You're not sure how it's possible, but somehow it has been *six whole months* since your little one entered the world. (Tear!) Inevitable learning curve aside, I hope that you're at the point in your parenthood journey where you're not only feeling more confident, but are also feeling prepared to handle any situation both at home and on the go.
With every successful outing and every mom-baby adventure, you're inching further from being a "new mom" and closer to pro-level. You've toted a diaper bag for half a year now, so packing it has become second nature. Well, actually, packing a diaper bag for a newborn has become second nature, but now your baby is doing all sorts of incredible things they couldn't a few months ago. Milestones like growing teeth, crawling, and experiencing new foods require a whole new set of necessities.
As the changes roll in fast and furious, so too must your diaper bag strategy adapt, which is why Romper is excited to partner with Pampers Swaddlers to outline all the extra products you'll want to make sure you have handy as your little one grows up. One key rule that helped me: Whatever your baby needs and likes at home, they'll still need and like when you're on the go, so definitely feel free to add that favorite blankie or lovie to your own list of essentials.
First Up, Remember Those Finger Foods
Welcome to the era of snack food messes in your car! New flavors help keep your 6-month-old entertained and excited, so it's a win-win for both of you as you're out and about. Stocking up on their favorite age-appropriate snacks like puffs, teething biscuits, or pureed pouches can make car rides and outings go that much smoother. It can also help keep them occupied almost anywhere, which is never a bad thing.
Obviously, Don't Forget Diapers
I get it: We're talking about diaper bag essentials, so this part is a no-brainer, but the importance of double-checking that you have plenty of the changing essentials before you leave the house cannot be understated. Always throw a few extra Pampers Swaddlers into your bag before leaving the house, since they're designed to keep your baby's comfort — and top-of-the-line protection against messes — as top priorities.
Take Along The Teethers
Teething is serious business, so teethers that soothe your baby's sore gums and keep them busy as you go about your day are welcomed additions to your ever-evolving diaper bag lineup. Think teething rings and toys that are designed to hold up against fresh little choppers. With so many options to choose from, feel free to let your little one decide what works best for them.
Grab Toys Suited For Their Curious Mind
Babies around six months old are just starting to explore the world around them, and there's no stopping them now. They're super fascinated by color, texture, and sound, so pack their current favorite toys that incorporate all three! They'll have fun happily playing away, and you'll have peace of mind knowing they're entertained and amused.
And Lastly, Never Leave Home Without Wipes
"I can handle this without wipes," said no mom ever. Messes happen, and once your newborn turns into a drooling, snacking infant, they'll need more TLC than ever before. At this stage of the game it's still a good idea to choose an unscented and gentle option like Pampers Sensitive wipes, ideal for sensitive skin and messes of all kinds.
This post is sponsored by Pampers Swaddlers.