As a parent, you rely on your diaper bag to help you keep your child clean, fed and entertained when you're away from home, but you shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort for convenience. A heavy bag can cause discomfort and even chronic pain.
Here are three ways to lighten the load in your diaper bag without affecting your baby's hygiene or comfort:
1. Use clear bags for easy organization
You're looking for the baby wipes in your diaper bag, but the lighting is poor and your bag seems too cavernous to find anything! In frustration, you take everything out of the bag just to find your pack of wet wipes crumpled at the very bottom.
Sound familiar? If it does, consider organizing your diaper bag with clear plastic cosmetic bags. Working Mother Magazine suggested using six bags, each with a specific purpose:
- For parents.
- For baby.
- First aid.
Label each bag with a piece of tape and a permanent marker. The next time you're in a rush to find something in your bag, it'll be easier than ever!
2. Switch up your diaper bag style
You can fit a lot into a large tote, but these bags often focus all the weight on one shoulder. Being a parent shouldn't have to mean going to bed with aches and pains every day.
Consider switching to a more ergonomic bag or backpack. Using both straps of a pack creates symmetry of weight, so you can walk easier, carry your precious baby and accomplish your daily tasks with ease.
Here's a thought: The parent blog Romper recommended using a professional camera bag as a diaper bag substitute. Camera bags are durable, contain many compartments and are designed to distribute weight evenly across your shoulders and back. You can label each individual compartment so you always know exactly where to find everything.
3. Pack only the essentials
As the Boy Scouts say, "Always be prepared!" However, you don't need to bring the kitchen sink with you every time you leave the house with your baby.
Packing smart is about knowing what to leave behind. Create a packing list of things you know you'll need (as well as an emergency kit) and stick to it. Over time you can adjust the list until it's just right. Here's a list to get you started, suggested by Mom.me:
- Changing pad.
- Baby wipes.
- Diaper cream.
- Change of clothes.
- Bottle and formula.
A well-stocked diaper bag will keep your baby hygienic and happy when you're on the road. Remember to use only the gentlest baby hygiene products, such as Zoly™ Kids Baby Wipes, made with EDI purified water and a hint of aloe. Learn more at ZolyProducts.com.