Mama Bear

What’s In My Toddler Diaper Bag

 

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I get asked all the time what I keep in my diaper bag for daily outings. Even though my daughter is potty-trained so there aren’t technically any diapers packed in there, I found some great staples that make going out with my toddler a lot easier. This covers all bases, from basic food and drink for both little and mama to entertainment for my two year old. A happy toddler makes for a happy mommy! I just recently switched over to a backpack style diaper bag and holy cow! Why did I wait so long? I have been loving my new Dokoclub Diaper Bag. I found mine on Wish.com but I’ve seen it on several websites. This bag has SO much room which is great especially for the days I have my newborn niece in tow, with tons of room for her bottles, swaddle blankets and everything else!

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For me:

Chapstick- I feel like I always need chapstick, especially this time of year! My favorite is Burt’s Bees. I’m slightly addicted to it!

Hand Sanitzer- This one is kind of obvious but I use the heck out of it on a daily basis. My little one loves washing her hands but in public restrooms, sometimes it just make a bigger mess!

Water- I usually always have a straw cup with ice water in tow with me. I drink a ton of water throughout the day but I need a straw and ice …I’m a weirdo, I know! But I always try to pack a bottle of water in my bag to either refill my own or Harlow’s cup. We can both kill some water while we are out and about!

Snacks- Packing snacks for yourself, not just your kids, is one of the biggest pieces of advice I would give any mom. Mama needs to eat, too! Some of my usual snacks are a banana, apple, banana chips or a protein bar. Now being pregnant, my go-tos are an apple and/or plain crackers.

Planner- I am an old school paper planner girl! I write everything down in my weekly calendar. I have tried to convert to the calendar on my phone and what can I say, I am a creature of habit! I use the Notes section on my phone for to-do lists, grocery lists, etc but for all things appointment and scheduling related, I use my trusty planner. I never know when I am going to have a client contact me to make an appointment, so I like to be prepared. Living about 20 minutes outside of our main “city”, I tend to use my time in the car to make phone calls (with the help of Bluetooth of course) whether its making a doctors appointment or paying a bill, keeping my planner on me just helps me feel and stay organized.

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For her:

Baby Wipes- Baby wipes are a staple regardless if your kid is potty-trained or not. I always keep some for cleaning up quick messes, dirty faces and any and everything else toddler parenthood could lead you to!

Sippy Cup- Our favorite sippy cup is the Munchkin360 spoutless cup. I always pop it into a ziplock bag to avoid any spills.

Snacks- A ziplock baggy full of snacks can go a long way when it comes to outings with toddlers. I try to keep a variety packed in case I forget to refill the next day. Applesauce pouches, peanut butter crackers, granola bars and clementines are some of her favorites.

Extra pants and underwear: Like I mention before, Harlow is potty-trained but any toddler parent will tell you, you don’t want to be without a change of clothes! You never know when an accident will strike!

Stickers- Similar to snacks, stickers have become a form of currency around here! They are a great reward (lets be honest, bribe, haha!) for small tasks or just a great way to reward them for an outing of good behavior.

Notebook and pencil for doodling- This has been an absolute lifesaver! I am constantly “working” as Harlow would say, even when we are out and about. Rather I am texting with clients and booking appointments, working on a blog post, making shopping lists for work or for home, or just jotting down thoughts, she wants to “work” too. I picked up a couple of these smaller notebooks from the dollar store and always keep one and a mechanical pencil with us! I made the mistake of giving her a pen once and it ended up all over her clothes! Mechanical pencil is less-mess and doesn’t need to be sharpened. She will doodle in that thing in the car for 15 minutes! Score!

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What are you favorite diaper bag must have? Any secret weapons you keep packed that you swear? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

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