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Every mom goes through a quintessential rite of passage: the packing of the diaper bag. When we first start out, it’s all about packing EVERYTHING that is needed, and goodness, we wouldn’t want to forget a thing!
As time goes on, we realize what is really necessary for our child and what we can leave behind, because the weight of said diaper bag is a reality. Once we begin to add multiple little ones to our brood, there’s an ever-present balance between bringing the must-haves we need and toting a bag we can actually carry.
The good news? Packing a diaper bag for multiples that doesn’t break your back is totally doable! Today I’m sharing just the must-haves that I tote around for my four kids.
Clearly the bag you choose is completely up to your own taste and style. I tend to rotate between a stylish leather diaper bag with backpack straps, making it SO convenient for carrying hands-free, and a large tote bag that I just make over into a diaper bag. What matters here is choosing something that works for you, then making it function as a diaper bag for multiples with smaller bags of essentials.
About those bags of essentials…
Staying organized is key to packing for multiples without losing anything…including your sanity as well as all the little things that roll around the bottom of your bag.
In my diaper bag, I keep a zippered pouch with wipes and a few diapers. I have another pouch for snacks, because we all know hangry happens and it’s best to be prepared. Another zippered bag holds first-aid essentials like Band-Aids, sanitizing spray, pain reliever (for babies and for Mommy), sunscreen, boo-boo cream, and diaper cream.
It’s also important to keep a bag with items just for Mommy, and in mine I keep some makeup and balm, chewing gum, hair ties, and bobby pins.
Items that work fast and perform multiple tasks will be your best friend. You don’t want to pack a ton of different items when one might do. For example, a tube of the new Aquaphor Fast Relief Diaper Rash Paste is perfect for diaper rash since it relieves discomfort in just one application. It’s formulated with 40% Zinc Oxide, and it works on all my babies’ rashes.
The same goes for wipes. You’ll use these for wiping faces and noses, to clean surfaces (with just a spritz of sanitizing spray), of course for diaper changes, and even to clean up your car in a pinch!
You know all of those “in-between” clothes; the ones you clear out your child’s drawers because they’re a little too small, but aren’t quite the right for your next little one yet? Grab a couple of these items and roll them up to live in the bottom of your bag. If you need a change of clothes these will work, and you won’t miss them from your child’s wardrobe in the meantime. Look for items that will “mostly” fit most of your kids and you’ll be all set.
Lastly, I add in something to keep myself and my kids busy while out. Since I always like to have my phone, notebook, and pens handy, these can all double as entertainment for little ones. Grab a small toy or two and mix them up often so that kids are always discovering something “new” to play with. For older kids, a small bag of stackable blocks can entertain for long periods of time, and little cars, crayons, and mini stuffed animals all keep little ones occupied and happy.
Mom Tip: Add a roll of pet waste bags in your diaper bag for smelly diapers.
As my kids continue to grow, what I carry with me changes slightly, but the basics stay the same. You’ll find you develop your own go-bag in a short period of time, and that when you’re prepared, outings are so much easier for the kids — and for you.
Have you had to pack for multiples? What else would you make sure to take with you?
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This post is sponsored by Aquaphor. All opinions are truthful and my own.