Whats in my Diaper Bag! (For the bottle fed baby)

Helooooo Everyone! So if you guys have been following my posts, you may know that I had been looking all over the for perfect diaper bag. I finally settled on a Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote because I thought it was modern and stylish but also super sensible with plenty of pockets! I had it sent to England where we spent Christmas, but it didn’t actually arrive in time before we left to go back to Holland. Last weekend when Daniël was back there buying a car he picked it up for me and brought it home! Now I can finally start using it yayy!! It is so much more beautiful than I expected and it is the perfect size.  The bag comes with six large side pockets on the inside and one zipper pocket on the outside. It also comes with a Petunia Pickle Bottom wipes case and a changing mat. I absolutly adore it and I am so happy that this is the bag I decided to purchase!

Anyway, I have been looking at lots of “What’s in my Diaper Bag” posts all over the mommy-sphere to get an idea of what actually goes in a diaper bag. After reading a bunch of other blog posts, I feel like so many posts suggest putting so many things in your diaper bag and it just doesn’t seem practical. I think you don’t really need to tote around that much stuff. I know that it seems kind of daunting to leave the house with a teeny baby. (The first time I took Fé out of the house I was terrified!) But that doesn’t mean you need to pack everything but the kitchen sink. The most important thing your baby needs is you! So here is my practical list of whats in my diaper bag =)

Whats in My Diaper Bag?

1. Diapers, obvs!

So probably the most important thing to keep in your diaper bag is a stack of diapers. I keep about 4-5 pampers baby dry diapers in there at all times. They fit perfectly in one of the side pockets of the bag. I love the side pockets because they keep everything neat and organized and leave a ton of free space in the middle for bigger things!

2. Wipes

My Diaper Bag comes with a wipes case but I actually find it kind of impractical to use because its so small and petty hard to open. I just grabbed a pack of my pampers wipes  and stuck it in another one of the pockets and it fits just perfectly!

3. Bottles

Since Fé is bottle fed, I always carry around two Dr. Browns Bottles with me. We have glass bottles and plastic bottles at home, but I usually just take the plastic ones since they are much lighter and easier to carry around. Dr. Browns bottles also come with a cap and a small disk to seal off any liquid in the bottle to prevent spills! This is great if we are just popping out of the house for a little bit and I prepare a bottle in advance.

4. Formula dispenser

If I am going to be gone for more than an hour or so, I usually pack along enough formula to make a few bottles. There are a ton of different formula dispensers on the market but I prefer this one because it stores enough formula for multiple feedings and it is just plain simple! There are also dispensers like this one or this one which are also super simple and functional. There are also bottles that have formula chambers where you can release the formula with the push of a button! I don’t have any of those but I imagine they are super  cool and pretty functional. This bottle is specially designed to reduce colic and also has a formula chamber so it’s basically a win-win. The Mixie Bottle is also a popular bottle brand with a formula container.

5. Mini Water Bottle

I grab a few mini water bottles so I always have pure fresh water on hand to make Fé’s bottles. I like having the mini 8oz sized bottles because they are less bulky and I can just use one per feeding.

6. Burp cloths

I think its handy to pack one or two burp cloths because, you know, babies spit up like its their job. My auntie actually made me a bunch of burp cloths that are really awesome and I use them for everything, so we haven’t actually bought any burp cloths ourselves. Aden & Anais make really great muslin burp cloths in cute colors and patterns. Burts Bees Organic burp cloths are also nice and so are Gerber Baby’s Burp Cloths.

7. Muslin Swaddle

I also carry around one of my big Aden & Anais swaddle blankets  because they are so big and versatile! They can be used to cover the stroller or car seat in rain or sun, they can be used as a blanket, an emergency changing mat, a nursing cover (if you are nursing) and so much more! They are GIANT and super lightweight so they are just a really handy thing to carry around in your diaper bag!

8. Diaper Rash Cream

Fé, thankfully, hasn’t suffered from any diaper rash (knock on wood). But regardless, I LOVE Sudocrem and I lather it on her little butt just to prevent any rash. I love having a little tube of sudocrem in my diaper bag just in case! Sudocrem is AMAZING and I use it for everything, not just Fés little baby bottom. I also put it on my face, my hands, etc. My Mother-in-law even uses it on her horse to protect his little nose from the sun.

I live in Europe so sudocrem is everywhere, but I don’t think it has quite caught on in the States yet. When I checked on Amazon.com and I found that it is way more expensive to get in the States than it is here in Europe. I guess this means I am going to have to stock up before I move back to California. Anyway, I think Burts Bee’s has really nice diaper rash cream even though I haven’t used it. Aquaphor Baby Cream   is close to the same thing as sudocrem and it also has a ton of different uses. I think these are great things to have at all times in your diaper bag =)

9. Pacifier

Fé isn’t a HUGE fan of her pacifier, but we sometimes use it to tide her over until her next feeding or just to comfort her until we can get to her or until we get home. I always have one in my diaper bag for emergencies!

