I have certainly been in the position to bum diapers off strangers in the past. accidents happen, of course they do. but to be prepared for theÂ next rookie mother adventure, I need to channel my inner control freakÂ (who am I kidding? that part of me is always very near the surface) and offer some strategies.
Allow me toÂ suggest a two-pronged method for the very best ready-to-meet-every-challenge diaper bag packing:
First: pack the diaper bag with only the essentials
I use a very small packing cube tossed in the bottom of my stroller stuffed with the items I’m 79% likely to need on any given outing. It can fit around my wrist when I’m doing a quick changeÂ and takesÂ up very little space when it is not in use.Â Not to mention, it is gender-neutral so my spouse doesn’t mind carrying it (I don’t take chances carrying a floral bag that my parenting partner won’t touch).
Two very soft diapers for (like these Touch of cloth by Seventh Generation)
Small pack of wipes
Hand sanitizer and small sunscreen
Thin but soft baby blanket that can double as a changing pad
CozyÂ pajamas that pack up small in case of an — umm — outfitÂ breach
Small toy or two with linky-doos for connecting to stroller or carrier
Non-leaking sippy cup with water
(Optional) pacifier with leash (yes, two of my babies used a paci)
Second: have a staging area ready to opt for back-up!
You can keep an organizing bin with these baby essentials in your automobile trunk or front hall closet. My pal Sandy keeps her stash at the foot of the baby automobile seat — clever.
SixÂ more diapers ready to go. Or the full pack if you have space.
Full-size pack of wipes for hands, faces, and babyÂ tushes
Even much more hand sanitizer (confession: mine livesÂ in the minivan cupholder)
Snacks for you and the babe
Change of shirtÂ for you if the baby is at that projectile poop/vomit age
During those many outstanding baby naps, replenish your go-bag so it is prepped for your next adventure. I know you want to collapse into the couch and rewatch the Gilmore girls best about now, but you’ll thank me later.
Because, ready or not, go time is coming soon!
Related control Freak’s Guides:
to grocery shopping with a baby
to potty training
to moving to a toddler bed from a crib
[Photos of the cute baby by our friend, Anna Azimi; the diaper package offered by Seventh Generation. All rights reserved]