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All you need is love … and a lot of stuff!

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Remember when John Lennon sang, “All you need is love.” This leads me to believe that Yoko packed the diaper bag!

New moms always marvel at how much stuff they need to carry in their diaper bag, even if they’re simply running to the grocery store. While you may feel like a pack mule, many of today’s diaper bags are so stylish that no one would ever guess yours contain Cheerios and a Boo Boo Buddy.

If your bag weighs (a lot!) more than your baby, it may be time to drop some pounds. Diaper bags are like closets; they tend to collect items that don’t belong. Routinely purge your bag. Take everything out and put it on the table. With each item, ask yourself: Has this item been used during the past month? Does this item fit the needs of my daily tasks? Can this item be just as useful stored in my car? If you answered no to the first two questions then do not put this item back in your bag. If you answered yes to the last question, then move this item to your glove box.

What should you carry in your diaper bag? Here’s a checklist of the basics:

  • Bottles and formula (if formula fed) with enough for the amount of time you plan to be gone plus one extra or a snack and small bottle of water if your child is a toddler
  • Blanket (can also be used for privacy if breast feeding)
  • Diapers
  • Wipes (travel size or a small supply in a plastic bag)
  • Changing pad
  • Pacifier or security item
  • Burp cloth
  • Bag for soiled items
  • Rash ointment
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Change of clothing
  • Bib
  • Medication (if needed)

About Stephanie Vozza, Organizing Guru

Stephanie is an expert in timesaving organization for busy parents and is founder and president of The Organized Parent. As author of The Five-Minute Mom’s Club: 105 Tips That Make a Mom’s Life Easier, she offers quick solutions for the tasks that cause moms stress. Her mantra: "Don't change the mom to fit the task; change the task to fit the mom!"

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