You’ve survived your 1st year of parenting! Your baby has gone from being held to crawling, and now you have a full-blown walker! Bottles are being phased out. They open their mouths every time you raise a fork or spoon to yours. And you have found less need for that huge baby bag. Maybe you have already transitioned or have found it easier to carry a backpack but now that your child is older, what do you really need to carry?
At this point, you know your child’s cries and needs. Therefore the essentials of carry are simple:
- 1 change of clothes (this may vary depending on how your child eats and how they potty but use your best judgment, especially depending on how long you will be out and about)
- Diapers (again the amount depends on how long you will be out but keep about 8-10 in the bag that you can store and forget)
- 2 cups – an empty, one with juice and then a bottle of water. If you child has transitioned to whole, almond or soy milk, I would recommend using a thermos because it needs to be kept cold, unless your bag has an insulated pocket/compartment.
- Travel-sized ointments, creams, lotions
- Snacks (varies depending on your child’s taste or your preference)
- If your child loves fruit, use your smaller Tupperware containers and fill ’em
- I love to combine toddler tidbits to make a little finger trail mix such as the yogurt melts, cereals, raisins, Teddy Grahams, Goldfish crackers, etc.
- Toys and small board books
- Toys should be small and quiet (cars, balls, action figures or small stuffed toy,
- It is nice to include toys that they love but I suggest that these toys remain in the bag so that your child can forget about it – out of sight out of mind. Every time they see the toy, it will be new to them.
- Bib – not the cotton drool bib, unless your child is a drooler or still teething but a feeding bib. Walmart and Target sell them for about $5 for 2.
- Fork and spoon (optional) depending on if you are trying to help your child learn how to self-feed with utensils
Eventually, you might be able to phase out to just a freezer bag with a change of clothes and a travel-sized pack of wipes, a couple of toys, and a cup. It truly depends on your need and how prepared you want to be for your child. I always tell parents to do what works for you. Everyone has an opinion but you must do what is best for you and your child.
Parenting is a journey definitely not a destination.
Give Love. Get Love.