Have you ever seen the commercial where the first time mom leaves the house looking like a pack mule? Then the second time around she’s a total mom on a mission. As a third time mom, I can attest to the fact that the trend only continues. Minimalism is life when you’re trying to keep three tiny humans alive and thriving.
Nowadays, I’m more interested in throwing a few diapers in my purse than packing up a trendy diaper bag. When I do actually bring a diaper bag, it’s typically a backpack style bag with a few baby essentials tossed in for emergencies.
In fact, there are many trips we take where I don’t bring a diaper bag at all.
The Car Kit
I’m not a huge fan of lugging around a giant bag of baby things, and as a mom of three, I often need extras for the whole family. I keep a fabric box in my trunk (fabric over plastic to prevent sliding) with an extra change of clothes for all the kids, a towel, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, and a changing pad. I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy—that time Evie had a stomach bug, the time the baby messed her diaper right through her clothes, and the time my oldest had an accident. The car kit fixes all, even for embarrassed tweens.
The Bare Essentials
In addition to my car kit, I keep a few extra diapers and a travel pack of baby wipes in my purse. I also keep a spare toy and pacifier in there, too. These are especially handy when you’re inside Target—because honestly, where are you if not Target—and don’t want to make the trek all the way to the car just to grab a pacifier. Now that I have older kids trucking along with me and the baby, I also keep lollipops, quarters, and an extra supply of tween friendly feminine hygiene products.
Before going back to work, I exclusively breastfed my youngest. After going back to work, I found it hard to keep my supply up. I’ve struggled with supply issues in the past, so I began supplementing with formula in between nursing sessions. Having to pack up an entire feeding supply list of bottles, water, formula, and more just to leave the house was exhausting, so I was super excited to hear about Sippy Nipple.
Each pack comes with 2 nipple sizes that fit most water bottles, allowing me to turn the water bottle I was already carrying into a baby bottle. It’s genius! It took my breastfed baby a few feedings to get used to the slimmer nipple, but the convenience was a big incentive to help her get used to it, and it didn’t cause any issues with excess air intake or gassiness. Two thumbs way up in my book!
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