Whatever style of bag you choose to go for, be it a tote, bucket or trending backpacks it’s the contents of them that really matter and we tend (at least I did) to over do it on “essentials”
I soon found my Pinterest check list was weighing me down and practicality became my new thing after some experience. These items are more geared towards 1 year olds up when we need a lot less in terms of feeding wether breast or bottle or both, you need to be a bit more prepared when the babas are younger obviously.
So what do we really need to tote out with us?
I have two tips
1. Always keep your bag ready for a dash out
2. Pack for the day that’s in it
Ok, so these two tips slightly contradict each other so let me explain.
Having your bag ready for a dash out, you’ll just need to keep it topped up with a couple of nappys and changing essentials and food. Most likely if it’s a quick dash you won’t be needing all the things! I always keep a fruit pouch, cereal bar and some raisins in, 3 nappys, a Muslin, wipes, hand sanatiser, a sample bag of creams/medicines, a pacifier and a toy. They are always in my bag.
When I was pregnant, I was given loads of minis and little handy bags full of samples at my hospital visits and in the chemist there would always be someone sampling or gifting when I bought baby stuff. At first I thought it was a waste of all these items but they’ve probably come in the most useful and I still have the bags and some minis to this day. I only ran out of the mini sudocrems a few months ago! In terms of medicines, I keep a couple of sachets of calpol, teetha sachets and plasters because they take up no room. If your child is sick then it’s more pack for the day..
Packing for the day
So packing for the day is when you know you’re off out and about and can anticipate what you are going to need for example going to the playground you might need extra snacks and food to take out with you, so having a good lunch box or thermos is great. Going to a
restaurant, you might want to bring the child’s eating untensils and more activities to keep them occupied like a book or crayons and paper or tablet.
An extra change of clothes is a great idea too. I would always have a change of clothes when Conor was a baby but now only pack if I think we might need it. I really find planning the night before when I can, a huge time saver.
I understand that a lot of us like to be prepared for the apocalypse when it comes to our changing bags because I fell down that hole of thinking I needed an endless supply of things just to step outside so my last tip would be to have a bag ready to throw in to your main bag for unusual situations, say god forbid you needed to go to the hospital or had to drop your child off for the night unexpectedly to their grandparents. You could have a bag with extra blankets, pajamas, nappys and so on just in case and then should you really need it, you just have to throw it in your bag that’s all ready there for the “dash”
I hope this helps someone who may be feeling overwhelmed. I remember the first day we took Conor out and it took us longer to leave the apartment than whatever we went out to do and I didn’t use one thing I brought!
Sometimes now that Conor is two I might even forget the bag if we are just going to the supermarket or the like. It was like spot the new parents!