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Tips for Packing your Diaper Bag

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1. Pack the essentials first

Start with the obvious items (it's called a diaper bag for a reason!). Diapers - enough to get you through the whole day, even if you're only going out for an hour or two. Wipes - a full package. You can never be too prepared with wipes. Soothing item - pacifier, blanket, stuffy - whatever your child needs to soothe. 


2. Add food and drink

Depending on the age of your child, add bottles, a nursing cover, puree pouches, crackers, or health bars to hold them over for a few hours. If you're packing for a newborn and are bottle feeding, be sure to pack extra formula and a spare bottle in case you're out longer than expected. Running out a food for a newborn is not a fun experience for anyone!

Don't forget to pack a snack for yourself. Even a small cereal bar or an apple will suffice if you're starving! 


3. Spare clothing

For any child under the age of 7, a spare change of clothing is always a good idea. You never know how or when their outfit will be soiled. Think about adding a spare shirt for yourself as well. When those unexpected messes happen, usually the parent doesn't get out of it clean! :)


4. Don't forget the entertainment 

Throw in a teething toy or rings for a child under 9 months. For children ages 1-3 the options expand. A coloring book with crayons is always popular. A slim book or a busy wallet work great too! Magazine or tablet for yourself. 


5. Seasonal items

Spring/Summer - sunscreen and more sunscreen! Add and hat and swimsuit (plus swim diapers!) and you're all set. Fall/Winter - tissues for the running noses, and an umbrella. 


6. Parent essentials

Now that your kids a fully packed don't forget to pack your essentials. Wallet, cell phone, keys, chap-stick or lip gloss, and anything else needed to get through the day. Espresso shot? :)


Want to take your organization to the next level? Throw in an organizer like ToteSavvy. You can even toss this sweet insert into a regular tote bag, turning it into a fully functional diaper bag. 



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