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Cow-hair portable diaper bagTraveling with baby means always being prepared – whether you’re traveling to the corner store or across the country. A well-stocked diaper bag that can be grabbed at a moment’s notice is the key to being a prepared mom-on-the-go with a truly portable baby. Your diaper bag is a combination changing table, entertainment center and portable snack center all in one. With all that riding on – or inside – the inimitable piece of utilitarian equipment, can you really expect it to be fashionable too?

Why not? There are lots of fashionable options on the market, including baby diaper bags created by your favorite designers. Whether you choose a stylish tote diaper bag, a sleek messenger bag, an oversize diaper bag or any one of dozens of other styles, a specially designed diaper bag will help you organize all the little and not so little necessities that make traveling with baby so much easier.
Tips for Choosing a Diaper Bag

  • Don’t stop with just one. I won’t go so far as to say you can never have too many diaper bags, but a second diaper bag to keep in the car can save you a lot of grief. Choose two diaper bags . one to carry, one to keep in the car.
  • Choose a bag with multiple compartments – the more the better. A roomy center compartment is vital, but so are flap pockets for things you’ll want to access quickly, zipped pockets for small things and bottle compartments to keep baby bottles close at hand.
  • Will you be walking a lot? A messenger or backpack style diaper bag lets you carry with hands free and no arm restriction. That leaves your arms free to hold your baby.
  • Choose a diaper bag in a durable fabric that’s easy to keep clean. A bag treated with a fabric protector that you can wipe will make your life easier – and lengthen the life of your bag. Remember, you’ll be carting it around with you for a couple of years.
  • Look for a bag with accessories that make your life easier. A changing pad, a dirty duds pouch and a pacifier holder aren’t necessities, but they’re nice little extras.

Tips for Packing the Well-Stocked Diaper Bag

You know the basics, but let’s run through a quick checklist of what should be in your bag.

  • Several diapers, obviously! But how many is enough? For short trips to the store, two or three is plenty. For an all day trip, estimate how many you might need – and then add two or three to be on the safe side.
  • A pack of baby wipes – and tuck a few into a plastic bag in a front pocket, too, for those sticky hands and little messes.
  • At least one change of clothing
  • Diaper ointment
  • A receiving blanket or pad for changing
  • Plastic zipper bags for dirty diapers and wipes, and for dirty clothes because there won’t always be a garbage can handy
  • A small first aid kit, with baby pain reliever and teething gel, at the very least
  • Sun block and insect repellent
  • Medications, if your baby needs them
  • Extra formula and sterilized water if you’re formula feeding
  • An extra pacifier and teething rings
  • Your child’s favorite teddy bear or stuffed toy
  • Snacks
  • Hand sanitizer for use after diaper changes

Don’t forget mommy when packing the diaper bag. This is even more important if you’re breastfeeding. Pack juices and high-protein snacks, and a book or magazine for those times that you’re waiting in line. Pack an extra shirt or blouse as well – so you won’t be stuck wearing baby spit-up all day long.

Make life a little easier for yourself. Pre-measure powdered formula into baby bottles and pack along bottles of sterile water to mix when it’s feeding time. Use single portion bottles rather than a larger bottle. Once you crack the seal, the water’s no longer sterile.

Pack perishable foods like yogurt and mixed baby bottles in freezer or fridge packs. If something has been sitting for more than two hours without a cold pack, toss it. Better safe than sorry.

Do you agree or disagree?  Perhaps, I missed something?  Either way, I would just love to hear what your thoughts are on this topic… just let me know your alive!

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