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I remember buying my first diaper bag when I was pregnant with Bennett. I was so excited to have such an adorable diaper bag to carry around, but I had no idea what (besides diapers and wipes) to put inside it. There were a few obvious items that I figured I would need to pack in there, but it wasn’t until I had several experiences of being out and about with our son that I realized what REALLY needed to be in there. Today I want to share with you some of the useful items that I always had (and still have) in my diaper bag, including our diaper of choice. Our favorite diapers have been the Huggies Little Snugglers Plus and now that Bennett is older, we love the Huggies Little Movers Plus. We have always purchased these diapers from Costco to save the most money.
Diapers and Wipes-This is obviously a given for any diaper bag, but I want to point out that we always pack Huggies brand diapers. After trying several other diaper brands out there, these worked the best for us. The Huggies diapers that we use now for Bennett (he’s 16 months old) are the Huggies Little Movers Plus and when he was a newborn we always used the Huggies Little Snugglers Plus. Both of these diapers have 12 hour leak lock protection, they’re the most absorbent (thats what the plus means) and they are only available at Costco. When Bennett was younger, my favorite part about the Huggies Little Snugglers were the indicator line on the front of the diapers. Now that Bennett is older and walking, we need a diaper that won’t leak with all that moving around. Whether your little one is crawling or walking, the Huggies Little Movers Plus are are perfect for babies on the go!
Toys that stick– It seems obvious that you would want to pack some toys in your diaper bag to keep your little one entertained, but we learned very quickly that Bennett would drop any of the toys we tried to give him onto the floor. Our solution was finding toys that would suction to the table. We found a few toys that were great for taking out to eat with us, including this suction cup toy.
Disposable Changing table covers-Changing your baby on a public changing table in a retail store or restaurant can be an unsanitary experience. I’m not sure how often those fold out tables get cleaned, but I always cringed a little bit every time I had to lay Bennett down on one. When Bennett was a newborn, I bought disposable changing covers to use on those tables. Sometimes a store or restaurant would actually have disposable covers inside their changing table, , but most of the time they were empty. I always like to play it safe and have my own disposable covers on hand. These were also easy, because I could just throw them away afterwards.
Diaper Cream-This one is pretty self-explanatory, but I like to find diaper cream that comes in a small convenient travel tube. Another option that I haven’t tried yet would the aerosol diaper rash sprays that are available (Wresting a child on a public changing table, while getting diaper cream all over is never an easy task!)
Sticky placements -These are awesome to have every time we go out to eat. The sticky placemat creates a clean eating and playing surface for your child while you are out in a public place. We started out using the disposable sticky placemats, but eventually changed over to the reusable silicone mats instead. The disposable ones are great, because you can just throw them away when you’re done, but they were sometimes a pain to use. The silicone mats helped us save money and most importantly, helped save the environment.
Bibs-Bring several! Early on, we would pack a lot of cotton bibs to combat both drooling and to use during feeding time. After Bennett no longer needed them for drooling, we started to pack one silicone bib that we could wash and reuse.
A change of clothes– You never know when your child is going to wet themselves, spill on themselves etc., so its always a good idea to pack a spare set of clothes.
Snacks– Having snacks on hand for snack time seems pretty obvious, but we also used snacks as a way to keep Bennett occupied while dining out. Having something simple like baby puffs allows you to enjoy our own food for a few minutes when you are at a restaurant. We ALWAYS have some kind of puffs in our diaper bag.
Pacifier/Bottle wipes- Early on, I felt like Bennett was always dropping a pacifier, bottle or sippy cup while we were out in public. It was nice to have these wipes on hand when he did. It made it so much easier to pull out one of these wipes when soap and water weren’t available.
A Music Maker– As I mentioned in a previous post, we love this music maker. It was great to have in the grocery store or to give him in his carseat. I recommend packing something in your diaper bag that makes music, has lights and is small and compact so its easy to travel with.
As a first-time mom, I learned a lot in the past year about taking care of a baby. No one really prepares you for how challenging it can be to take your baby out in public with you, whether you are running errands or going out to eat. It always took me forever to leave the house, because I had to remember to pack everything in my diaper bag. It made my a life a whole lot easier once I kept my diaper bag stocked with these essentials. Changing your baby out in public can be challenging at times as well, so it was nice to know that I could always trust Bennett’s diapers not to leak and to hold up while we were out and about. Huggies Little Movers Plus will always be our brand of choice and its nice to know we can get them for such a great deal at Costco. Now through 9/25, you can get Little Snugglers Plus (Sizes 1 & 2) for only $31.49 (originally $37.49) and Little Movers Plus (Size 3, 4, 5, & 6) for $36.99 (originally $42.99) along with free shipping. Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn for only $29.99 available in select warehouses and online at Costco.com. Huggies Little Movers Plus and Huggies Little Snugglers Plus can be found in the Pharmacy section of the store (see picture below) near all the other baby products. For all you seasoned moms out there, are there any other go-to essentials that you like to keep stocked in your diaper bag? I’d love to hear your advice!