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