Whats in my Diaper Bag! (For the bottle fed baby)

Helooooo Everyone! So if you guys have been following my posts, you may know that I had been looking all over the for the perfect diaper bag. I finally settled on a Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote because I thought it was modern and stylish but also super sensible with plenty of pockets! I had it sent to England where we spent Christmas, but it didn’t actually arrive in time before we left to go back to Holland. Last weekend when Daniël was back there buying a car he picked it up for me and brought it home! Now I can finally start using it yayy!! It is so much more beautiful than I expected and it is the perfect size.  The bag comes with six large side pockets on the inside and one zipper pocket on the outside. It also comes with a Petunia Pickle Bottom wipes case and a changing mat. I absolutely adore it and I am so happy that this is the bag I decided to purchase!

Anyway, I have been looking at lots of “What’s in my Diaper Bag” posts all over the mommy-sphere to get an idea of what actually goes in a diaper bag. After reading a bunch of other blog posts, I feel like so many posts suggest putting so many things in your diaper bag and it just doesn’t seem practical. I think you don’t really need to tote around that much stuff. I know that it seems kind of daunting to leave the house with a teeny baby. (The first time I took Fé out of the house I was terrified!) But that doesn’t mean you need to pack everything but the kitchen sink. The most important thing your baby needs is you! So here is my practical list of what’s in my diaper bag =)

What’s in My Diaper Bag?

1. Diapers, obvs!

So probably the most important thing to keep in your diaper bag is a stack of diapers. I keep about 4-5 pampers baby dry diapers in there at all times. They fit perfectly in one of the side pockets of the bag. I love the side pockets because they keep everything neat and organized and leave a ton of free space in the middle for bigger things!

2. Wipes

My Diaper Bag comes with a wipes case but I actually find it kind of impractical to use because it’s so small and pretty hard to open. I just grabbed a pack of my pampers wipes and stuck it in another one of the pockets and it fits just perfectly!

3. Bottles

Since Fé is bottle fed, I always carry around two Dr. Browns Bottles with me. We have glass bottles and plastic bottles at home, but I usually just take the plastic ones since they are much lighter and easier to carry around. Dr. Brown’s bottles also come with a cap and a small disk to seal off any liquid in the bottle to prevent spills! This is great if we are just popping out of the house for a little bit and I prepare a bottle in advance.

4. Formula dispenser

If I am going to be gone for more than an hour or so, I usually pack along enough formula to make a few bottles. There are a ton of different formula dispensers on the market but I prefer this one because it stores enough formula for multiple feedings and it is just plain simple! There are also dispensers like this one or this one which is also super simple and functional. There are also bottles that have formula chambers where you can release the formula with the push of a button! I don’t have any of those but I imagine they are super cool and pretty functional. This bottle is specially designed to reduce colic and also has a formula chamber so it’s basically a win-win. The Mixie Bottle is also a popular bottle brand with a formula container.

5. Mini Water Bottle

I grab a few mini water bottles so I always have pure fresh water on hand to make Fé’s bottles. I like having the mini 8oz sized bottles because they are less bulky and I can just use one per feeding.

6. Burp cloths

I think it’s handy to pack one or two burp cloths because, you know, babies spit up like it’s their job. My auntie actually made me a bunch of burp cloths that are really awesome and I use them for everything, so we haven’t actually bought any burp cloths ourselves. Aden & Anais make really great muslin burp cloths in cute colors and patterns. Burts Bees Organic burp cloths are also nice and so are Gerber Baby’s Burp Cloths.

7. Muslin Swaddle

I also carry around one of my big Aden & Anais swaddle blankets because they are so big and versatile! They can be used to cover the stroller or car seat in rain or sun, they can be used as a blanket, an emergency changing mat, a nursing cover (if you are nursing) and so much more! They are GIANT and super lightweight so they are just a really handy thing to carry around in your diaper bag!

8. Diaper Rash Cream

Fé, thankfully, hasn’t suffered from any diaper rash (knock on wood). But regardless, I LOVE Sudocrem and I slather it on her little butt just to prevent any rash. I love having a little tube of sudocrem in my diaper bag just in case! Sudocrem is AMAZING and I use it for everything, not just Fés little baby bottom. I also put it on my face, my hands, etc. My Mother-in-law even uses it on her horse to protect his little nose from the sun.

