31 Things You May Want To Keep In Your Diaper Bag
These parent-approved products might keep your diaper bag from being a dud.
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1. A changing pad with a clever little cone of....fun (it has a toy attached!) for keeping your baby's hands away from their dirty diaper while being changed. This packs flat for easy diaper-bag storage.
2. A squirting spoon with a squeezable silicone pouch that'll make feeding your baby pureed meals cleaner and easier when you're out and about.
3. A linen sling – it's gonna take up almost no space in your bag, but be super useful when going out with your kiddo is more than a handful.
4. A tube of gum cooling gel sure to ease your teether's toofs (and hopefully screams) when those dang pearly whites are causing aches and pains.
5. A tin of colorful bandages, because having some cute "stickers" to chose from just might convince your kiddo that their scrape isn't actually all that bad.
6. A muslin blanket designed to be a comfort object for your own imaginative superhero/knight/firefighter/pirate child. The durable fabric is lightweight (making it easy to bring along in your diaper bag) and gets softer with each wash, keeping it a cozy and comfortable piece to snuggle up with at the end of an adventurous day.
7. A suction placemat for making sure your kid's food stays in one place when you eat out. Plus, it guarantees you know their table is clean.
8. A nasal aspirator you are ~snot~ gonna wanna leave the house without. Boogers are a bummer when you don't have a solution at-the-ready.
9. An attachable dirty diaper sack dispenser with 24 bags you can toss your dirty diapers in when there isn't a convenient trash nearby.
10. A calming baby lip balm rich with a formula filled with seven botanical oils that'll soothe baby's lips and dry skin around their mouth. It has an easy-glide texture and a large design that'll make applying this simple and soothing on your littlest sweetheart.
12. And a pack of socks because somehow, inevitably, no matter how tight you tie their shoes, the escape artist you're raising is sure to find a way out of those shoes in an attempt to pull off their socks. What do babies have against socks? We may never know. But good to have an extra set hanging around just in case.
14. A silicone teether sure to soothe breast-fed babes when nursing is a habit you're trying to ~nip~ in the bud.
15. Some fragrance-free baby wipes made of 99.9% water — you can use these for everything from your baby's bottom, to removing your own makeup. They're that safe!
16. A pack of toy straps that'll prevent your mini football player from tossing their pacifiers and toys from a stroller or car seat.
17. An SPF 50 mineral sunscreen best to have in your bag at all times, because forgetting sunscreen on a sunny day out could be a mistake ~burned~ in your memory forever (particularly if your kid's skin is as prone to sunburns as my own useless self).
18. A pack of six reusable sandwich bags — an eco-friendly, washable option that'll make packing your snacks far more efficient.
19. A travel thermometer – a discrete and easy way to check your kiddo's temperature when away from home. It's also pretty dang useful *sigh* these days when you need to show their temperature at restaurants, school, etc.
20. A bag of strawberry peanuts that'll satisfy all your own PB&J cravings, whether you're trying out a low carb life or simply want a protein-filled snack that is *ridiculously* delicious. Parents need snacks too!
21. A WubbaNub, the modern day baby must-have, sure to have your frustrated infant thinking, "Moooove over parental unit, I just want my toy!" Which in turn, should stop their crying. Thanks, weird cow toy.
22. A pair of fingernail clippers — a parent's multi-use tool that'll cut straws, loose threads, and that you can actually keep on planes. Plus this set comes with a magnifier, so you can see your baby's nail beds close up!
23. A pack of post-partum herbal pads – they're gonna help relieve pain and discomfort right after having your baby. These have wings, so they're easy to keep in place. They're made with a soothing mix of mint, lavender, and aloe that's gonna prevent odor-causing bacteria buildup and help you feel more comfortable.
24. An adjustable, silicone pocket bib you can toss in your bag, and then on your kiddo, before they toss their lunch all over their brand spankin' new sweater.
25. A diaper cream applicator for keeping your fingers from getting greasy when you have some rather ~crappy~ business to attend to.
26. An alcohol-free hand sanitizer that'll foam when you pump it out, making sanitizing their hands way more fun when all your kiddo wants to do is...get their hands on everything. The produce section never stood a chance.
27. A beeswax diaper balm made for sensitive skin. Use this the next time your little one has a rash and you'll get why reviewers think this is the bees knees!
28. A three-pack of muslin burp cloths in calming neutral colors. These are machine washable and sized to make storage simple! Because, burp cloths? You're gonna want 'em.
29. A travel-sized antiseptic and pain relief spray that'll work fast and make a big difference, preventing a bad fall from turning into a bad day.
30. A bug bite suction tool to remove bits of insect saliva and other irritants after a bug bite, to keep your kid from scratching their skin off after a mosquito finds its way into your campsite.
31. And finally (obviously) diapers — the general rule of thumb is having one diaper for every two hours you're out. Unless you like to live life on the edge, it's probably a good idea to take this parenting tip to heart.
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