I don’t know if it is true for all kids, but my girls were little…
We have hit toddlerhood with our youngest child and the light at the end of the tunnel (you know those glorious days when you aren’t weighed down by all the things your baby needs) is in sight! It’s a funny in between stage where you don’t need a full diaper bag like you used to, but you aren’t completely off the hook yet, so what do you do?
Packing a Diaper Bag for a Toddler
I like packing light and bringing only the most essential items, so there are only 3 things that make the cut in my “toddler bag”.
1. Diapers and Wipes. It goes without saying that until your munchkin is potty trained, you will need to bring diapers and wipes. I have a very complex formula to calculate the number of diapers you will need, involving the number of hours you’ll be out and whether your child has pooped yet that day. It almost always equals 2. These days we are packing Huggies® Little Movers Plus because their double grip strips actually stay in place wherever your toddler goes, plus the new DryTouch Liner® provides Huggies® most absorbent diaper with an ultrasoft layer against your toddler’s skin. Best of all, they are available exclusively at Costco, so I can grab them when I do my grocery shopping! I also love the handy Huggies® Clutch n’ Clean for bringing a small amount of wipes on the go in a waterproof, resealable pouch. Perfect for dirty bums, hands and anything else that needs a quick clean.
2. Snacks. I don’t know about you but my children refuse to eat until we step our foot out the door. No matter how much I try to fill them up before we head out, they are inevitably hungry long before it’s time to head home. I like to pack small, easy to consume snacks in reusable containers to minimize the garbage. Things like bite sized pieces of fruit and veggies or crackers and pita are our go-to munchies. While my kids love cheese, yogurt and eggs, I generally avoid packing perishables that need to be eaten quickly or packed in ice, which would violate my packing light rule. A refillable water container is a must, as my kids drink like camels after a long desert trip.
3. Change of Clothes. Accidents happen with toddlers. ‘On-Purposes’ happen with toddlers. Either way, having an extra set of clothes on hand will make life so much easier when things happen. I try to find the most compact, least bulky options in my kids drawers so it doesn’t take up too much room. Also be sure that you don’t pick your favourites, as I tend to leave them in bag until they are used. Last but not least, throw in a plastic or waterproof wet bag to contain the dirty/wet clothes.
Now that you know what you’re putting IN your “toddler bag”, I have just one tip for choosing the bag itself. My only criteria is that it is big enough to fit everything we need, but small enough for my toddler to carry! She loves having her own bag and I jump on any opportunity to promote her independence and move away from the role of the pack horse.
Disclosure: I am part of the Huggies Ambassador Campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own