Another great product that I just discovered, are pacifier sanitizing wipes. I haven’t actually gotten any yet so they are not actually in my diaper bag, but I think they are such a great idea. If her pacifier ends up on the floor or is just plain dirty you we can just use these wipes to clean them. They are also great for bottles and anything else that goes in a baby’s mouth.

10. Pacifier Clip

Fé’s pacifiers have a sneaky way of ending up on the floor, so we have gotten a few pacifier clips to keep them close to her when she feeling like launching them out of her mouth (which happens all the freakin time!) These clips also come with a teether that Fé hasn’t used yet, but I imagine she will use them when she starts teething in a few months.

11. Change of Clothes

I have never actually had to change Fé’s clothes when we are out of the house. I have yet to experience a total baby “blowout”if you know what I mean. Regardless, I think it is important to be prepared so I have a onesie and a set of footed pajamas folded up inside of a plastic baggie. They fold up really small and barely take up any space in the bottom of my bag. The baggie is for any soiled clothes that may accompany said “blowout.”

12. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is great to have around, especially because you want your hands to be clean before feeding or before/after diaper changing. This organic hand sanitizer is alcohol-free so it is totally safe to use with your baby =)

12. Mom Essentials

In addition to all of these things for Fé, I also keep my wallet, keys, phone, lip balm, a tube of my favorite concealer sunglasses etc in my diaper bag. What I love about my Downtown Tote is that it looks like a cute purse and not a diaper bag! I even take it out when I am not with Fé just because it is so cute 😉

I hope this gave you some insight into what really goes into a diaper bag. To be honest, you don’t need to carry around a ton of stuff. Just a few essentials and you should be good to go! Good luck with all you littles!

Check back tomorrow for a Friday Favorites post =)

Whats in my Diaper Bag

Whats in my Diaper Bag
What's in my Diaper Bag
Whats in my Diaper Bag

The Gross Things Nobody Tells you about Pregnnacy

Helooooo everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend! Things were a little slow around here. Daniël was in England this weekend because we need to buy an english car before we move. So its just me and Fé here this weekend. It started out a little rough because on Friday Fé had to get her second round of vaccinations. She was pretty grumpy the whole evening and it was nearly impossible to get her to stop crying. It was pretty rough but she eventually passed out and she actually slept pretty well. She was probably so tired from all that crying. The rest of the weekend was pretty low-key. Just went into town and did a little shopping. I am using this weekend to get ahead of work on the blog and to get a jump start on packing to move.

Anyway, my sister-in-law in pregnant (yayy!) and I was inspired to write a little something about all the things during pregnancy that no one seems to talk about….the GROSS stuff. My sis-in-law asked when the “pregnancy glow”starts and to be honest, it doesn’t. For some lucky ladies I guess it does, but for me, it never really started. I suffered from a number of gross pregnancy symptoms. Symptoms that people don’t always talk about. So here goes…my list of all the gross pregnancy symptoms (the one no one talks about) Make sure to check out my pregnancy essentials for a list of all the products that got me through my pregnancy!

1. Acne

You thought that your acne would disappear after high school huh? Well, surprise, it comes back during pregnancy in full force. Actually this isn’t necessarily true. During pregnancy your hormones are all over the place (read all about pregnancy hormones here) which can cause breakouts. Fortunately for you your hormones even out around your second trimester and your acne may subside. If you are suffering from pregnancy related acne check out my guide to dealing with it!

2. Nosebleeds

Yes, your read right, nosebleeds. I had no idea that nosebleeds were a weird symptom of pregnancy. But in fact, they are! Pregnancy causes the blood vessels in your nose to expand, pair that with all that excess blood you are carrying around and you have a recipe for some nasty nosebleeds!

3. Hair, everywhere

You can thank your hormones for your voluptuous glowing locks! Unfortunately, your beautiful mane comes with a price. You will probably notice an increase in body hair. Your legs may grow at super speed, you may be growing a beard, or you may be sprouting some strange hairs on your nipples! During my pregnancy, I got stray hairs EVERYWHERE! I suggest investing in a pair of high quality tweezers to pluck those bad boys away!

4. Varicose Veins

During pregnancy you will have about 40% more blood pumping through your veins. Couple that with the fact that your growing uterus puts pressure on you Inferior Vena Cava (the large vein on the side of your body) causing all your arteries to swell. This leads to some gnarly looking swollen veins (varicose veins) that should go away after your pregnancy!

You may also get varicose veins ‘down there.’ I got vulvar varicose veins and my vagina basically looked like a swollen, purple, war zone during the last few months of my pregnancy. It was also really painful, especially if I stood or walked for too long. I haven’t been able to find much information on vulvar varicose veins on the World Wide Web, or find anyone else who also suffered with this during their pregnancy. If you suffered from vulvar varicose veins feel free to comment below or send me a message through my contact page!

5. Constipation

Your wild hormones will relax all of your muscles including your digestive tract. This means that things might not move along as well as they used to. 50% of women experience constipation during their pregnancy so don’t worry, you are not alone! Make sure you eat enough fiber and drink plenty of water. Also add dates to your diet (they also have awesome benefits for pregnant woman, read about that here!) You may also want to try sipping on some camomile tea as it helps relax your intestines!

