Hey Mums! How are you all doing? In the middle of all the work, parenting and your regular chores..take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Just know that what you are doing for your kids, no one else can and that makes you the best Mom in the world!
This post is for new moms and moms who have been moms for quiet a while now 🙂
If you get lost somewhere in the middle of your daily routine and feel like whenever you step out with family, you either forget the wipes or extra clothes at home for the little one or maybe you forgot to carry extra water..I know this can be overwhelming and its perfectly okay to forget at times (though it seems like the end of the world most of the times).
A well-stocked diaper bag can save the day. But what do you really need in there? It depends on how old your child is, how long you’ll be out, where you’re going, and how prepared you want to be or like to be.
Let’s look at the basics. You can print this out and put it somewhere on the fridge or on your baby’s cupboard so that you don’t forget anything.
One for each hour you’ll be out, plus a few extra – just in case.
You can stick ten or so in a plastic bag if you’re not going out for long. Wipes are perfect not just for diaper changes, but also for sticky hands and dirty surfaces.
For cleaning your hands after diaper changes when there’s no time or place to wash them.
Many diaper bags come with a reusable changing pad, or you can buy one separately. Some parents like the disposable ones for traveling. A hand towel from home will also do.
Plastic or biodegradable bags
For storing soiled diapers, clothes, and baby blankets. Just make sure your child can’t get to them, since plastic bags (including the biodegradable versions) pose a suffocation risk.
Snacks for old babies and toddlers.
Very useful when you can’t stop in the middle of nowhere to feed your little one. Could also prove beneficial to soothe a tantrum or unnecessary crying while you are driving.
Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for toddlers)
Extra clothes for your child
You never know when spit-up, drool, spills, or poop explosions will necessitate a change of clothing.
You can use it to cover your baby or as a changing pad, nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth. Always comes in handy.
Moving on from Bag Essentials to Mommy and Me Essentials.
Most of the time we forget the little things that are actually the most important things on a parents checklist. I say this for Moms and Dads, both. These are more for older kids. I have three of my own, two girls (7 and 2.5) and one boy (1 year old).
- Your kids need tons of hugs and kisses.
- Say I love you to your kids at least 3 times a day.
- Ask them how their day was?
- Use polite words and set an example for your child to follow.
- Let your child choose what he wants to eat when you dine out.
- Ask about your child’s friends.
- Tell them you are proud of them.
- Encourage them to help with chores around the house starting with cleaning up their own toys and colours.
- Do one activity together each day, be it coloring, painting, cycling, skating, reading or anything at all.
Your kids are watching you two more than they watch anyone else. Make sure you leave a good example for them to follow. Say I love you to your partner in front of your children, they need to see and feel that. Hug each other. Smile at each other. Respect each other. Make time for each other.
If you need someone to talk to, I’m here.