Being a modern mom requires us to wear many hats for our many roles but the most useful skill we can hone and own is the ability to achieve organized chaos. This applies to your schedule, your home and most certainly your diaper bag. Aside from the obvious diapers and wipes, here are a few key items to pack in your little one’s diaper bag to maintain a state of sanity.
A sleeper: For when things get messy
The reality is, no amount of composure can control spit ups, spillage and accidents so as a mommy it is important to be prepared for any surprises. Rather than bringing a complete outfit, go for the sleeper because it is compact (and cute as heck). It may not be the most "appropriate" for Sunday brunch but let’s face it, neither is a head to toe Zara assemble covered in whatever comes up (pun intended).
I love this one from mini mioche. A Toronto-based children's store that has the most incredibly, good quality cotton basics for kids.
Swaddle blanket: For more than swaddling
Although swaddling may not be for everyone, swaddle blankets absolutely are. They serve multiple functions and alleviate the need to tote around excess items. Use your swaddle blanket to cover baby when they’re cold or yourself while nursing, use as a change pad or as a stroller cover. Swaddle blankets really have every situation covered.
I love this Petit Pehr swaddle. Actually I love all their swaddles. Their designs are not overly juvenile and have a touch of sophistication.
Stroller blanket clips: For keeping cover in place
The OLILIBABY ‘Kiddie Clips’ are the most compact and the most versatile item you can pack in your diaper bag. Use these clips to secure your swaddle blanket to your car seat or stroller to protect baby from sun, wind or excess stimulation while trying to nap (without snagging your adorable muslin blanket). They are also strong enough to secure stuffed toys to the stroller, avoiding the loss of a beloved friend.
And because convenience is a mom necessity, think about carrying all of these essentials in a backpack. Aside from helping daddy save face when he is on duty, a backpack allows you to be hands-free (for holding baby and no doubt a few other items). There are actually a lot of diaper backpacks on the market (like The Honest Company ‘City Backpack’) to assure you have all the compartments you need to keep organized. That way the essentials are always easily accessible, like your phone to snap pics of baby at a moments notice.
With these diaper bag essentials at the ready, you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way, without having to bring the entire (less than organized, mostly chaotic) nursery with you.