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Must-haves for the perfect diaper bag

by Kristen Fescoe

During pregnancy, there are plenty of things that need to be planned, packed and prepared. You need to plan to the nursery, pack the hospital bag and prepare your life for your babies. What many soon-to-be moms of multiples (MOMs) overlook is the importance of the perfectly packed diaper bag. 

Inside the perfect diaper bag

What most MOMs will tell you is that your diaper bag will often be your lifeline and source of sanity. Here is our insider look at the perfectly packed diaper bag for twin moms to be. 

While most of these are fairly intuitive, some experienced MoM’s have chimed in and offered up some unexpected ideas for what MUST be in your baby bag.

Must have’s

These are probably pretty obvious but be sure you have the following diaper bag staples. 

  • At least 10 diapers
  • Pack of baby wipes
  • 4 changes of clothes 
  • Spare receiving blankets 
  • Bibs 
  • Diaper changing mat 
  • Depending on your babies age, developmentally appropriate toys are key
  • Health items including gripe water, acetaminophen, gas drops and whatever else your babies need at home 
  • Snacks for babies 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Plastic bags 
  • Bottles, plus formula or expressed milk  
  • Pacifier or blankie 
  • Diaper cream or ointment 
  • Sippy cups 

Things to consider

These are things that you might find come in handy in a variety of situations. 

  • A change of clothes for yourself 
  • A backup pack of wet wipes 
  • Snacks for you 
  • Sunscreen
  • Baby carrier or sling 
  • First aid kit 
  • Nursing cover 
  • Disposable placemats 
  • Crayons and coloring pages
  • Board books 
  • Hats for babies 
  • Important phone numbers 

Surprisingly helpful

Finally, a few things that other MOMs have noted as helpful to keep handy. 

  • Pen and paper 
  • Book or magazine in case you find a spare moment 
  • Identification
  • Chapstick, lotion and other MOM essentials 
  • Emergency contact information 
  • A wet bag 
  • Bottle of water 
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone charger 
  • Things that would normally be in your purse 
  • Cash (just in case) 

Not every piece of equipment is necessary for every family so think through what works for you. It is also important to keep in mind that packing and repacking a diaper bag is an ongoing process. As you use the contents of your bag, you will need to regularly replenish. 

Try to get into the habit of repacking your diaper bag at least once a week so you are never caught without your essentials. 

Kristen Fescoe

Kristen Fescoe is an adjunct professor of Psychology at Rowan College, a writer and lead editor at Twins Magazine. She's the mother of three, twins daughters aged 12 and a son aged 7. Kristen earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology. She began her career working in two prisons in Philadelphia as an inmate counselor and part of a research team at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her research, Kristen founded a company specializing in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, applying clinical psychological practices in the business world. Since venturing out of clinical practice, she has used her knowledge and experience in psychological principles working with businesses to help them apply these concepts to business practices. She joined the Resility Health team as the Clinical Manager in 2016.

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