Once your baby becomes a toddler, you’ll no longer need some of the things you’ve been carrying with you in your diaper bag. Several items will need to be replaced with a few new things. You probably don’t need a swaddle blanket or teethers or your breastfeeding items (unless you are still breastfeeding). Instead, you’ll need more snacks (because that is what toddlers always want) and activities to keep them preoccupied. People have been asking me what I carry with me for my toddler, so today, I’m sharing what’s in my toddler bag so you can see what I bring for my growing boy and me.
And if you want a list to help you pack your toddler’s diaper/mommy bag, at the end of this article, there is a checklist you can download!
Take a Look at What’s In My Toddler Bag
I’m no longer using a designated diaper bag, even though you definitely still can. I’ve just found it helpful to be able to wear a bag so that I can transition my things for work and my son’s things when we’re together. I found this Satchel Bag from GiGi New York and it’s been fantastic for work and motherhood. It’s an investment piece, but I seriously can’t recommend it enough. I love all of the compartments, how I can keep everything organized, and how I can wear it over my shoulder or on my arm as a tote, and I think it’s gorgeous. Let me show you what I’m talking about as we look inside. 🙂
Nourishment for Mommy
It’s so important to have snacks on hand for yourself and stay hydrated throughout the day. This beautiful Porter bundle set is crafted with durable ceramic and is wrapped in protective matte silicone. The mug is a high-quality replacement for disposable, plastic, or metal to-go mugs. It’s perfect for my morning coffee. The ceramic bowl is great for transporting a salad, grain bowl, or leftovers. And the reusable water bottle is beautiful, durable, made of lightweight glass, and wrapped in protective matte silicone.
I have a Storq wet bag inside my toddler bag purse that is like a whole other bag. Inside my wet bag, I have some of the toddler care essentials:
- travel wipes
- diaper balm
- hand sanitizer
- changing pad
- extra pair of clean toddler clothes
- Supergoop kids sunscreen: their everyday lotion and their mineral stick
Items to Play with
If you’re going out to eat, waiting in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office, or anywhere outside the house with your toddler, you need items to keep your little one happy and entertained. In one section of my toddler bag, I have crayons, a coloring book, and these adorable animal stacker blocks.
I have even more items in another zipper compartment to keep my son busy. I have one of his favorite books, flash cards, a stasher bag with a bubbles container (bubbles will always make him smile), and other small toys.
Toddlers also make their moms feel like they are their snack ladies. They are always coming up to us for snacks. At least my toddler is. That’s why I pack snacks that won’t expire as quickly in my toddler bag. The ones in my bag right now are:
I have them all inside a Stasher bag. If you haven’t heard of Stasher, you’re missing out. These food-grade silicone bags are a safe alternative to plastic. You can use them for food and knick-knacks alike! Their pinch-loc technology makes them easy to seal and leak proof to boot. Put them in the microwave, freezer, boiling water, dishwasher, and oven! They are truly amazing and a mom’s best friend.
Items for Mom
I also have to have my essentials, so in another section of my purse, I carry:
- sunscreen: Supergoop CC cream and setting powder to protect my skin from the sun + look good at the same time!
- my cell phone
- phone charger
- business cards
It can be busy caring for a toddler. These are the items that help us get through the day. Any items that you recommend us adding and sharing?
And here’s our toddler bag checklist so you can know exactly what to pack in your toddler bag!