Moms have a lot to think about when they are packing up just to go to the store with their baby or toddler. You never know what can happen between your place and the car. Not to mention when warm weather and summer hit, you may end up spending more time outdoors. Whether you are headed to the beach, the local pool for swim lessons, for a leisurely hike, or just on a trip to the park, busy moms want to make sure that your diaper bag has everything you need. Here are 8 things moms need to pack in the diaper bag for spring and summer.
A Sunhat for Your Child
Sun protection for your baby’s head, face, and ears is essential in the summer. Using a hat can help block more of the sun’s rays than just using sunscreen. There are sensitive spots on a baby’s head that most people don’t put sunscreen on. So, wearing a hat instead can prevent sunburn and UV damage to their eyes, ears, and skin. A hat also protects them from heatstroke and insect bites if you’re out in the garden or heading to the park all day long.
Baby Bathing Suit
You never know when you might want to go for a swim to cool off when the weather heats up. You can get a baby swimsuit online or in stores in different sizes and colors. Baby bathing suits are light, easy to carry around, and will protect your little one from UV rays while they’re splashing around in the pool or ocean. You can even get swim shirts to cover more of their little bodies. This means less worry about whether the sunscreen will wear off or not.
Sunscreen for Mom and Baby
Take care of your skin, mama. Sunscreen helps reduce sun damage from harmful UV rays which can make you look older than you are. For babies, their skin is more prone to damage that can lead to blistering and painful burns if not protected in the right way. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going outside so that it has time to absorb into your skin and provide protection against UV rays. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen all over exposed areas of the skin. This includes the face, neck, and ears. You’ll want to reapply every hour or two after swimming or sweating heavily. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, look for toxin-free options that are better for sensitive skin.
A Snack for the Road
A snack for the road is always a good idea. Don’t forget one for your kids and one for you. You don’t want to be hungry when you get to your destination. This can make for cranky kids and a cranky mom. Pack something that will keep you going for a while like nuts, a protein bar, or even chips. Choose your kiddos’ favorite crackers and fruit pouches as easy and portable snacks that won’t go bad if you leave them in the diaper bag.
A Drinking Bottle for Baby
A drinking bottle for a baby is an essential item to pack in your diaper bag. In the summer, it’s important to keep your child hydrated and a bottle can be used to feed your baby on the go. Bottles are also easy to carry because they fit neatly into most of today’s diaper bags without taking up too much space. Plus, they’re easy to clean. You’ll want water bottles for yourself and toddlers as well.
If you live somewhere where there are a lot of bugs, insect repellant is crucial. No one wants bug bites all over them just because they went for a walk. There are many natural options out there to consider that are safer for kids and babies.
Moms know to pack a few extra diapers and wipes in their bags. Make sure you have enough for your planned activities for the day. You might want to also consider keeping extras in the car just in case.
A Couple of Changes of Clothes
Have you ever been in a situation where you forget to pack extra clothes and that’s the one day you need them in weeks? It’s best to pack at least two options for your baby and kids in your diaper bag. You never know what can happen. Plus, as the weather warms up, you may also want a sweatshirt just in case it’s not as hot as you thought it would be.