Making sure you pack your diaper bag is the most important thing you have to do to get out the door when you have kids. And not realizing that you left something at home can be detrimental when you realize you don’t have it.
I have done this plenty of times!
One of the most embarrassing times was when I was at my in-law’s house and my kiddo had a blow-out. I went to change his clothes when I realized I didn’t pack a change of clothes. Yeah, everyone was shocked just as much as I was.
Having a change of clothes is something you obviously need in your diaper bag. And forgetting it was a rookie mistake.
But I have learned since then!
There are the obvious things that you need in your diaper bag (diapers, wipes, a change of clothes) and the not so obvious things (keep reading to find out).
Why you need to repack your diaper bag
Besides when it gets tipped over (or pulled all out by your little guy), repacking your diaper bag can be a therapeutic thing.
Like a purse, you throw everything into your diaper bag just to get it out of your hand. Then after a while, it gets crowded with receipts and empty candy wrappers.
When you repack your diaper bag you get to pull out all of the clutter and all of those crumbs from the snacks and put things back in your bag that you actually need.
And things change when your little one gets older so you need to repack your diaper bag so that you can take out the now outgrown things and put new things in.
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3 things that are essential to repack in your diaper bag
To be completely honest with you, I didn’t think I would want to spend $10 on a little piece of plastic (that I was pretty sure I would lose) but my friend convinced me to give it a try, and I’m glad she did! This is one of the best things I have ever had for those baby boogers. I would definitely add them to the list of things essentials for baby.
This little piece of plastic is a lifesaver! I don’t know how many times I have felt like I am drowning my kid trying to spray saline solution up his nose. Or how awful I felt when I gave my squirmy kid a bloody nose trying to use a booger sucker (yes that really happened and yes we both cried).
This wonderful little thing will scoop that little booger out (you know the one, that’s almost hanging out, that you want to try and get out with your fingernail) and you won’t have to worry about it blocking your baby’s (or toddlers) nose.
It says you can use it to clean out babies ears too but I haven’t tried that yet. If you try it to clean their little ears out let me know how it works.
I know we have all heard and tried of the Tide Stain Remover Pen but it never occurred to me to have it in my diaper bag. So I don’t want you to miss out as long as I did.
I could have used this for all of those spit-up stains (on me) from when my baby was younger that would have been fixed before I could wash them. Now I use them for the food stains that my little guy likes to make sure I have, after every meal.
I know you’re thinking, “Ashley you could’ve just packed an extra shirt for yourself!” But I wasn’t ever a big fan of packing another shirt for me in the diaper bag. I was already low on space (because of all the things that you have to take in your diaper bag) so I didn’t want to take up more space in an already overflowing bag.
Now with the Tide Stain Remover Pen I don’t have to worry about it taking up to much space.
Now I don’t have to worry any of that and you shouldn’t have to either. Don’t forget to add these to your diaper bag.
If this is the only thing you put in your diaper bag from my list this would be it!
I didn’t even think about adding Ziploc bags to my diaper bag until my Jman was almost one. I wish I would have had these in my bag when he was having blowouts on a regular basis.
Ziploc bags didn’t even become a thing for my diaper bag until I took my little guy on an airplane and I was given the advice to bring a Ziploc bag in case he poops (you don’t want the whole plane to smell like your baby’s poop).
You can use that same logic (the not-wanting-spaces-to-smell-like-your-baby’s-poop logic) for everyday places. Like when Jman poops at church and I don’t want the whole bathroom to smell. Or when we are on a road trip and we have to pull over in the middle of nowhere to change his stinky pants.
I will also use it for when his sippy cups start to leak and I don’t want it to get everything all wet. And also for the opposite when I don’t want something to get yet when we are at the lake.
You never know when you are going to need Ziploc bags so they are a definite need to pack in your diaper bag, it’s the ultimate diaper bag essentials!
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