Diaper Bag Must Haves
Things have really changed in the 6 years since I was first registering for baby items. We registered for so many things that seemed necessary at the time that just ended up collecting dust or just not working how I expected them to. Things like a wipes warmer for instance. Nobody got time for that nonsense. So now that I’m clearly a parenting expert (sarcasm), let me share with you what items we really love and have found useful as parents of four boys.
First off, I registered on Amazon because they give you a 15% discount when you check out within a month of your due date. Definitely worth it for larger items like strollers and cribs. We had a couple splurges this time around and bought ourselves the brand new Uppa Baby Vista stroller with both bucket seats, the car seat, basinet, and kickstand. It’s amazing and technically we can fit all four boys on it and have it carry the diaper bag! My other splurge item was the diaper bag itself. I had a brand new diaper bag when Connor was born, but it was stolen. I’ve been using my Madewell purse ever since, but I knew I would have to get something more substantial with four kids. After some debate I got the Fawn Diaper bag and I’m in love with it. It has so many pockets!
Inside my diaper bag are a few things I’ve found to be necessary on a daily basis. A “daddy diaper bag” is what I call the larger clear zippered bag. Inside is a portable wipes container, a small folded leather changing pad, and a set of diapers. My favorite thing about this is you can send Dad off to change a diaper without him having to haul the whole diaper bag with him. I also keep a simple onesie in my diaper bag at all times. One thing newborns are really good at is diaper blow outs. You won’t regret having a spare pair of jammies.
I also keep a spare pacifier in these super handy pacifier cases. So nice to know its not rolling around collecting lint inside of my bag. If your baby is a pacifier user I actually highly recommend one of these clips. Fishing around for a pacifier that has gotten flung out of the crib in the middle of the night or in the backseat of the van is no fun, especially when your infant is screaming for it.
As for nursing covers, I have always used some variation of the carseat canopy/nursing cover. Disclaimer, my kids are all pretty low key nursers. They don’t grab at the nursing cover, flail around, or have latch issues. So take this with a grain of salt. I like how lightweight it is and it provides full coverage without feeling like you’re wearing a portable sauna. I also love that it works well as a car seat cover and folds down to almost nothing. I also like having a spare swaddle blanket on hand like the aden and anais brand ones. They’re great for burping and providing some lightweight warmth to baby.
I could probably get away with a smaller diaper bag if I weren’t also always hauling my camera and the boys medical supplies around as well. For awhile I was carrying around two epi pens, Benadryl, aquafor, hydrocortisone cream, two inhalers, and a nebulizer at all times for the boys allergies and asthma. These items are why I knew I needed a larger diaper bag. Thankfully we no longer need the inhalers and nebulizer so the smaller clear ziplock houses all the boys medical items. I really love the clear zip lock specifically for this because if we’re ever in an emergency situation, it would be very easy for a complete stranger to quickly locate the boy’s epi pens. It’s some nice peace of mind for a worry-wart like myself.
Mom pro tip: if you’re just having your first child, buy a sunglasses case. I have lost so many sunglasses to the depths of my diaper bag (or to the grabbing hands of my children). I wish I hadn’t put it off this long. It is definitely worth it. Also keep a scrunchie in your diaper bag. Newborns are surprisingly good at grabbing hair…and the postpartum sweats always hit you while you’re nursing so it’s nice to get the hair off your neck. Motherhood is super glamorous.
Other items we love: Sofie the giraffe has been a huge hit with each for our boys. Duncan still plays with it st nap time and he’s 2! The Dock a Tot was a first time purchase with this pregnancy. I originally was considering not purchasing because it felt excessively expensive. However we have used it every single day multiple times a day and we absolutely love it. Magic Merlin Sleep Suit has been our go to sleeper for all of our children. Transitioning them out of the swaddle is so brutal so we actually never regularly swaddled Duncan and have already started Archer on the sleep suit as well. It lets them sleep safely on their back but keeps them from being able to have such a strong startle reflex (which is what wakes them up constantly). It’s also super comical looking when on.
Hope this helps you with your registry! Let me know in the comments if there are favorites of yours that I should know about!