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If you have a newborn at home, chances are you have baby brain.  Your brain is concentrating all of its energy to ONE thing – keeping your baby safe.  But sometimes you forget the most ridiculous of things – like forgetting to put a shirt on before you leave the house!

I remember once we took a Sunday drive to visit some friends.  It was only about 2 hours away – not a very long trip.  It sure turned into a long trip because mommy’s baby brain forgot to pack the formula.  And with it being Sunday in Germany, we couldn’t just go to the store and buy some.  We had almost made it to our destination when we had to turn around and drive back home.

That’s when I started a diaper bag checklist.  I sat down and physically wrote down everything I needed to be in my diaper bag every time I left the house.  All I had to do was remember to check the list every time I left the house.  It saved my butt a couple of times.

Diaper Bag

If you have twins or two small children close in age, I highly recommend getting the Skip Hop Baby Duo Double Signature Diaper Bag.  I wasted too much money trying 3 different diaper bags until I finally found this one.

What I especially love about this diaper bag is that I can get everything in there comfortably without it being crammed full.  It comes with a changing mat and has tons of pockets for easy organization.  I put my personal items, toys, and pacifiers (things I need to grab FAST!) in the outer pockets.  Another nice feature is that it has a built in, zip-up wet bag for storing dirty diapers, used burp clothes, bibs or wet clothing when you forgot your wet bags at home.  And the best thing is that it looks so professional that I will be able to use it as a purse/briefcase when my babies don’t need a diaper bag anymore, making it well worth the investment.

Thomas likes it too, and is so happy that he isn’t one of those daddies who has to carry around some silly-flowery-girly diaper bag all the time – and he really is the one carrying it most of the time! It’s one of the best baby items I’ve bought and it has been well worth the money.
The Diaper Bag Checklist for the New Mom with Baby Brain

Mommy Necessities

Of course, these things vary from mommy to mommy.  What I have on my list:  wallet (preferably with cash in it), keys, cell phone, glasses, sunglasses, lip balm, and a small bottle of water.
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Diapering Essentials

I am prepared to change a diaper any time, anywhere.  Even though my diaper bag comes with a changing mat, I like to put a disposable changing mat on top of it, in case things get a little crazy.  Baby wipes, diapers & trash bags for dirty diapers are also on the list.
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Feeding

Baby formula, bottles, a thermos with boiled hot water, bottle with boiled water at room temperature, and a burp cloth are all on the list.

and later:  fruit pouches, bib, baby cookies, cheerios, and a sippy cup with water in it for each baby.
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Pacifiers – as many as you can find!

Our babies stopped wanting a pacifier at about 9 months, but before that time, we could never have enough pacifiers.  We especially needed them in the car.  They’d spit them out and they’d go flying somewhere I couldn’t reach from the front seat.  So I’d whip out a new one from the diaper bag.  One time we found all 6 under Thea in her car seat!  That girl!  My babies would ONLY take these pacifiers and I’m so thankful that they aren’t the kind with some silly stuffed animal hanging off the end or the ones that look like a giant plug.  I don’t know if I could handle seeing those hanging out of my babies’ mouths every day!
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Teething Essentials

We always have teething tablets, violet root, Sophie the giraffe, and baltic amber teething necklaces with us wherever we go, but I can honestly testify that we haven’t needed ANYTHING except for the teething necklaces ever since the babies got them 5 months ago as they were 7 months old.  I am so glad my aunt gave them to the babies as a gift; I probably never would have bought them myself.

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Toys

We prefer quiet ones for sitting in restaurants (or in airplanes!) but we usually can’t get around bringing some kind rattle with us.  Luckily our babies are more interested their new surrounding and don’t have time for toys.  Nonetheless, here are some of our babies’ favorites for when we’re out and about:
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We always keep these toys in the car or in the diaper bag, to set them apart from the usual toys at home (we do switch ’em out, of course.)  This way, our babies find them more interesting and play with them longer when we’re out-and-about.

Baby Blankets

We needed baby blankets even in the summer.  Those air conditioners are fiercely cold sometimes!  They’re also great as a car seat cover or sun shade.
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Wet bag packed with a fresh set of clothing

For the inevitable spit-ups and diaper blowouts.  I pack one set of clothing in a wet bag for each baby.
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This pretty much concludes the contents of my diaper bag.  I know it’s a lot, but as a new mom suffering from baby brain, you just can’t be prepared enough.

Be sure to grab your diaper bag checklist so that you don’t leave home without the essentials!

ALWAYS BE PREPARED...


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Rest your mind at ease by using "The Diaper Bag Checklist for the New Mom with Baby Brain" so that you and your baby never leave the house unprepared! | Diaper Bag Essentials | Diaper Bag Organization |

Rest your mind at ease by using "The Diaper Bag Checklist for the New Mom with Baby Brain" so that you and your baby never leave the house unprepared! | Diaper Bag Essentials | Diaper Bag Organization |

The Diaper Bag Checklist for the New Mom with Baby Brain | Diaper Bag Essentials | Diaper Bag Organization |

What's in your diaper bag? This checklist will help you be sure that you'll never leave the house unprepared again. It lists all the diaper bag essentials you and your baby need.

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