It is easy to spot a first-time mom by the sheer amount of baby gear she totes around. Do you really need a whole can of formula and three bottles when you’re only going to be out for a couple of hours? How many outfit changes is your baby truly going to need? I believe that simplicity is the key to happiness and when it comes to baby gear, carrying less is definitely more. For all of you mom’s out there who like to have a backup plan for your backup plan, I get it. When out with baby we all want to be fully prepared for anything, anywhere at anytime. However, you don’t need to carry a bulky diaper bag in order to make that happen. I promise there is an easier way.
1. Think Smarter, Not BIGGER
When my first son was born I too was guilty of carrying an over-stuffed, bulky and unfashionable diaper bag everywhere I went. By the time my second son came into the world, I got smarter. I created what I call a “Baby Stocking Station” in the trunk of my car that remained full of necessary baby products. In my stocking station, which was a standard trunk organizer, I kept a full package of diapers, 2 packs of wipes, 2 extra outfits, my baby carrier, a first aid kit, snacks, juice boxes, an extra bottle, bibs, throw away placemats, a few toys, sunscreen, bug-spray and just about anything else you can think of that baby “might” need while out and about. Marry Poppins taught me well 🙂 The trunk organizer made all of these things easy to see, easy to grab, and super easy to keep organized. It even had a cooler pouch to store bottles in! Replenishing my stocking station was always easy because with one glance, I knew when my inventory was low.
To make my life easier, I kept my small, fashionable, and functional Baby Changing Purse in my car at all times. When taking my adorable baby out into the world, I would simply load up my cute changing purse with the FEW items that I would actually need for a couple of hours ahead. Since my diaper changing purse came with a built-in changing pad, and a place for my cell phone, credit cards and keys, I would simply replenish the following items as needed:
- 1 Diaper for every hour
- 1 Pack of wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- One or two snacks
- An extra baby outfit
- Diaper ointment
That is it! Off I would go with everything I needed at my fingertips and the peace of mind knowing that I had a whole bunch more where that came from in my car.
3. Choose your Ammo Wisely – Finding the Right Diaper Bag
There are hundreds of diaper bags on the market, which can make it difficult for you to choose the one you’ll carry every day. Take the time to look through the available options to find the one that works best for you. For example, there are plenty of beautiful, designer bags that will complement your sense of style as well as simpler bags that are designed to handle a lot of wear and tear. Consider the size you will actually need, how you’d prefer to carry it and always give yourself a hands-free option! We recommend a Baby Changing Purse with a cross-body strap or a small backpack. T.J. Max or Marshalls carries some great backpacks that are fashionable and super handy at decent prices. Sometimes, I used both for longer outings and depending on how much baby gear I needed. Both options allow you to keep your hands free for your precious baby and not filled with bulky diaper bags. Lastly, decide on the colors you really want. We recommend going with something neutral that matches a diverse wardrobe. You’ll be carrying your diaper bag every day, so make sure you love it!
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