The Perfectly Packed Diaper Bag

We all kick ourselves when we realize suddenly that we have diapers, but no wipes, or forgot our wallet in the other diaper bag/purse and we’re trying to pay for groceries. (Yes, I’ve done that.) Whatever the case, here’s a list of some basics for all of us — or maybe for our husbands or childcare providers when they’re in charge of the bag:

  • Diapers – 2-3 (or Pull-ups, extra underwear & cover)
  • Wipes – some in the diaper pad pouch and one baggie easily accessible for hands/face.
  • Camera / videocamera
  • Cell Phone
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Sunglasses
  • Paperwork: Map, Coupon, Grocery List?
  • Food! – see #2
  • Seasonal / Optional Items: Sunscreen, Mosquito Repellant, Summer/winter hats, kids’ sunglasses, Gloves, Lipstick, Bandaid & antibacterial wipe in tiny packet
  • Medications: Infant Tylenol/fever reducer, Children’s Benadryl (allergic reactions), Epi-pen Jr. or other medications if needed. If you’re on a trip. put the other kids/grown-ups’ prescriptions in it too in case your luggage gets lost.
  • Important: keep the diaper bag out of reach if it contains medications. My friend’s daughter with allergies drank an unsafe amount of benadryl out of the diaper bag in a group childcare setting. You also want to avoid having your keys disappear or your lipstick being used to decorate the furniture at a friend’s house. For me, the diaper bag is off-limits to little kids.

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