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We finally made the switch y’all. The switch from the “I need to carry ALL THE THINGS!” Diaper Bag to a backpack. When Liam was first-born, I literally carried everything around just in case we might need it. Not even kidding I even had a change of clothes for myself in there just in case. And for the record, I did end up using them so I do recommend it with a newborn!
However, Liam is bigger now and we don’t need a ton of stuff when we go out. And quite honestly, I got sick of lugging around a giant diaper bag with us everywhere we went. We had the Skip Hop Grand Central Diaper Bag originally and it was perfect when Liam was a newborn and has a ton of pockets and separators and even insulate pockets for bottles. But trying to get it in and out of the basket under our stroller was a giant pain and I finally said enough is enough!
We went with this Scout backpack after receiving a recommendation for it but it’s not a specific diaper bag backpack. It’s really been perfect for us so far though. While it looks like it’s sweatshirt material almost, it’s actually a slick, waterproof material which is perfect for wiping off all of the wonderful bodily fluids and/or food/juice/milk that could end up on it. All you need to do is just wipe it on off!
Enough about that though, let’s get into what I think is essential for your (almost) toddler diaper bag!
Kind of a “duh” item but obviously we never leave home without diapers! We also user overnight diapers for nighttime so I usually have a few of those in there as well in case we’re going to get home late and Liam will probably fall asleep in the car. No need to wake a sleeping baby for a diaper change!
Another no-brainer item but I have wipes everywhere. I have them in our diaper bag obviously but I also keep a spare pack in the car, in our living room, in the kitchen to clean off a messy baby after meals and trust me, they get used. We have tried our fair share of wipes brands and have been pretty consistently a Pampers family. Until now. Happy Little Campers Club recently sent me some wipes and they are so great! We originally tried out the Babyganics Wipes because they were organic and all natural but they smelled so weird. And were supposedly unscented. Riddle me that. Happy Little Campers, however, don’t smell and are super soft and gentle on baby’s skin. Liam’s booty is pretty sensitive so these are Murchison family approved! We’ve definitely been converted! Find Happy Little Campers wipes here!
Diaper Rash Cream
I won’t gross you out with all the gory details but every Mom will tell you diaper cream is a must. Liam has had a few major cases of severe diaper rash so we apply it frequently sometimes just to keep the diaper rash at bay!
Have you ever been in a crowded restaurant with a cranky, hungry kid? Or been at the doctor’s office when it’s about time for lunch and you can’t leave just yet? Keeping snacks on hand is crucial to preventing a meltdown. We always have Puffs or Lil’ Crunchies with us for a quick snack but usually also have a pouch. And a sippy cup is a must now that he is older as well.
You might be thinking, but you already have wipes on your list? But Boogie Wipes are so, so necessary if your little one has a runny nose. Let’s be real, kids can be snot machines sometimes and these are made with saline so they’re gentle on baby’s nose. And, being fully open with you, Tyler and I have used them in a pinch too and they’re great for adults as well. 🙂
Other honorable mentions:
Even though Liam is (almost) a toddler, we still keep some other items with us that are worth mentioning:
- Burp cloth – these are our favorite
- Bib (the above doubles as a bib!)
- TOYS – gotta keep the kid entertained!
- Blanket – just a small receiving blanket just in case but I also keep a more snugly blanket for him in the car at all times
- Changing pad – I haven’t used this for him recently because he wiggles so much but we keep it in there in case we have to change him somewhere that I don’t want him touching the surface.
What are your Diaper Bag must-haves?