6. Hemorrhoids

Constipation comes hand in hand with hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are basically varicose veins in your anus and if you are constipated (and squeezing a little too hard) they may just pop out or become swollen and painful. To avoid hemorrhoids try so stay regular by following the same advice as for constipation. Also try to do kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor and keep things inside (if you know what I mean ;))

7. You will pee yourself

Yes, I said it. You will probably pee yourself! Your muscles down there will relax so much that you let some pee slip out every once in a while! Remember to do your kegels to keep your pelvic floor strong.

I remember the first time I peed myself very clearly. My husband and I were driving from Hungary to Serbia and we were stopped while we were crossing the border. We were waiting in line at the border crossing getting a vignette (to drive our car in Serbia) and I had to run to the car to get something and I completely wet my pants! I was so embarrassed!

If you are worried about it, you can always get some thin panty liners or pads to help protect you a little bit 😉 It may give you peace of mind just to know that in case you do let out a tinkle, you are covered!

8. You will fart, without even realizing it

Since your pelvic floor muscles will completely relax, not only will you pee yourself but you will also pass a lot of gas. Pregnancy also makes you gassier than usual. Excess gas and a lack of pelvic floor control can lead to some sneaky farts that you may not even know about!

9. You will sweat like crazy

Your hormones are going all over the place so your body temperature will fluctuate more than usual. Thus, you will probably sweat more than usual. Being pregnant is basically like going through menopause (hormone-wise that is). If you are anything like me, you will find yourself bundling up under a blanket in lays of clothing, only to throw them all off a few minutes later!

10. You may be extra stinky!

Your excessive sweating may be making you a little bit stinker than usual. Either that, or it’s your incredible super-human sense of smell. During my pregnancy I thought I was super smelly all the time, but whenever I asked my husband, he said he didn’t smell anything. Whether I was actually smellier than usual or I just thought I was, I invested in some really great clinical strength deodorant!

11. Snoring

Pregnancy can cause a bunch of different sleep problems including snoring. Your nasal passages will swell and you will gain some weight which will turn you into a snoring grandpa when you hit the sack. My husband woke me up more times than I can count because I was snoring so loudly!

To prevent snoring, try to only gain as much weight as you need to by following a healthy pregnancy diet. You can also try using some nasal strips at bedtime, propping up your pillow so you sleep on a slight incline, or sleep on your left side! Or you can give your partner some earplugs and tell them to suck it up 😉

12. Bleeding gums 

Your swollen veins and excess blood will make your gums a little bit more sensitive than usual. This is why dentists tell you to be extra picky about your oral hygiene during pregnancy! You may find that your gums are bleeding more than they did before or you have more problems with your teeth.

Many insurance companies offer better oral health coverage during your pregnancy. I suggest checking with your insurance company and taking advantage of this added bonus!

13. Major Heartburn

I suffered from HORRIBLE heartburn during the last few months of pregnancy. I could barely sleep and ended up sleeping practically sitting up because it was so painful. Since your muscles are relaxed, the valve from your stomach to your esophagus is also relaxed which allows acid to slip back up, which causes heartburn. If you are experiencing heartburn check out these tips on how to deal with it!

14. Swelling, down there!

It’s no secret that you will swell up everywhere, all the way from your face to your ankles. But you will also swell up in your lady parts. The weight of your uterus and your growing baby puts an incredible amount of pressure on your pelvis and lady area. Nobody seems to talk about this, but your female flower will blossom (quite literally if you think about it) and will probably look nothing like what it looked like before. It may also make sex more painful, or the look of it may totally put your partner off (sorry but it’s the honest truth). Thankfully, the swelling should completely go away after your baby is born and your lady parts will return to normal.

If you are having problems with this you may want to invest in a maternity support belt to add support and take pressure off of your pelvis.

Side note: Some ladies may be worried about what their lady parts will look like after pregnancy. With proper rest and a few pelvic floor exercises, you should be back to your pre-pregnancy self in no time!

15. Itchy skin or rashes

This is a random and weird pregnancy symptom, but your hormones may cause skin irritation. If you have really dry skin or are prone to getting eczema or skin rashes you may experience worse than usual skin issues. I spoke with a women when I was in my first trimester who said that her eczema was so bad at the end of her pregnancy she was just so happy not to be pregnant anymore! She said she would take childbirth over the last few months of her pregnancy any day.

Remember…

I know that this post isn’t very encouraging for all you mamas-to-be but remember that it will all be over soon enough. All these pregnancy related symptoms will go away after pregnancy. Holding your baby in your arms for the first time will make you forget all about the horrors of pregnancy. At the end of 9 or 10 long months of pregnancy you can say that you did one of the hardest and most beautiful things a woman can do. Everything will be worth it in the end! Hang in there mama <3

Gross Pregnancy Symptoms
Gross Pregnancy Symptoms
Gross Pregnancy Symptoms
Gross Pregnancy Symptoms