Finding out you’re going to have not one, but multiple babies can be exciting, yet extremely scary. As any parent knows, packing a diaper bag is a lot harder than it sounds – and that’s just for one baby! So, how do you go about packing a diaper bag for multiple babies and is there even a bag big enough to fit everything in that you’re going to need?
The good news is, there are bags big enough to cater to multiple child families. Here, you’ll discover some of the top diaper bag essentials for parents with multiple babies.
Diapers And Pet Bags
Ok, so diapers are a pretty obvious diaper bag essential, but how many will you need? Well, for a single baby, it’s always recommended to take at least two spare diapers with you. Obviously, it depends upon how long you envisage being out of the house, but generally, two spare diapers per baby are recommended. So, if you have twins, take at least four additional diapers with you and so on.
The second is a little more unusual but exceptionally handy! Pet waste bags can be a godsend when it comes to particularly stinky diapers. When you’re out with your little ones, there isn’t always a wastebasket to throw the diapers in after you’ve changed baby. This means you’re sometimes going to need to carry the dirty diaper around with you. Pet waste bags are strong, often scented bags, which can help to minimize the smell and provide a hygienic storage option until you can find a suitable wastebasket.
If you’re reluctant to spend money on pet waste bags, there are a few cheaper alternatives. Empty bread bags are a good example as they are easy to tie and you’ll be able to fit at least two dirty diapers in there.
Baby Wipes And Sanitizing Spray
Another essential item that should be in every diaper bag is baby wipes. These can do numerous jobs, so they can actually limit the number of other essentials you’ll need.
For example, they’re great for diaper changes, wiping runny noses and cleaning up vomit, wiping down surfaces and even cleaning the car. The amount of baby wipes you’ll get through is surprising so always make sure you’ve got a spare pack in your diaper bag.
Sanitizing spray is another essential you won’t want to forget. It can be used to clean surfaces after a diaper change, as well as to clean your hands.
Extra clothing should always be taken with you, regardless of how little time you plan to be out. Never underestimate your baby’s ability to ruin an outfit within just five minutes! As you’ve got multiple babies to worry about, it’s a good idea to pack at least one spare change of clothes for each baby.
You might want to pack additional clothing for yourself too. Even just a spare top can come in extremely useful in the event one, or more of your babies, spit up onto you.
Breastfeeding in public can be difficult enough with one baby, but it can prove almost impossible if you have twins, triplets or quadruplets! So, feeding bottles can prove to be absolutely essential.
However, it can get a little tricky with multiple babies as each will have their own preference over the type of bottles they prefer. This means you’re going to need to make sure you have the right feeding bottles to suit each baby. It’s also a good idea to label the bottles so you know which one should be used for each baby.
Not all parents are a fan of pacifiers, but if you aren’t opposed to using them they can make your life so much easier when you’re out with your little ones. One pacifier for each baby and perhaps even a spare one just in case would be ideal. When you have multiple babies, you know that just one unhappy baby can set off a loud, chain of unhappy babies! So, to save your sanity, a pacifier can stop a potentially chaotic multiple baby meltdown before it’s even begun.
You need all of the help you can get when it comes to raising multiple babies, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of a pacifier if you need to.
Swaddling blankets may not be something you’ve really thought about taking with you, but they can prove invaluable. Not only can they help to comfort your babies, but they can also be used for multiple purposes. You can double them up as a stroller shade and they can also be used a nursing cover for example.
There’s a lot of different swaddling blankets on the market so it’s a good idea to do your research prior to choosing one for your babies. Once you’ve found one you like, you’ll want to invest in one for each baby.
This one’s for you. Being hungry is no joke, yet it’s a real possibility when you’re the parent of multiple babies! It can be difficult finding the time to enjoy a nice, filling breakfast. So, if you’re venturing out and you’re running low on energy, healthy snacks are essential. Think energy-rich snacks such as nuts and fruit.
While sugary snacks may give you a quick spike of energy, the rush won’t last for long and you’ll end up feeling worse than you did before snacking.
The above are just some of the main essentials you’ll need. As you can see, you’re going to need a pretty large bag to fit everything into. There are some excellent large diaper bags on the market which are specifically designed for families with multiple babies. So, it’s definitely worthwhile investing in the larger bags!
Is there anything we’ve missed out you feel should be included in a diaper bag for multiple babies? Let us know below!