To stay active with a little one with not so little allergies, a well stocked diaper bag is a must. I am an adoring fan of these essentials:
Born Free glass bottles
Glass was recommended as safest for W’s specialized formula. I hesitated that glass would not be ideal for our lifestyle but actually found it quite convenient. Glass seems to clean easier than plastic, formula leaves less residue, and the glass never once broke in two years of on-the-go use. The Born Free set also met our needs for flow control.
Disposable diaper selection usually comes down to personal preference for design and cost. For us, it came down to reactions. Some diapers we tried caused my lips to swell and some gave the littles’ red rashes, while others smelled like chemicals. Sure, I might prefer an aqua polka dot to Winnie the Pooh, but ultimately, the Little Snugglers won out as the most accommodating for our families’ allergies.
As with the diapers, these are hypoallergenic and caused no allergic reactions for me or the babies (while other brands and types did). I’m no chemist so while I can’t explain why, I just know that I’ve invested a small fortune in Huggies products.
The Aden + Anais cotton muslin blankets are hypoallergenic, absorbent, and the ideal weight and size for a multitude of needs. With baby food-related allergies, spit up and other not so pleasant liquids abound, and the blankets are perfect for both soaking up and/or wiping off surfaces. They are also substantially larger (and substantially cuter!) than most burp cloths so can absorb quite a bit or tuck up around a wee one, depending on that day’s need, while still folding and fitting easily into a diaper bag.
One of our pediatric allergists suggested the Nuk or MAM pacifier as their designs include holes on the sides which allow for more air flow and provides less surface area to cause a skin reaction. The silicone nipple is a must for those with latex allergies.
These utensils also came recommended as they are silicone (so no latex), dishwasher safe, and free from BPA and other things one doesn’t want in their little’s mouth.
Wooden and cotton toys
Modern day toy makers are increasingly sticking to wood, which is certainly more hypoallergenic than a material I may or may not be able to pronounce. When scouting soft toys to throw in the diaper bag, cotton is the go-to.
Happy diapering and adventuring!