Friday, March 25, 2016

Being Prepared even when you Forget the Diaper Bag

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You would think after having three babies, the diaper bag would be the easiest thing to remember.  However, you would be wrong.  It seems like there is at least one outing a week where I forget the diaper bag.  It actually seems to be getting worse as we add children.  It happened just a couple weeks ago when we were having a play date at a friend’s house.  We had to pack up early and head home because, you guessed it, I forgot the diaper bag.

What is that saying about giving half your brain to your baby…times three?!

Often it is when I am running a quick errand, and just end up forgetting it.  To be honest, I am happy that I remember all of my children when we leave the house.

What is a forgetful mama to do?


One way that I have managed to make forgetting the diaper bag a bit easier, is to have a back-up stash of items already stored in the car.

This extra stash comes in handy whether you are running a quick errand and forget your diaper bag, or you have a particularly messy time on your hands, and go through A LOT of diapers and wipes in a short span of time.  This supply is also incredibly helpful for when you are taking longer trips, and perhaps need a lot more diapers and wipes than a typical diaper bag would hold.

What items do I keep in my car for those times I have forgotten my diaper bag?


First, you need a container to put the items in.  I love to use a 15 quart clear, plastic tote with a locking lid.  It is a little bit bigger than the shoebox size, and fits all of the items in easily.  It is small enough that I can slide it in the back seat under the kids’ feet if I need to, but sturdy enough that it can also be packed tight into the trunk.

The first item I keep in my car tote is diapers.  There have been too many times that I have gone out of the house and realize that I have forgotten the diaper bag, or that I have remembered the diaper bag, but had not replenished my diaper supply – not a good thing!

I love the Huggies® Little Snugglers diapers.  They are perfect for my baby, who is in size 3 right now.  I love that they are in sizes NB-3 and offer superior protection for Lucy’s sensitive skin.  We had a lot of trouble finding disposable diapers that did not cause skin irritation, and the Huggies® Little Snugglers fit the bill.


The next item is obviously the wipes.  We LOVE Huggies® Natural Care Wipes!  They are softer for sensitive skin.  Every baby gets diaper rash at some point (most often for us transitioning to more solid food), and we have found that these wipes keep the diaper rash away.  Using the wipes and diapers together has given us an amazing result for Lucy’s extremely sensitive skin.  Finding something that protects her skin, while also protecting against leaks and other issues was important to me.

Having two older children as well, the wipes come in extra handy.  It seems like my older kids need to eat a lot when we are out (is this just me?!), and we end up having messy hands and faces.  We use the wipes for all manner of clean up, and they have served us very well over the years!

To go along with the diapers and wipes, we keep small trash bags in the box.  We use the plastic bags we receive at the grocery store because we always seem to have extras.  Also, a change of clothes for Lucy, which in the winter is a one piece pajama outfit.  If I get to the point where I need to change all of her clothes, I do not want to be putting her in another cute little outfit!  Ease is the key for me here.  And of course, hand sanitizer.


Other items I include are some snack pouches for the kids.  I have them for Lucy, but I also buy pouches for Emma and Jack as well.  Having the snack in a pouch allows for a little less mess, and I find that I am able to get pretty healthy options.  I keep some fruit in addition to the pouches.  We also always keep a few bottles of water.  We bring our water bottles everywhere, but often they run out, and we need a back-up option.


When I do need to re-stock this bin, I head into the Walmart Baby section of the store.  They carry everything I need there.  I love that they offer amazingly low prices, which is important if you have ever bought diapers before – you know how expensive they can be.  You can get a pack of the Huggies® Little Snugglers for as low as $8.97 per pack.  We typically buy the bulk box of wipes, but you can also buy the small, 64-wipe package for $2.37.  But, you can also find everything online - and who doesn't love to just order things online?!  

My brother and sister-in-law just welcomed their third little one.  A tiny peanut at 6lbs 14oz (which is a whole 2 pounds smaller than their older 2!), and we will be gifting them some of diapers as well as wipes to use.  Having three little ones 3 and under is going to be a challenge, having a great solution to deliver amazing skin care to her newborn shouldn’t be a concern!


