excited to share a blog post today all about what is in my diaper bag and what else i never leave the apartment without whenever i have all 5 kids in tow! it’s been a few years since i’ve packed a full diaper bag to bring out with us since we graduated from that stage a while ago with conrad and i was able to get by when we were out with hardly any prepped items beyond wipes. never leave home without wipes! even when i’m heading out on my own now, i’ll keep them in my bag. ha! those always seem to come in handy.
anyway, i feel like i’ve had good practice over the past 7 and a half years as to what is truly essential when it comes to packing a diaper bag and don’t carry around anything unless i absolutely need it! of course that will vary from one mama to the next and also depending on where you live and how you go out, etc etc. what i bring with me each day varies on the activities planned, the number of hours we’ll be out and the season. there are days where we don’t have a set itinerary for the day, so i pack as best i can for whatever the day may hold. since we live in the city, the bottom of our stroller and the diaper bag play the beloved role of being home base to us whenever we are out and about since we don’t own a car which can often be helpful for holding extra items. but fortunately in the city, if we do run out of something, there are places around to snag additional items we might run out of and need in an emergency.
a detailed list of all my diaper bag essentials below, in partnership with seventh generation!
we recently got little battery operated fans for the stroller bassinets to help keep the baby girls cool when we are out. in my next life, can someone push me around my favorite city all day long with a fan blowing a cool breeze on me?!
bubbles!!!! keeping a few bottles of bubbles in the bottom of the stroller is winning me a lot of “fun mama” awards with my three older kids. it’s amazing how they never tire of blowing bubbles whenever we are out! i don’t keep them in my actual diaper bag to minimize the risk of soapy bubble water everywhere (can you imagine?! i feel like that may have happened a few years ago to me and i’ve done everything i can to block the memory. ha!)
ok, let’s get to the list of diaper bag essentials:
obviously with beatrice and madalena being only 2 months old, i am going through a lot of diapers and wipes at the moment. my rule of thumb is however many diapers i think i might need for the two of them for an outing, take those and then take 4 more to be safe. we have been using seventh generation diapers since the first few days at the hospital with our twin girls. i like these diapers because they don’t have any fragrances, lotions or chlorine bleaching in them. we go through so many diapers these days, it’s a major plus that seventh generation has always stayed away from ingredients they don’t think are best for baby’s skin. (also, how cute are the designs and prints on the outside of each diaper?!)
in addition to diapers that i mentioned above, i always pack seventh generation free and clear baby wipes, diaper cream, a swaddle blanket and extra onesie for each baby. i also have a lightweight leather changing pad that folds up super tiny which i keep in my bag as well.
i have my personal essentials for any outing, like my small wallet, sunglasses, lip balm or lipstick and phone (hopefully fully charged!).
i jam pack several small containers of hand sanitizer into random pockets of my diaper bag as well as my stroller because it’s my biggest nightmare to think of running out of that stuff as we trek around the city and my kids literally touch everything!
we also never leave home without our tiny first aid kit. for cuts and scrapes, there are bandages and a small tube of antibiotic ointment. something for bites is great. i also try to keep some cash on hand, because i often forget to keep cash in my own wallet so it’s nice to have a little there for emergencies. i also keep some chapstick and a small stick of sunscreen in there for the kids. and then a few tiny activities like crayons and origami paper/scrap paper, a couple little figurines and those plastic bubbles for moments where we might need something to do (think at a restaurant table or on a crowded train if we’re growing restless.) this next one might sound silly, but when my kids are tiny, i carry around their yellow cards which we bring to their pediatrician appointments because i had a girlfriend who once ended up in the emergency room with her little one during an outing and it saved a considerable amount of crucial time being able to pull that out and hand it over to the nurses since it has a record of all their shots, immunizations, etc. it just helps me feel a little more prepared when i feel rather chaotic in my head sometimes so i like having those on hand.
in addition to packing some snacks like almonds or fruit in containers where it won’t get crushed in my bag, we carry a ginormous insulated canteen full of water (or two). i know some of our friends like poking fun when they see our crazy huge water canteen (it’s ok, i make fun of it, too!), but that thing keeps our water ice cold all day and between 3 kids and one very thirsty nursing mama, i like the idea of never ever running out of water and not having to buy a ton of plastic bottles of water. ;)
in the bottom of our stroller, we have a fold up picnic blanket we pack on occasion. there is usually some side-walk chalk, bubbles, a frisbee or soccer ball packed in the base of the stroller as well. in the summer, we’ll have a big thing of sunscreen, some sun hats and all the splash pad gear down there, too. in nyc, you never know when you might stop by a playground with some fun water features!!!
that pretty much sums up what i bring out in my diaper bag and stroller each day at the moment! if there is anything you have found helpful to carry with you for your kiddos, please let us all know in the comments! i especially love hearing about new fun activities that are small and light weight enough to pack and bring with you each day for your toddlers and older kiddos. always on the look out to add to our list of portable activities or games.
thank you so much to seventh generation for sponsoring this blog post.