop every two minutes and possibly have a “full on blow out and up the back” stage. With just one toddler in diapers now I am usually safe to bring two diapers for a small outing and 4-5 for a full day. Huggies Snug and Dry diapers are what you can find most in our bag these days. We also cloth diaper and I have toyed with other disposable brands. Other disposable brands always bring us huge leaks (more clothing changes needed!) or diaper rash issues.

 4. Water Bottles.

The kids are always thirsty and wanting to drink from mine so I pack each of theirs and know that they always have a drink at hand.  Bonus that mine no longer has my lovely children’s goldfish cracker backwash.

So what do you carry in your diaper bag? Do you empty it after each outing or just keep adding to it as needed? Do you bring along just the essentials or like to bring a few extras “just in case” too?

 

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Huggies® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Huggies®.

 

amanda degraceAmanda DeGrace is a mom of two, avid yogi, entrepreneur, lover of life and always on the go! Amanda founded her company DeGrace Energetics almost 15 years ago and Little Lotus Yoga in 2004. Follow Amanda on Twitter and Facebook.