Another round of the One Year and Beyond Series. I'm so excited to be back with these lovely ladies and to hear what they have to say. Click here to find links to all of my previous topics (scroll to the bottom). This series first topic is: What are your favorite diaper bag* essentials?
*this is actually the exact diaper bag my In-Laws got me when I was pregnant with Baby Fox, best birthday gift and totally unexpected (at the time I didn't even know Coach had diaper bags)
I guess I'll do it in list format, here it goes (wait.... first, Baby Fox is fully potty trained, I'll talk about that later)
Diapers - Duh. We like to have both the regular ones and I almost always have 1 over night diaper, just in case we're late coming home and want to get the kids ready for bed.
Clothes - I try to have at least one onesie for Mini Fox and an extra pair of underwear and shorts/pants for Baby Fox (I don't need this any more, but when we were first potty training, I would have 2 pairs of everything for him, super annoying. If we went through both extra pairs, it meant we had to go home, lucky it never happened)
Snacks - My kids aren't really snackers, but depending on where we go, I'll have some cherries or raisins in a baggie. Baby Fox thinks he's hot stuff when he has a baggie. Note: When we introduced the snack cup to Baby Fox, he did not get it! At all...so we gave up and now that he's 3.5 he totally gets it...haha.
Wipes - A must and multipurpose thing.
Hand Sanitizer - For those times that we don't have a bathroom nearby.
Camera - I try to use my point and shoot camera. This is the one I have, and LOVE! It takes quick pictures and you can adjust the setting like a DSLR, but it's the size of a point and shoot. Love it.
Water Bottles - For both me and the kids. If Baby Fox sees my water, he immediately wants one to, so I've just learned to bring his own. This is similar to the one we have:
Before Mini Fox came, it got the point where I actually got to carry around a big purse. I would throw my water bottle, his water bottle, 1 diaper, a small pack of wipes, my phone, wallet and camera and I would be out the door, it was awesome.
I think that less is better. Most of the toys they play with are in the car, so I hardly ever put them in the diaper bag, if they want something then we grab something from the car. Yes, it makes my car messy. I pick my battles :)
What's in your diaper bag?
Now with two kids, for about 2.5 months I had to have two size diapers, that was annoying, but I would put one size diaper on the inside pocket of one side of the diaper bag, and the other size in the other side.
Mini Fox needs a pacifier, so I try to have one of those in the diaper bag too, but I feel pacifiers are like lost socks in the dryer, you'll have 10 one day and the very next day you're down to 1, where do they all go?!
Side Story: When we took Baby Fox to his very first doctors appointment (you know a day or two after going home from the hospital) I totally forgot the diaper bag. It just didn't occur to me to bring it, and of course we get there and they tell us to take off his clothes and we realize he's pooped...we have no diaper bag and no wipes! Luckily the doctors office had a REALLY big diaper and some wipes we could use, and at the time he had just been circumcised and we needed to do the whole Vaseline/gauze thing and of course that stuff was in the diaper bag...at home. The nurse had some gauze and I happened to have some Vaseline in my purse that I like to use instead of chapstick. It all worked out in the end, but I was kicking myself for not remembering...
What are your favorite toddler diaper bag essentials? Check out the other mama's blogs for even more ideas! And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this.
Oct 2: Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials
Oct 9: Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16: Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23: Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30: Sick Day Tips
Nov 6: How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13: Favorite Toddler Outings