One of the most important pieces of baby gear that moms have is the all-important diaper bag. Having a baby means carting around half the babies’ room for a simple trip to the store. A well packed diaper bag can go a long way to ensuring that outings with baby are stress free. Use these diaper bag hacks to ensure that you get the most out of your diaper bag experience.
Save Money by Using a Camera Bag
Camera bags aren’t used all that much anymore, but a vintage one can be picked up at a thrift store for as little as $3. Camera bags make fantastic substitutes for a diaper bag because they have lots of outside pockets to hold individual contents as well as a super roomy inside. And you will totally be rocking the vintage chic style.
Store Pacifiers in Plastic Containers
There is nothing worse than being in public with a screaming baby and not being able to quickly find the pacifier in the black hole that is your diaper bag. To keep pacifiers clean and easy to find, keep them in a plastic container – soufflé cups work great for this, but any small plastic container with a lid will do. Be sure to always pack several pacifiers so that you are prepared with a backup in case baby decides to play “throw the pacifier” when you aren’t looking.
Pack an Extra Shirt For Yourself
Most moms make sure to pack an extra set of clothes for baby in the diaper bag, but what about for yourself? There is nothing worse than baby spitting up or throwing up on you in public and you having to spend the rest of your time at the store walking around like that. Always be prepared for whatever may occur by keeping a change of shirt for yourself in your diaper bag at all times.
Save Space By Vacuum Sealing Diapers
If you are planning an all-day outing, then you will need a lot of diapers - but diapers can take up a lot of space in a diaper bag. The solution? Leave three diapers out and put the rest in a plastic Ziploc bag and vacuum seal it so that it doesn’t take up much space in the bag. This trick can be also be used for baby clothes and other supplies.
Keep a “Mommy” Kit in Your Diaper Bag
Most of what is packed in a diaper bag is for baby, but you should also be sure to have supplies for yourself. Keep a small bag filled with things you may need from time to time so that you are always prepared. Pack the bag with a nail file, hand sanitizer, pain reliever, Band-Aids, breath mints, or anything you think you may need every now and then when you are out and about.
Pack a Plastic Bag For Soiled Clothes
Always keep a plastic bag in your diaper bag to put soiled clothes or dirty diapers in to keep them from contaminating the other contents in the bag (and to keep them from stinking up your diaper bag).
Keep a Bottle of Sunscreen in Your Diaper Bag
Sunscreen is something that many people don’t think about packing in their diaper bag until the day they find themselves needing it. You never know when you may find yourself at an impromptu trip to the park or playing outside. Plus if you keep a bottle in your bag, then you won’t have to worry about remembering to bring it at times when you know you will be outside.
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