Monday, 2 February 2015

What's In Your Diaper Bag? Groundhog Day Special

Ah, Groundhog's Day. While most people (accurately) associate this holiday with those adorable, alliterative rodents that pop their heads out in search of a shadow,  we here at WIYDB? cannot separate the holiday from the Bill Murray classic. For those of you who somehow missed out on this gem, the gist of it is that Bill Murray's character must relive February 2nd until he gets it right. (But, it's obviously so much better than a one sentence summary, so go rent it!) In that spirit, we're re-living Seana's diaper bag this week, to see what she does differently now that Elliott is six months older and she's a more experienced Mama. From the looks of it, Seana is going to be fully prepared whether or not we get 6 more weeks of winter.

What's In Your Diaper Bag?

Name: Seana

Baby's Name (and age): Elliott (9 months)

Most Important Thing in Your Diaper Bag: 
Pacifier and toy wipes. At this age, my son puts anything and everything in his mouth. If it's on the floor (playgroup, library, grandma's carpet), it's up for the tasting. 

Basic Save: 
I keep Cheerios in my bag for snack time. My boy loves them just as much as those fruity flavoured puffs, and for the same price I get so much more (525g of cereal vs. the 42g of puffed treats.) Come to think of it, they probably rank second in terms of most valuable bag stock.

Essential Splurge: 
Night time diapers. If I'm going to be out later, the last bum change is always in to an extra-dry diaper. It's worth it to have a happy bum for a long car ride, and be able to transfer a sleeping baby without another change. They are a little pricier per diaper, but it's 100% worth it for me.

Best Preparedness Advice: 
Throw in a little of everything, and hope for the best. I mean, diapers, wipes, and an outfit will save you a lot of unnecessary stress, but you can cope with forgetting nearly everything else. I don't worry nearly as much about this as I used to. Don't sweat it if you forgot a burp cloth (use a blanket, or even a spare shirt). It's no biggie if you forgot to repack some toys a book, keys, (or some of those handy Cheerios) will keep him calm. Sing songs, be messy, and own it. No one is judging you harsher than you are.

Contents (from left to right): Change pad, diaper bag, snack cup, powdered formula, travel diaper genie, wipes, diapers, emergency kit (clippers, thermometer, spare pacifier, etc), my items (sun glasses, acetaminophen, lip balm, lozenges, pen, agenda, paperwork), hand products, granola bar, toy and pacifier wipes, change of out fit and cloth, various toys/ distraction objects).

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