I live in Europe so sudocrem is everywhere, but I don’t think it has quite caught on in the States yet. When I checked on Amazon.com and I found that it is way more expensive to get in the States than it is here in Europe. I guess this means I am going to have to stock up before I move back to California. Anyway, I think Burts Bee’s has really nice diaper rash cream even though I haven’t used it. Aquaphor Baby Cream is close to the same thing as sudocrem and it also has a ton of different uses. I think these are great things to have at all times in your diaper bag =)

9. Pacifier

Fé isn’t a HUGE fan of her pacifier, but we sometimes use it to tide her over until her next feeding or just to comfort her until we can get to her or until we get home. I always have one in my diaper bag for emergencies!

Another great product that I just discovered, are pacifier sanitizing wipes. I haven’t actually gotten any yet so they are not actually in my diaper bag, but I think they are such a great idea. If her pacifier ends up on the floor or is just plain dirty we can just use these wipes to clean them. They are also great for bottles and anything else that goes in a baby’s mouth.

10. Pacifier Clip

Fé’s pacifiers have a sneaky way of ending up on the floor, so we have gotten a few pacifier clips to keep them close to her when she feeling like launching them out of her mouth (which happens all the freakin time!) These clips also come with a teether that Fé hasn’t used yet, but I imagine she will use them when she starts teething in a few months.

11. Change of Clothes

I have never actually had to change Fé’s clothes when we are out of the house. I have yet to experience a total baby “blowout” if you know what I mean. Regardless, I think it is important to be prepared so I have a onesie and a set of footed pajamas folded up inside of a plastic baggie. They fold up really small and barely take up any space in the bottom of my bag. The baggie is for any soiled clothes that may accompany said “blowout.”

12. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is great to have around, especially because you want your hands to be clean before feeding or before/after diaper changing. This organic hand sanitizer is alcohol-free so it is totally safe to use with your baby =)

12. Mom Essentials

In addition to all of these things for Fé, I also keep my wallet, keys, phone, lip balm, a tube of my favorite concealer sunglasses etc in my diaper bag. What I love about my Downtown Tote is that it looks like a cute purse and not a diaper bag! I even take it out when I am not with Fé just because it is so cute 😉

I hope this gave you some insight into what really goes into a diaper bag. To be honest, you don’t need to carry around a ton of stuff. Just a few essentials and you should be good to go! Good luck with all you littles!

Check back tomorrow for a Friday Favorites post =)

Whats in my Diaper Bag
Whats in my Diaper Bag
What's in my Diaper Bag
Whats in my Diaper Bag

Wednesday Randomness & My Favorite Pregnancy and Motherhood books!

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! I wanted to share with you a random Wednesday around here in our teeny Dutch apartment. We are planning on moving to the UK soon, and I wanted to share with you a little glimpse of what our life is like here in Holland before we make the big move.

This morning started out pretty lazy (most mornings do). Fé slept for a whole seven hours straight! Isn’t that amazing?! She has been sleeping for longer stretches of time (usually around 6 hours) and last night she surprised us by sleeping a whopping seven hours. We normally put her down for the final time around 11pm (last night was more like 12am) and today she didn’t wake up until 7am! I was shocked, I woke up around 6am surprised that she hadn’t yet woken us up to feed.

Pregnancy Books

Anyway, we ended up dozing a little bit more after she woke up at seven and finally got up again around 9:30 when Fé wanted a second breakfast. Daniël loves cuddling with Fé in the mornings before he starts working on his thesis so he cuddled with her in bed a while, while I made a big pot of coffee. My morning coffee is honestly one of my favorite things in the whole world! I stopped drinking coffee during my pregnancy and while I was breastfeeding, but since I have stopped breastfeeding (read more about that in Fé’s two month update) I have started drinking coffee again and let me tell you, I really missed it. I think I am one of those people who just needs coffee in their life so going back to my morning cup of joe has made me a much more pleasant person!

Pregnancy Books

After I made some coffee we got our day started. I did some housework while Daniël worked on his thesis and Fé played with her new foot finders and wrist rattles!

