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9.28.2016

What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin


What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin

It's funny how having a baby changes your view of everything... and after having my toddler niece visit this past week, I know things will just keep changing for the days, weeks, months, and years to come. From our plans for the future to the way we grocery shop, everything has already changed slightly.

What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin

We're so excited for our future with her in it and I will say spending the week with an infant and a visiting toddler was a possible peek at our future with Delainey and a sibling-to-come. While those days are obviously far off in the future, this week gave me an idea of what should be in my diaper bag when it's time.

What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin
Caring for two kiddos isn't an easy task, so kudos to those of you who are currently rocking two kids at the toddler and infant age and for those of you hoping to do the same (like me), I think this list will help you!

What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin

We'll start with the essentials, at least for my family - the FOOD.

For D, a bag of milk and a bottle will do. We personally use the twist system and it's super convenient. Sometimes we bring along a different bottle, just in case.

For my adorable little niece, I had to be sure to pack a snack she'll actually want to eat and something I can bring with us anywhere. That's why I opted to bring Gerber Lil' Beanies. With 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber in every serving, I feel like I'm providing her a nutritious snack and it's a win-win for us both, since she actually enjoys eating them too! Whether I hand her the Original or the White Cheddar and Broccoli, we're both delighted when it's snack time.

Speaking of snacks, I'm certain to keep something adult-friendly in our diaper bag at all times too. Since hubs is GF, we packed some of our favorite GF Bites into the bag! Paired with a water bottle we can all share, we're all set for snack time and we'll have no hangry fits in the future.

What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin

Now that the food is addressed, let's get to the BASICS -

Packed with diapers for the little and an extra pair of underwear for the niece, the diapering kit is a must have for a diaper bag - of course!

Just in case mama needs to touch up her nails or the little one gets a snag in her dress that needs a trim, the Manicure kit comes in handy!

We pack the coconut oil because it's the ultimate cure for almost everything, makes an excellent lotion, is a great way to clean sticky messes, and more! We got this small sample size container from a health food store and it goes with us everywhere.

The Instax camera is another thing that goes with us everywhere, while we haven't snapped too many pictures yet - I love the idea of taking a picture and having it right at our finger tips! Playing with this handy camera and allowing my niece to take pictures with it is a ton of fun.

The hand sanitizer is a must have for mamas and toddlers, our hands get into some dirty situations and cleaning them up before touching a baby is a necessity!

It may seem silly but having lip gloss in your bag is a great way to make a mama feel cleaner and more presentable... and it's a great way to entertain an antsy toddler.

The activity cards aren't necessarily a must-have item but they are a ton of fun! You can use these handy cards to document the "big firsts" in your baby and toddler's life. From the first trip to an amusement park to a customizable "today" card, you can snap a photo of each event and share it.

A portable phone charger is something every mama needs in their bag in case of emergency. Your phone will never die randomly again with an on-the-go charger.

The little bottle holder device was gifted to us by a friend but a life saver when my arm gets a little tired. Place a bottle inside of it and rest it so baby has constant access to the bottle. I wouldn't suggest leaving babe alone with this, but it's great if your toddler is sitting in the back seat and wants to help you give baby a bottle.

Speaking of sitting in the backseat, babies and toddlers get bored on trips so be sure to pack toys for both of them. Rattles, magic coloring books, etc. Both kiddos will appreciate a little something to entertain them on car rides and waiting in lines.

The last "basic" item in my bag is my coupon holder. With coupons to some of our favorite places and a few vital documents inside, it's a lifesaver to have a small folder to place it all in. Saving money is important so stock up on coupons and place them in a small holder and fork 'em over when shopping, you won't regret it.

What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin

With FOOD & BASICS covered, let's talk about the COMFORT items in my bag:

A breastfeeding cover is a must for those of us that are nursing and want to do so comfortable and conveniently, anywhere. I use this baby at restaurants, while shopping, and at friend's houses. It's a huge comfort for her and makes me feel less exposed.

A burp cloth and or a bib is an obvious item to stash in a diaper bag! When dining with an infant, a good burping is always necessary post-meal. Bibs are great when baby tends to spit up or if baby has a drooly day.

I like to put an extra blanket and headband or two in my bag as well. You never know when you'll need a fresh blankie or accessories as a girl mom!

The last item and possibly one of the most important is the baby carrier! My little loves being snug and when hanging out with two littles, having one of them in a carrier is great.

What's in My Bag? - Mama Must-Haves in a Diaper Bag for a baby & a toddler! #GerberWinWin

So tell me, whether your a mama of two or hoping to maybe become one... What are your tips for taking care of two or more kiddos at a time?
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