Selecting a particular brand of each essential that you’ve tried and trust is sufficient. For James and I, we use cloversoft for our wet wipes, Betadine for our hand sanitisers and Buds for our nappy cream. We alternate between Le Petite Basics’ and Aden and Silky Swaddles and last but not least use Hegen as our feeding bottle of choice. It’s anti-colic and the elliptical-shaped silicone teat closely mimics a mother’s breast. So far we haven’t faced any issues with bottle rejection. Moreover, the Hegen breast pump, feeding and storage bottles all use the same containers which it very easy for to transfer milk that’s in the fridge or breast pump to the feed bottle (just switch the attachments!) before a day out.
Bonus section: These aren’t exactly essentials for a diaper bag, but I like to sneak in a few products for mummy just in case I need the added boost or glam up! There’s a small detachable pouch in the diaper bag in which I put a lip stick from Shu Uemura to look instantly made up, Thermal Spring Water Spring from Avene for a hydration boost to my skin and the Lancome’s Genifique Light Pearl Eye & Lash Concentrate to help the puffy eyes and ever-growing eye bags. If there was a memo which says mums taking care of newborns have to be haggard, I didn’t get it.