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My Diaper Bag Must Haves

  1. DIAPERS: I always make sure I have at least 2 extra diapers in my diaper bag whenever we go outside just in case my baby urinates or have a bowel movement.
  2. WIPES: For obvious reasons, this is utilized when we need to change my baby’s diaper or even when we have to wipe his face after he eats. We use disposable paper towels instead of the baby wipes.
  3. CHANGING PAD: You never know what happened or who touched the baby’s changing table in the washroom or if it has even been cleaned. I would never want my baby to lie into a surface that is dirty.
  4. LYSOL WIPES:This is to clean the changing table or any surface that my baby would touch or sit on including those baby chairs that can be used in the food court. Again no one will know for sure if somebody did not wash their hands after using the washroom. Babies and children most of the time would touch surfaces and puts their hands into their mouth. Yeah, that is a no no in my house.
  5. EXTRA CLOTHES: Having an extra baby clothes is important in case of explosive bowel movements or whenever the baby gets dirty after eating a meal outside. I can barely remember using my baby’s extra clothes but I would rather bring it than needing it and it is not in my bag.
  6. NURSING COVER: I used my baby’s old swaddle blankets to tie around my neck (loosely of course). I would prefer to preserve my modesty but I do know this is based on each mothers’ preferences and you do what you feel is right for you. Unfortunately for the past couple of months, my baby is in the age of extreme curiosity, he would constantly fight or try to lift the nursing cover/blanket away from his face whenever I nurse him outside. I am always thankful that most of the large shopping malls in my area has a nursing room for breastfeeding mothers. It is never okay to push a breastfeeding mother to utilize a washroom to nurse her baby. That is very unsanitary and dehumanizing. Nobody wants to eat inside a washroom, why would a baby be expected to do so?
  7. FIRST-AID KIT: My kit includes a band-aid, burn/cut ointment, and CPR kit. During summer months, I would also include sunscreen and mosquito repellent in there as well. One can never know what can happen anywhere so I am always prepared just in case.
  8. UMBRELLA: You may find this confusing or hilarious but I am from a culture that umbrella is a must whenever one goes out from the house. You ask why would someone need an umbrella? You see umbrella is so versatile. One can use an umbrella when it is hot outside (to prevent sunburns) or when it is raining or even snowing. My umbrella is always inside my diaper bag whenever and whatever season it may be.
  9. HAND FAN: Another cultural must have. I always, ALWAYS bring a hand fan even during winter. I mean when one is wearing bulky coats, it is expected that one can always expect to feel sweaty sometimes. This is when a hand fan is vital. Furthermore, during the summer months, a hand fan would make strolling in the park or anywhere else comfortable.
  10. SNACKS and DRINKS: Once my baby reached 6 months, I always bring snacks and drinks whenever we go. My baby is very picky and bringing 2-3 or even more snacks and a drink (water or milk) plus a food pouch ensures that I do not have to deal with a hungry and cranky baby. I also like options hence the need of different kinds of snacks.  
  11. TOILETRIES: This is very important since one can never know when it is needed. This also includes a mini travel bottle of baby soap, small bottle of hand sanitizer, lotion, and lip balm.
  12. TOYS: A very important distraction device whenever my baby is getting cranky and does not like to strapped to his car seat.

You may wonder how I could fit all of that in my diaper bag. I can fit it in my guess bag and I even attached a messenger strap so I can just wear it across my body in case it gets too heavy. I am a self-professed over-packer but again I would rather have too much things to bring outside than not enough. What is your diaper bag must haves?

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