As you know, a couple weeks ago I got to help plan a woodland baby shower for my friend Chloe. In between making backdrops and station signs and banners, I agonized over the perfect gift. Chlo is my first friend to get pregnant, so I don’t have a lot of experience with what new moms really want, and we’ve been friends for YEARS so just getting stuff off her registry didn’t seem personal enough. I know from wedding experience that people really just want the stuff they register for, but there must be a way to make that a bit more special.
After polling anyone I’ve ever met who had a baby, I realized that the one thing moms benefit the most from is an extra set of hands. Apparently mommy brain is real y’all, and the cure to forgetfulness is a backup plan. Thus was born the Baby Oops Travel Kit. A tote bag full of everything you need when you’re out on the town with baby and realize you didn’t pack enough diapers in your diaper bag, or an extra extra outfit, or you can’t find one of your babies socks in the car, or it gets chilly, or…well you get the point.
So what’s in the bag?
- baby shampoo
- baby lotion
- baby powder
- diaper cream
- burp cloths
- baby wipes
- infant tylenol
- disposable diaper bags
- disposable changing pads
- a “momergency” kit: lip balm, hygiene products, hair tie, gum
- extra outfit
- two individually packaged kits, with diapers and extra onesie for two sizes (size 1 and size 2 diapers and onesies)
- hat and mittens
Use the Dr. Seuss “Oh The Places You Go” iron on to make the tote bag perfectly suited to a baby, travel AND reusing for other purposes down the road.
And you can customize it as much as you need to! There are so many other things you could include. I tried to do a mix of Chloe’s registry and advice from every mom I knew. And the lady in the diaper cream aisle who stepped in when Justin and I had a borderline blow out about the difference between each option. Do what the diaper cream lady said.
I was so nervous leading up to the shower – would she like it? Would it make sense? Would everybody be like wtf, what do you even need that for? But it was super successful! I even got a round of applause afterwards (yes) from a group of equally clueless-about-babies attendees so that’s a 100% right there.
What would you include if you were making one of these travel kits?