"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
- Mark Twain
It's summer, and I am literally breaking a sweat. Why? I am a new mother with a new diaper bag! This means I have a new place to stash stuff and create one more area of my life that needs some organizational help.
When pregnant, I weighed 148 lbs. Now that I have had my sweet girl, I physically carry that in diaper bag weight. While taking inventory of its contents, I feel like Mary Poppins as she unpacks her bag. How did that lamp get in there? I may not sing many duets with Robin Redbreast but my diaper bag could definitely give Ms. Poppins a run for her money.
My first few times out of the house as a new mommy, I was stunned at the basic items I would forget to bring with me. I had worked corporate America for over a decade, and yet, where were the wet wipes? I self-righteously thought to myself, "How could this happen? I've been baby-sitting since I was ten years old." Instantly humbled and now doubting my intelligence, the next trip out I would make sure to include the wipes and discover "No formula powder?" What could I be thinking?
If you need a "don't forget" list of baby bag items, just type in "Checklist for Diaper Bag Essentials" into the search area of a computer. Choose a list that fits your life, and store it in a zip lock bag in your diaper bag. Here are some additional "learn from experience" tips. If your baby is a formula babe, keep one bottle prepped in the insulated carrier with the ice pack (nobody likes old milk) but also have some dry bottles prepared with pre-measured formula powder. When only one hand is available (which is likely), you can skip the whole measure and spill powder in the car step of meal prep for baby. Pack plastic bags for dirty diaper disposal or soiled clothing and enough rags and tissues for those unexpected spills and spit-ups. Did I say unexpected? Don't forget baby sunscreen, a hat and a brush to wage war against baby "hat hair". And, a change of clothing must include socks because the dryer isn't the only thing that eats them! I think my baby's socks are flavored for as often as she pulls them off to chew on them.
Let us carry on with the Mary Poppins theme: "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and SNAP the job's a game." Familiar lyrics to most but if you're like me, you only remember a fraction of every song. Mary goes on to sing, "The honey bees that fetch the nectar from the flowers to the comb never tire of ever buzzing to and fro. Because they take a little nip from every flower they sip and hence they find their task is not a grind." This lyric reminds me to pack a little panic relief treat for myself in amongst my baby necessities. My treat of choice is Skittles and a craft-based magazine. Skittles don't melt and the magazine is luxurious because it's inspiration without need of completion! Don't you love things that don't need to be "finished?"