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Quick Tip: Repack the Diaper Bag Right Away

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While I was on maternity leave, I made lists of the things I wanted to share with you about life with a newborn, and I’m excited to do that now through this series: Notes from the Newborn Daze. Because I know not all of our readers are at this stage or interested in reading baby tips, I’ll be sharing those just once a week over the next couple of months, with plenty of tips, stories and encouragement for other¬†stages in between.

Quick Tip: Repack the Diaper Bag Right Away

There’s no doubt that, even for minimalist parents, babies require more stuff than their older counterparts. Diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, etc. are pretty standard necessities when leaving the house.

While I’m looking forward to the day when we can just tuck a couple diapers and wipes into the glove box of the car (because I am totally that mom!), for now I’m embracing my pretty JJ Cole diaper bag as part purse/part baby gear.

As much as I love my diaper bag, the last thing I want to do is spend time running around restocking it as we’re heading out the door, so I’ve made it my practice to repack the bag almost as soon as we get home every time. In reality, it sometimes has to wait a couple of hours while I unpack groceries, nurse the baby or simply put my feet up, but I always do it sooner rather than later.

Keeping the bag packed makes it easy to get out of the house and means I’m less likely to forget something since I’m thinking about it while I’m focused and calm.

And with two ER visits under our belt since Jackson was born, I’m thankful that I’ve actually followed my own advice so that the diaper bag was the one thing I didn’t have to think about as we were rushing to get there!

What’s in the diaper bag? Here’s my list of necessities:

  • Clean onesie & outfit
  • Burp cloth
  • aden + anais swaddle blanket — to use as a nursing cover, light blanket or whatever else I need
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Extra paci
  • Changing pad
  • Nursing pads
  • Lip gloss
  • Pack of gum
  • Lotion
  • Thieves hand purifier
  • Tissues
  • Wallet

What are your diaper bag essentials?