A well-prepared diaper bag is one of the most important things to have on you at all times as a new parent. You don’t want to be caught short in times of need and it’s best to be over-prepared than under. If you’re new to the baby scene and haven’t quite grasped exactly what you need in a diaper bag to cover all possible situations, we have you covered! Here’s our diaper bag essentials list for on-the-go parents.
1. HEALING NATURAL BABY BALM
Buying a balm that’s soft on your baby’s skin is so beneficial. Try to look for one which is handmade and non-toxic, preferably full of essential oils that will soak into your baby’s skin and nourish from the outside in like this one. Balms should both moisturise and create a protective barrier for your young one to keep them comfortable and soothed.
2. A SOOTHING BURP CLOTH SET
An organic cotton cloth will work perfectly for both mother and baby to keep your little one relaxed while you clean them up. An absorbent, thick cloth is the best to go for in order to be fully functional, and try to buy one which folds up small enough to fit easily in your bag like these from Coyuchi. It’s best to try and keep all the essentials in one place so nothing suddenly goes missing when you need it most!
3. A CLEAN KOALA OR KANGAROO ONESIE
Accidents do happen, and sometimes they might get a little, erm, messy. That’s why it’s so important to keep a clean onesie with you at all times to make sure you can give your baby a quick change into fresh clothes! They’ll feel much better and smell much cleaner, leaning towards a happy baby-mummy combo.
4. A CHANGING PAD THATS ACTUALLY PRETTY
A pretty changing mat is the easiest way to go to always be on the ball and prepared as much as you can be. These bags make diaper changing as simple as possible, getting a lightly padded changing mat will make for a comfortable change for your baby, and a simple one for you. These bags also include an exterior mat pocket with magnet closure to keep all your items secure. A bag will a loop handle is even more practical as you can hang it up wherever you go.
5. A DELICIOUSLY NATURAL-SCENTED HAND SPRAY
As well as keeping your baby clean, you need to be too! A hand spray safe for both mum and baby should be made of natural antibacterial ingredients which will be kind to skin and will kill nearly all germs to protect the health of your family. Low alcohol formulas which are high in vitamin E and aloe vera will soften the skin and keep it healthy. Spray bottles from Bondi Wash are available in native Australian scent choices that smell lovely, too! We like the Tasmanian Pepper and Lavender scented hand spray!
Now it’s just time to get your bag and start packing. Make sure the items you’ll need first are right at the top – the baby mat should be the first thing you pull out of your bag alongside a bottle of hand spray. It’s a good idea to keep lotions and sprays in miniature forms to keep your bag lightweight and prevent any spillages from making a huge mess. Good luck on your new on-the-go parent adventures from the team here at Wombat and Friends!