What do you pack in a diaper bag when you have twins? Getting out and about with baby twins is no easy feat! That's why it is so important to carefully pack a diaper bag with essentials, without overloading yourself. After all, you only have two hands, and they are already full of babies! Yet, you don't want to get caught unprepared. Here's a list of must-have items for your diaper bag.
Yep, it is called a diaper bag after all! You'll want to carry an extra stash of diapers for those times when you need to make a change on the run. The question is: how many? Too few, and you'll come up short. Too many, and you won't have room for other necessities. Generally, try to carry a minimum of 6, or 3 per baby. If you anticipate that you will be out and about for an extended period of time, 10-12 may be a good bet. Always replenish before you head out on the next trip. And don't forget to update with new diapers as your babies grow. Those newborn-sizes that you stashed in the bag when your babies were one month old won't do you much good six months down the road.
A package of wipes is a requirement for diaper changes on the go. A travel-size package won't clutter up your bag, but may not contain enough wipes to meet the needs of two babies. Look for a refillable container so that you can replenish your stock when necessary. Make sure that your container seals securely so that the wipes don't dry out. A zip-top plastic bag will work just fine. As your twins get older and don't need changing as frequently, wipes are still a handy item for a diaper bag because you can use them to tidy up grubby hands and faces, or to wipe up spills.
3. Plastic Bags
Pack a couple of ziptop plastic bags. You'll find numerous uses for them. The most obvious is to dispose of the double dose of dirty diapers that your twins will inevitably generate when there's no trash can handy. But they are also useful for holding dirty or wet items of clothing until you can get them home and into the laundry. And if your outings ever include opportunities for water play, they are invaluable for keeping your important items -- like cell phones and keys -- dry and secure. You never know when you'll need them, and they take up minimal space in the bag, so stash a few inside. Include both small and large sizes.
4. Extra Clothes
Inevitably, you will encounter a situation where you need a change of clothes. Diaper disasters, spit up, spills and playtime -- babies can be messy! Pack a change of clothes for each baby Don't forget to rotate in new outfits to match the babies' current sizes as well as the season. And pack an extra shirt for yourself. A simple t-shirt will do; you can't imagine how much you will appreciate a clean change of clothes when the time comes. (When you've been spit up on, thrown up on, or otherwise "marked as mom" by your twins!)
5. Hand Sanitizer
You don't always have access to a sink and soap when you're out and about with twins. For those times, a small container of hand sanitizer comes in, ummmm, "handy" after diaper changes. While wipes will also work, I prefer the antibacterial hand sanitizer for extra efficiency and effectiveness.
Minimum one, one per baby is optimal. You can use blankets in numerous ways. Spread it out as a changing station. Too cold? It's a baby wrap. Too warm? Drape it as a sun shade. Look for thin material that will pack tightly so that it doesn't consume all the space in your bag. Keep it rolled up or tightly folded to stay organized. You could even package them in a plastic bag (see #3) for extra efficiency; keep your blankies tidy and clean, and then you'll have a ziptop bag on hand when you need it!
7. Bibs/Burp Cloths
Depending on the age of your twins or multiples, you'll need a stash of bibs and/or burp cloths. They'll help protect clothing (so that you won't need #4 quite as often!) from spills, drool and spit up. Soft cloth diapers make excellent burp cloths and can also serve many other uses, including a substitute blanket (see #6) in warmer weather.
8. Food and Water
Experienced parents know - the secret to sanity is snacks! You never know when hunger cries will commence -- either from the babies or from you! If you are nursing your babies, you're already carrying your food with you, but you need to prepare for your own hunger pangs. Carry a small, nutritious snack such as a package of nuts or a granola bar. And don't forget a bottle of water! You'll save some cash if you bring it from home instead of having to purchase it on the go. For bottle-fed babies or older babies on solid food, pack a meal's worth of food for each baby in case you need to feed while you're out and about.
9. Emergency Kit
Be prepared - it's the motto of the scouts, and it's a good motto for parents of twins also! Be prepared for emergencies with a small collection of items assembled into sort of a first-aid kit. A small box or even plastic bag (don't forget #3!) can hold items such as: bandaids, antiseptic ointment, pain reliever (for both babies and parents), diaper rash cream, teething ointment, etc. A small pair of scissors may also be useful. Also consider some personal hygiene items: toothbrush/toothpaste or mints, tampons or sanitary napkins, small brush or comb, lip balm, hand lotion. A twenty dollar bill and a couple of quarters and you're ready for any eventuality.
10. Toys, Trinkets and Teethers
Think entertainment. If you're stuck in a waiting game, what can you use to keep those babies content? Small toys, books and teethers will save the day. Remember to refresh your inventory as your babies get older and their needs change.