Do you keep a separate bin in your car with supplies?  What would you add to my list?

27 comments:

  1. I really love the idea of keeping a bin in the car for diapers, wipes or even snacks. I have three children too, and sometimes I get brave and leave the diaper bag at home on purpose, because we'll only be gone for a bit, and then a messy diaper happens! I have some wonderful clear shoe bins from The Container Store that would work perfect for this. Thanks for sharing, Heather! :) [Client]

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  2. After a couple of awful incidents with my first baby, I began keeping diapers and wipes in my car a all times for emergencies! It has made all the difference! Love this!

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  3. These are such great tips! Saving for one day if I maybe have a baby :)

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  4. I found with my first I would never go anywhere without my diaper bag and without doublechecking that I had everything plus the kitchen sink in it. After having the second, when their baby it wasn't as bad, but once he hit one all of a sudden I'm out and he poops I have no wipes! I now keep a stash of wipes and diapers everywhere I usually have a little bit of wipes in my purse and a diaper in my purse and in the glove compartment I'll keep some wipes and a diaper and a change of clothes for the kids☀️ Cheers - Sara

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  5. SO smart to have an extra stash! I don't have kids but have a beauty survival stash for myself. One day it may evolve into kiddo stuff and I will remember this post!

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  6. will share for females i know so they be prepared for the worst, you never know when nature calls and baby has to respond..... kikikiki...

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  7. Great idea. Better to be ready for those little or big accidents at all times.

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  8. I'm glad I'm not the only one who keeps a stash of supplies in the car...because I've forgotten one too many times! Then the trick is remembering to change the diaper size of the ones in the car...we had size 2's left in the car even after graduating way beyond size 2 lol

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  9. When my kids were babies, I had a stash of goodies everywhere. Car, upstairs, downstairs, hubs car, etc. It was the only way to make sure I always had what I needed.

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  10. An extra stash is a great idea! I gotta say tho - I am a bit envious of the beautiful diaper bags available these days - so much better than when I was toting one around!

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  11. This is such a good idea. I can think of a few times when I could have used an emergency diaper bag.

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  12. It's always good to have some backup things in the car. The last thing you want is a forgetting diaper bag and a messy diaper in public!

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  13. We don't drive otherwise this would be the perfect idea. I do keep some extra stuff in my purse just in case I forget the diaper bag, which seems to be pretty much always! - Jeanine

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  14. This is so smart! My first baby is due in a few weeks and I've already been thinking about a car kit. When I was a nanny I ALWAYS forgot the diaper bag!

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  15. My sister is having her first in a few weeks. She needs to do this because she is already so forgetful and I know she's going to forget the diaper bag a few times.

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  16. Yup, I forget stuff all the time! I use my Thirty-One bags to keep me organized in the car. I keep similar things in mine, plus extra clothes.

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  17. I have one of these in my car and it has saved my bacon so many times! It is such a great idea!

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  18. These are all such great tips! I’ll tell my friend about them, she has a baby! :-)

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  19. My friend has a three month bubba my godson and he always uses Huggies. This is a great brand for little children.

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  20. Great information here! Being a photographer, I have seen new parents and experienced parents forget their diaper bags!

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  21. No kids yet but this is smart. I never would of thought to have a diaper kit stash in the car too!

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  22. Great info here.... Im always amazed at parents who aren't prepared. But then again, how quickly I tend to forget all those sleep deprived early days... LOL

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  23. Such smart and wonderful ideas!! I would have never thought of any of this!

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  24. I love these tips! There are times I have forgotten the diaper bag at home. Not fun at all!

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  25. Okay, that is a seriously great idea! I never thought of that! If I ever have a second child, we are SO doing this.

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  26. Having a little stash in your car is such an awesome idea! I know a lot of moms forget things when on the go and this would definitely be great for those times.

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