Haha, it can seem like a lot! I think it kind of depends on how many kids you have and how old they are, really. I’ve witnessed and experienced people saying first time moms, like myself, are silly and over do it. I hate that. I like to be prepared and kids…you just never know! It’s like packing a suitcase for a vacation. You pack for what you’re doing and also some things for just in case.
I (ftm of 2YO) have a backpack diaper bag that I got from Walmart. It was affordable and practical. It even has a side pocket with a cut out for wipes! Genius! It is an average-sized bag, I guess.
[name_f]My[/name_f] son was a pandemic baby, so we didn’t go out often at all. Wipes, diapers, extra onesies, a change mat, wash cloths in case he spit up, that sort of thing.
Now that he is older, we have:
*a dry/wet bag. We do cloth diapers part time and got it for them but it is SO useful! There are two compartments. One we put spare diapers, a swim diaper and spare clothes. The other has a waterproof lining and that’s where we can put soiled or wet items until we get home. 100% recommend them to any parent or care giver.
*a first aid kit. Things happen. I’d rather have it than not.
*wipes and diapers
*usually a full sippy cup and a juice box in the insulated pouch.
*sunblock, bug spray
*a few pads for myself, just in case (I don’t carry a purse when I lug the backpack around)
*change mat. Very useful. Ours is the size of a small blanket.
*toys and often random junk that gets tossed in lol
It sounds like a lot but I find it manageable. It allows me to be prepared while also being practical and efficient. I know some parents who don’t take any sort of bag. I know some moms who pack a full stroller or wagon. Everything in between. I found those lists exhausting, too. With everything going on, it has taken us awhile to figure out what works for our family. When your time comes, you’ll find out what works for you. It is trial and error but don’t feel like you have to conform to any certain way
[name_f]Edit[/name_f]: I’m from the US, by the way.