The best advice I received before having baby #2 was to get rid of my gigantic diaper bag and get a smaller bag instead. The concept seemed strange to me – going smaller when you needed more – but the point was that with two kids now in tow, I was not going to have an extra arm now to carry around a million things I really don’t need just to fill my beautiful bag. Instead, what was recommended was that I have an “emergency bag” in the car! Not wanting to take up my dwindling cargo space, at first I used my center console as a mini-storage area for my diaper bag necessities. However after a while, the space was too packed and compressed to navigate through efficiently in emergencies. That’s when I official adapted the idea of an emergency bag and the Type A version of myself has been happy ever since. I still carry 1 diaper per child and a small amount of wipes in my purse but other than that, I keep everything else in my car for use as needed. Below is the ultimate minimalism list of diaper bag must-haves to keep in your car and off your arm!
- Two extra sets of diapers per child
- Hand sanitizer
- Plastic or biodegradable bags (great for soiled diapers)
- Extra pair of clothes per child (including underwear, socks, shirt and pants) – Lilladu Exchange Tip: sweatpants usually fold very small making it easy to pack. Also, I use a quart size bag for each child and label with their own clothes for quick access)
- Small first aid kit
- Small flashlight
- Snacks for each of your children that wont expire any time too soon (baby food and spoon, fruit snacks, pretzels, and cereal are good choices!)
- Bottle of water
- Couple dollars with of change and some cash too
- Cotton gloves and hat per child (depending on the time of the year)
- Small umbrella
- Small books, toys, crayons, paper, stickers and other entertaining items
- Pacifier (if your child uses one) or other soothing items
- Quart-size clear plastic bag worth of essentials for parents (mints, travel-size deodorant, stain remover wipe, makeup essentials)
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