Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ALDI through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about The Little Journey product line, all opinions are my own.
When we had Kannon, I was 100% the over-prepared mom. My diaper bag was always filled with a million things & every time I needed something, I was forced to dig through everything to find whatever I was looking for. This time around with Hendrix, I was determined to be more organized! While there are still quite a few things that are absolutely necessary, I’ve finally narrowed down my diaper bag essentials to a manageable list.
These are by far the two most essential things you need in your diaper bag! If you don’t have these two essentials, do you really have a diaper bag at all?! We were recently introduced to ALDI & love it! They recently launched their baby/toddler line ‘Little Journey & they have great quality (& affordable) wipes, diapers, baby food & snacks. If you have one near you, definitely check it out for great deals, because they are known for providing the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices. Basically, you can get all of your baby essentials in one place without breaking the bank & sacrificing quality. Always a win-win in my book!
2.) Baby Bottle & Formula or Breastmilk
These are obviously essential to a baby’s health, especially if you’re not breastfeeding & need to have formula on hand at all times! Plus, if you’re in the market for a new formula, Little Journey makes one that is also available at ALDI!
3.) An Extra Outfit
Let’s be honest, accidents happen. Especially when it comes to babies! You’re always going to want to have an extra outfit on hand for those times & might even want to bring a gallon-size Ziploc to hold any wet/dirty clothes. And, since you probably don’t have any extra room in your diaper bag for yourself, I would highly suggest keeping an extra set of clothes in the car. Walking through the store covered in pee isn’t the greatest. 😉
4.) Hand Sanitizer
While I’m not normally a massive germ freak, when it comes to my kids, I like to be extra sanitary. You just never know what is on that stair railing or what your toddler could have possibly touched while out & about exploring.
5.) An Extra Pacifier
If your baby takes a pacifier (or binky as we call it), do not, I repeat, DO NOT leave the house without an extra. It can be a very long drive home if you lose one & don’t have a backup. Trust me, I’ve learned from experience & it was not a joyful experience to say the least!
6.) Diaper Cream/Ointment
You never know when a raw bum will occur & it’s a sad day when it does happen. I always have something to apply the second I see any redness coming on so the situation doesn’t become any worse.
7.) Changing Pad
Because no one wants to put their baby down on one of those dirty changing tables. NO ONE! Thank goodness most diaper bags come with one inside these days.
8.) Swaddle Blanket
From birth up until the toddler years, these come in handy. We always have one of these on hand just in case.
9.) Bib & Burp Cloth
Going back to the extra clothes, you don’t want to be covered in drool or spit up if you can help it. These are both a must!
Now it’s your turn! What are your diaper bag essentials?!