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Last month I shared tips for what to keep in your diaper bag for the first six months of baby’s life. And yes, there are a lot of things! The next stage is just the same, with lots of things that you need to keep handy when you are on the go. As your baby grows and changes, so should what is in your diaper bag!
So just like last month, this post is focused on what you should always have in your diaper bag with a baby, but now a baby who is between 6-12 months. Little A will be six-months-old on Wednesday, so I better make sure I have all of this in my diaper bag ASAP! And if you read the first post in this series, you will notice that some of these are repeats, but there’s not much more I can say about them so that is why!
1. Diapers. I feel like I don’t need to explain this one. You never know when you are going to need to change your baby. And make sure you always have at least two or three diapers with you. You will see why if you keep reading!
2. Wipes. Obviously you need wipes to go along with diapers. You can’t change a diaper without wipes! Because honestly, nothing else will wipe quite like baby wipes.
3. Changing pad. If you have changed a baby in public you know that sometimes the changing tables in public restrooms are disgusting. Or sometimes you don’t even have access to a fold-down changing table and you need to change your baby on the floor or in the back of the car. It helps so much to have a changing pad! I made my own changing pad and it has a place for diapers and wipes so you can just grab it all at once when you are on the go. It also helps you stay more organized inside the diaper bag! You can find the tutorial here.
4. Extra outfits. Yes, outfits. Here’s a story. Once when Little J was little he had a blowout at church. No big deal, I changed his diaper and his outfit (because I had an extra in my bag) and we were good. But unfortunately, when you have three hour church, your baby will sometimes poop twice while you are there. And if you only have one outfit, you are in a whole mess of trouble when that second poop also becomes a blowout. Which is exactly what happened to us. So I had to take Little J home in his car seat in just his diaper. So please, learn from my experience and always have two backup outfits in your diaper bag!! And I would keep these in the diaper bag, even if your baby hasn’t had a poopout in a while. After one year I don’t carry extra outfits, but until then, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared!
5. Nursing cover or bottle & formula (depending on if you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding). My babies usually like to eat every 2 hours until they are older, so if we go anywhere longer than an hour-and-a-half, things get rough. So I always bring my nursing cover with me when I am breastfeeding. If you are bottle-feeding, make sure you always have a bottle and some formula in your bag. You never know if you are going to get stuck somewhere and need to feed your baby!
6. Burp rag. Regardless of whether your baby is a big spit-upper, you will want to keep a burp rag in your diaper bag. Both of my kids have been good eaters with minimal (if any) spit-up, but every once in a while it happens, and you want to be prepared! I have made all the burp rags for Little J and Little A, and they have been incredible and well-used, You can check out that tutorial here.
7. Pacifier. Pacifiers are the greatest when you are going out in public and your baby starts crying. Little J was always so much happier in his car seat with a pacifier. Unlucky for us, Little A won’t take one, so right now I don’t have a pacifier in my bag, but I always did with Little J. So if your baby will suck on one, make sure you have one! It can be a lifesaver in quiet places!
8. Toy for baby. Now that your little one wants to grab everything and be entertained all the time, you will want to make sure you pack a toy or two. I love ones that make noise or are designed for teething. And bonus points if you can attach the toy onto baby’s car seat so she can’t accidentally knock it out of the car seat while you are out!
9. Book for baby. Again, when your little one wants to be entertained, a book is a great idea. Sometimes you will be somewhere where you can’t get baby out (or don’t want to) to play, and a book is a great way to keep them busy. And those little board books are the perfect size for your diaper bag, too!
10. Healthy snack for Mom. Since I have Little J’s toddler stuff in my diaper bag, I often snack on his snacks, but I love having something healthy in there for me, too. I guess technically this isn’t an essential, but I promise you will love having it in there! Especially if you do end up having to feed your baby while you are out. And this way, you won’t have to steal some of their baby snacks!
11. Snack for baby. Now that your little one is big enough to be eating solid foods, you will want to make sure you keep a snack in there for her! You can have something like those little puff snacks that are easy to grab and dissolve, or if your baby is closer to her birthday, you might want to put something like graham crackers. And squeeze pouches are always a plus when you go out to dinner and baby wants to eat, too!
12. Lotion, hand sanitizer, and chapstick for Mom. Yes, the diaper bag sort of functions as your purse too, so you need to keep a few things in there for yourself. I hate having dry hands and lips so lotion and chapstick are a must for me. And it’s always smart to carry around some hand sanitizer when you have a baby. Or just in general, too.
13. Wallet. Again, since the diaper bag doubles as your purse, you will want to make sure you keep your wallet in there! You don’t want to be caught at the store without your wallet! Trust me, it’s the worst. So make sure you find a space in there for your wallet!
14. Sanitizing wipes. Yes, you already have regular baby wipes in there, but you don’t want to go anywhere with your baby without sanitizing wipes. Why? I always wipe carts off at the store so it’s nice to have these. Another thing I’ve noticed is that people are ALWAYS touching babies’ hands. So when someone comes up and says “oh your baby is so cute!” and then proceeds to touch their little hand, you can make sure you wipe it off before they put their little hand in their mouth.
So those are my diaper bag essentials for the babies 6-12-months-old. I hope they are super helpful for you!
Check back next month to see what my diaper bag essentials are for toddlers! And let me know in the comments if you think there are any essential item that I forgot!
And as a side note, LITTLE J TURNS TWO IN FOUR DAYS! I can’t believe it. But I will be sharing his super cute and fun train birthday party soon, so stick around for that!