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10 Things I Don't Leave the House Without
I remember the first time I packed my diaper bag (a week before my first baby was born), I was overwhelmed by how much stuff I thought I needed. I could barely get the bag closed — and it was a big bag!
Now, two children later, I’m pretty adept at packing lightly. Two changes of clothing for a grocery store trip might be a bit excessive, and I probably don’t need my nursing cover if I’m just taking a walk around the block.
But, whether we’re going on a walk to the park or running errands, here are the ten things that pretty much always earn a spot in my bag or the car:
#1: My Double Stroller
I have a bunch of single strollers, but I always take my double now, because invariably, my toddler, who SWORE she wouldn’t want to ride, will want to ride. We’ve had too many outings where I ended up trying to hold one child while pushing the other. Now I just default to the double and everyone is happy.
#2: Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are like miracle workers. Hand washers, stain removers, tissues, and, of course, bottom wipers. My husband lives in fear of being without some.
#3: A Snack
I never know when an errand will run long or I’ll just absolutely need to keep my children well-behaved. A snack never fails to do the trick (granola bars and dried fruit are my favorites).
#4: A Size 3 Diaper
Before I had children, a friend told me that size 3 diapers were the magic size that fit the longest. In the case of my girls, I’ve found that to be true. I can make them work for a six month old or my three-year-old, if the need arises. My emergency diaper stash is all size 3s.
#5: My Phone
I love so many things about my phone, but I really love that I can use it to snap candid photos like this one of my girls when we’re out and about.
#6: A Blanket
A baby blanket is endlessly useful – it can warm up a chilly baby, act as a nursing cover, wipe a dirty face, replace a soiled outfit, swaddle a tired baby, and make for a great game of peek-a-boo.
#7: A Pacifier
My girls are both WILD about pacifiers (we only just took away my 3-year-old’s a few weeks ago), so a pacifier is my ultimate secret weapon.
#8: A Jacket
I always keep a baby jacket stashed in my purse or bag. If it’s cold, I’m set. And if my baby spits up (or has a blowout), a jacket can stand in as an outfit in a pinch.
#9: A Book
I always keep a book (for me!) in my purse or the bottom of the stroller, so that if my girls are suddenly enthralled by a bug for ten or fifteen minutes (which happens more often than you’d think!) or we end up waiting in a long line, I have something to read. Bonus, the battery never runs out!
P.S. I’d love to hear what you don’t leave the house without!