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We are on baby #3 at our house so I feel like we have been there, done that with so many things. She and I recently went shopping at Costco for some essentials to fill her Daycare Diaper Bag including Huggies Little Movers Plus Diapers.
I can now look back and laugh at some of the first time parenting mistakes we made. One of the funniest to me is the diaper bag we chose and carried around, including to daycare, for the first 9 months of our oldest son’s life. This thing was the size of a large piece of carry on luggage and we had it stuffed to the brim.
Our daycare tolerated it for quite a while but they finally asked us to choose something smaller for them. I then evaluated it and realized what a silly mistake we had made. I am surprised they let it go for so long to be honest!
Now with our girl I have a great diaper bag that is not too big and not too small. The bag I chose also has a small “Mom bag” that can be removed while baby is at daycare and carried by Mom.
Daycare Diaper Bag Tips
1. Pick a bag that fits the space provided. Some centers have cubbies and others have hooks. Your bag has to fit in their space.
2. Make sure your bag has a wet bag in it or provide plastic bags in your bag for your child’s wet or dirty clothes. Never had a blowout at home? Don’t worry it is inevitable it will occur at daycare!
3. Choose a bag that has space for your child’s already prepared bottles for the day. Most centers will not prepare bottles and you need to take them ready to eat.
4. Your bag won’t always be at daycare so be sure you find one that has space for diapers and wipes for your use when out with your child.
5. Zippers! I prefer zipper closures as I often have little toys and always binky’s stuck in my bag. These things can easily fall out so zippers are your friend in keeping the bag closed and the tiny things safely inside.
6. Your child will need one, possibly two, changes of clothing for daycare. Most kids need one but if you know your child gets really messy when eating or has a lot of very messy diapers you may want to send two changes of clothing. I am guilty of sending FIVE, yes 5, changes in with our first child.
7. Your diaper bag will need space for a blanket but only one. Do not be like me and stuff 3 or 4 inside. They just are not necessary.
8. If you use diaper cream your daycare center will typically ask you to label and leave a tube with them. Unless you plan to use it for every single diaper change while you are out and about with your child you really do not need to add it to your bag. Use it at home.
9. Here is where we get complicated. Is this your diaper bag or your purse? If you are using it for both then I suggest getting a bag that includes a pull out for Mom to take with her when she drops the baby off. Otherwise, your personal items are left in your bag at daycare and not accessible to you.
10. Choose a diaper bag that is going to last! There are some really cute $40 bags out there but will they be cute after you have drug them back and forth to daycare every day? Probably not. On the other hand, there are some lovely $200 bags but is that something you want to leave at daycare? Find a good medium range bag and stick with it!
When packing your daycare diaper bag make sure you remember that you have to keep them stocked in diapers! We typically took them a pack and then when they were getting low they would let us know.
Huggies Little Snugglers Plus and Little Movers Plus are available only at Costco and they currently have a great deal you will not want to miss!
- Little Snugglers Plus (Sizes 1 & 2) – $37.49, $31.49 after $6 discount and Free shipping (this offer valid 9/1 to 9/25)
- Little Movers Plus (Size 3, 4, 5, & 6) – $42.99, $36.99 after $6 discount and Free shipping (this offer valid 9/1 –to 9/25)
- Starting in August Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn starting – $29.99 available in select warehouses and online at Costco.com
What’s in your daycare diaper bag?
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