Pregnancy Books

After getting some housework done I ate a big bowl of oatmeal with raisins and dried apricots (yummy!). I am trying to lose my baby weight (check out my weight loss tips here) so I have been using MyFitnessPal to count calories and it is really working. I have lost a couple of kilograms since I started counting calories just about two weeks ago!

After lunch/breakfast we tried to take Fé on a walk in our Ergobaby baby carrier but when we got about 15 minutes away from our house, the wind really picked up and Fé just wasn’t having it. She started howling and crying so we just decided to come back to the house.

Afterwards, I decided to continue packing up some things for our big move to England in a couple of weeks. As I was going through some old books I found some of the books that got me through my pregnancy and helped prepare me for motherhood (although nothing can truly prep you to be a mother!)

Pregnancy Books

I wanted to share with our my favorite pregnancy and motherhood books that I think every mama-to-be should read 😉

10 Pregnancy and Motherhood Books

1. What to Expect When Your Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

This book was easily one of my favorite books during my pregnancy. It became my go to pregnancy bible. I outlines every single month of your pregnancy and tells you what to expect to feel, doctors visits, how your baby is growing and so much more. It really gives you all the information you need to get you through your pregnancy and labor and delivery!

2. Eating Well When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Another AMAZING book from the What to Expect series. This books gives you a TON of information about how to stay healthy when you are pregnant. It really shows how the food you consume impacts your baby’s development and encourages you to eat as healthy as possible, not only for you but also for your baby. It shows you how to eat well plus there are a ton of great recipes to try in the back of the book.You cant really see from the picture above but I have filled this book with sticky notes so I can flip to my favorite recipes or other important pages of this book. Check out my pregnancy nutrition post for some insight into what this book has to offer.

3. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

This book is also awesome. From the Mayo Clinic it provides you with great information about your pregnancy and your babies weekly development. It also includes a 40 week pregnancy calendar and outlines some of the important decisions you need to make as expecting parents (like different pre-natal tests and things like that!)

4. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Glaskin

I mentioned this book before in my Guide to a Natural Childbirth. This book is an amazing resource if you are planning a natural childbirth. Ina May, one of the most reputable midwives, provides you with everything you need to know in order to have the best birth experience. My natural birth experience was truly amazing and Ina May shows women how to have their own wonderful birth experience. Whether you are planning on having a natural childbirth or not, I seriously recommend this book!

5. Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience by Ricky Lake

Another great book to help you prepare for childbirth (whether natural or not). This book outlines all your options so you can choose the birth that is right for you!

6. When We Became Three Memory Book

This isn’t technically a book for reading but a memory book for you to fill out during your pregnancy. My friend sent me this book and I had so much fun filling it with pictures and memories of my pregnancy!

7. The Shit No one Tells You by Dawn Dais

I LOVE this book! Its hilarious and so true. My friend send me this book and I read it in about two days! Real moms tell real stories of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. This hilariously honest book is a total must have (in my opinion) for any mama to be! It also makes an awesome gift for any pregnant friends you may have 😉

8. What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff

If you couldn’t tell, I am a huge fan of the What to Expect Series! This is another one of their awesome books that provides you with a ton of information about your baby’s first year! As new parents, Daniël and I constantly have questions and this go-to book clears up so many baby confusions! It is truly a life saver!

9. The Wonder Weeks by Frans Plooij

Okay so I don’t actually own this book, but I really really want it! I outlines all of your babies different developmental phases, known as the wonder weeks. It also provides information on how to stimulate your baby and encourage their development. The wonder weeks also has a journal (sold separately) to track your baby’s developmental milestones!

10. The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

This book is an awesome parenting resource for all first-time (and second and third-time) parents. It helps parents understand their crying babies, teaches them soothing techniques, and helps get their babies to sleep. What parent doesn’t want that!

I hope this list helps some of you mamas-to-be prepare for your little bundle of joy to arrive. I know these books helped me so much throughout my pregnancy and they still provide such a great resource for all my parenting questions!

I would love to hear any more of your baby book suggestions if you have any. Feel free to comment below. Until next time, have a happy Wednesday!

Pregnancy and Motherhood Books