Make sure your diaper bag is fully stocked with all the essentials.

*guest post from The Joyful Organizer

So you’ve brought home your new bundle of joy and a few weeks have passed, or maybe even a few months.  You are finally feeling like you’ve found your groove and are finally feeling like you know what you’re doing.  And then, you have to leave the house.  Leaving the house is a whole different challenge when it comes to a new baby.  Learning what to bring, how to prepare, and ways to keep it organized.  I had to learn how to make this work first hand this past year.  It took me some time to get my system in place, but now that I have, traveling with baby is easy and stress-free

The first thing you need to decide upon is what type of diaper bag you want to use.  Now, there are a lot of options out there.  You can pick just about any size, shape, or color you want.  However, it’s more important to focus on the functionality.  I was unable to find an option that I loved, so I used a small laptop bag, the Patagonia MiniMass.  This bag is designed for the office, so it has lots of compartments, both inside and out.   I also love that I can use it as a cross body bag, so it’s one less thing to hold and balance.

Here’s what I keep inside:

  • Change of clothes or pjs. If there’s an accident of any kind, I can change baby on the go.
  • Diapers
  • Wipes (you’ll use these for way more than diaper changes)
  • A toy for play
  • Extra pacifier
  • Pacifier wipes
  • Diaper sacks (similar to dog waste bags, these allow you to wrap up dirty diapers in an easy to toss later package)
  • A diaper pad (I don’t often use a traditional changing station, I simply put down a water proof pad)
  • Diaper cream
  • Bib
  • Pro tip: Leave the diaper bag in the car. This way, you can never forget it at home. I like to bring it inside once week (usually on the weekend) and I restock what I’ve used up doing the previous week.

On top of my diaper bag, I also keep a few things in the car at all times.  This prevents me from having to carry them around, but I can still have what I need when I need it. My car list is as follows:

  • Baby carrier
  • Stroller
  • Extra jacket
  • Extra toy
  • Use a small tote or bin to keep these items clean and organized in the car.

My next question was how to heat a bottle when you are not near a heating source.  I did find some heaters, but they required you to be in the car to use them.  SO, I started thinking about how to heat on the go.  I tried a few things and here’s what won: a thermos!  Seems simple right? I bought a small thermos designed for food or soup.  It is 10 ounces in size and I found it at Target.  You can find it here.  Before I leave the house, I fill the thermos with hot water.  I use my Keurig’s hot water feature and dispense 6 ounces of water.  I screw the lid on, throw it in the cooler and go.

When baby starts eating solid foods, there are whole new set of challenges.  While pouches of food are a great option, I sometimes wanted to have more options.

I took a box of oatmeal cereal and measured out single servings into OXO food containers I’d bought on Amazon.  These food containers seal tightly and keep the food fresh and there’s no spilling.  I then pour in the formula while on the go, mix and feed baby right from here.  The whole container goes in the dishwasher.  The containers fit into a tray so they stay upright and can also fit into my food cooler.  If you’re putting a lot of trays together at one time, they also stack! 

Traveling with baby requires a lot of gear.  However, knowing what to bring (and what to leave home), and how to carry it all can make life easier.  With our helpful tips, you can bring baby anywhere feeling confident that you’re prepared for every situation.

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