My diaper bag has taken on many forms over the last year and a half. It was first used to carry all my nursing supplies (extra booby pads, anyone?) while I was nursing, and then it transformed to a formula and bottle bag (with all the extra goodies thrown in). Now, we are done with the formula, and the boobies, but we still carry the diaper bag. I actually wrote a non-sponsored blog post about my perfect diaper bag that you can read if you’re in the market for an infant thru toddler one (and yes, I wrote it out of pure admiration and affection with no compensation because I truly loved it!).
As amazing as my diaper bag was, I left a sippy cup full of apple juice in it, turned upside down, and it leaked all into my diaper bag. It was soaked into the material. For an entire two days, it sat in my car, soaking and fermenting in its apple juice yuck and funk. I haven’t really been driving anywhere this summer because we have a lot of fun at the house. But it came time to run some errands….so, I opened the car door…and could not believe what I found. I mean, I could, because I have the worst #MOMBRAIN there ever was. And at some point, I must have put the cup in my bag without thinking. But there was no saving it. Just…no. SO, I had to throw it out, and get a new one.
My new one is from JJ Cole,and while I love the print and the changing pad, there’s much left to be desired when compared to my Fisher-Price bag. Regardless, I wanted to share my list of things I’m keeping in my toddler diaper bag to help keep you on track with what you might need to pack in yours. This list of essentials is for a Pre-potty trained toddler. I promise to write an updated post once Jax is potty trained because that is yet another transformation my bag will take!
Unless you are already in the potty training phase (I’ve heard of some moms mastering this with their little one by 18 months!) We try to keep about six in our bag at all times, but if we are running low on diapers, we can usually skate by with four while we’re out. I wouldn’t pack less than that though! I’ve tried to run an errand with just two or three on hand, and always end up purchasing a pack while we’re out because of a spell of easy diapers I wasn’t expecting!
Whether you’re potty training or not, you’ll need these for sticky fingers, shopping cart handles, or restaurant high chairs to wipe down before use, and clean after use.
|3| Diaper cream
Here’s my favorite. It’s easy to clean off the skin, especially when there’s already a really sensitive rash, and goes on like clay. Easy to put on, easy to take off. There’s nothing I hate more than trying to clean a messy diaper and having to work really hard on already-sensitive-skin to remove the diaper cream that’s stuck to the bum :(. Your toddler’s bum will thank you!
|4| Hand sanitizer
Can you tell I’m thinking about this as I’m writing it? Haha. I love the ones that cling to your bag handle on a loop. I usually pick those up at Target or Kroger while checking out. I always try to wash our hands while we are out, but they are some instances where you can’t clean your hands in a really dirty public restroom, and hand sanitizer saves the day!
|5| Zip-Loc bags
I keep these in my bag for the messy diapers. My toddler has the wonderful finesse of choosing to go while we are in dressing rooms, public restaurants, and our friend’s house (who have no kids!). They’ve absolutely come in handy, and I really praised myself for thinking of that one the first time I used them in public. I’m probably not the first one to come up with that, but I can still give myself a good pat on the back!
Everyone else will thank you too, especially those who don’t have kids. People don’t want to deal with anyone else’s poop, believe it or not.
|6| Extra Clothes
This just makes sense. Kids are messy. Even when they seem like they are pretty good at table eating, and hardly ever have diaper explosions. For us, we have 1 shirt, 1 pair of shorts, and sometimes a pair of socks. Because it’s summertime, Jax has been sporting his sandals, so we have no use for socks!
|7| Board Book
Good for teething, reading, and distraction! These have come in handy when my still-rear-facing guy is cranky driving the 45 minutes to his grandparent’s house and while we are out to eat. Have you read the Stinky Face series? They’re our current fav!
We usually carry easy convenient foods like Gerber yogurts (these don’t need to be refrigerated), peanut butter crackers, applesauce pouches, and Nutri-grain bars. These snacks are all pretty slim, and take up minimal space in your bag. We always pack at least one spoon too.
This is currently a must have for long car rides and nap time. We’re planning on taking it away at 18 months, so this is only a temporary diaper bag must-have.
|10| Sippy Cup
Jax loves his Miracle 360 Trainer Cup from Munchkin! It took him some time to learn he could drink from it, but now at 16 months old, he has figured it out and loves it. It can be thrown, dropped, or tilted upside down, without spilling a drop. It fits really well in the side pocket of my bag and completely eliminates the whole apple juice spilling in your diaper bag and ruining it completely, rendering you from carrying your favorite one around because they only sell it online and would take an entire week to get to you.
I’m done, rant over. Still pretty bitter about it. But, I think if I had used the Miracle 360 Trainer Cup in the first place, I’d still have my amazing diaper bag!
|11| Phone Charger
AKA Lifeline. Can’t leave the house without it! If I ever get caught up somewhere, I want to make sure I have my charger so my phone doesn’t die in case of an emergency.
My advice to you when packing your toddler bag is to be fully aware of Murphy’s Rule of Packing That Toddler Bag: You’ll never use what you pack enough of, and you’ll always run out of what you thought you wouldn’t need.
What’s in your toddler bag? Tell me in the comments below!