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Gym childcare centers are a glorious, heaven-sent gift to parents everywhere. Your little ones get to play with new friends, and you get to work out, take a fitness class, or sneak in a quick nap on a yoga mat in the corner. Winning all around.

With 1-2 hour time limits, deciding what to pack and not to back in a diaper bag can be a bit confusing. Do you need to include food? Toys? This list of do’s and don’ts will walk you through what to pack in your toddler’s diaper bag when s/he is visiting a gym childcare center.

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Gym Childcare Centers: Diaper Bag Do’s and Don’ts for Toddlers


Pack These


1. Diapers

Diapers….in a diaper bag. Groundbreaking.

Kind of common sense, I know. But make sure that you have diapers in your diaper bag. Sometimes they childcare center will have them on hand, but you don’t want to chance it.


2. Wipes

Again, sort of a no-brainer, but make sure you have wipes in there, too.


3. Diaper Rash Cream

One thing that always surprises me about the kind-hearted folks who work in the childcare industry is how much they care about making sure my kid’s tush is diaper rash free. They’re amazing about it, actually. So I always make sure to have my diaper rash cream of choice on-hand in the diaper bag and ready to go.

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4. Extra Clothes

I’m awful at remembering extra clothes. As a result, my sweet grubby child has been sent home in “the spare outfit” that exists in most childcare centers…



…as well as in the t-shirt that I worked out in, tied into a small dress…



Don’t be like me, y’all. Put extra clothes in the dang bag.


5. Water Bottle

Once your little ones are able to drink water, make a habit of packing a water bottle for them everywhere they go. It’s a diaper bag standard in our house, and when they go to the gym is no exception.

You’ll be amazed at how much they play while they’re there…and how thirsty they are afterwards.



Skip These

1. Snacks

Unless your child has a medical need to have snacks on hand, skipping snacks is usually a good call. Make sure your little one is fed before dropping them off, and keep a snack on-hand in the car for afterwards if you’re worried, but don’t leave it to the childcare staff to feed your child (and fend off the other kids who want to share).


2. Toys

Just let your kids play with what’s on-hand in the childcare center. They may be sad about not having their favorite toy, but they’ll be even sadder if their favorite toy is lost or broken.



What do you pack in your diaper bag when your kiddo heads to the gym play center? Let me know in the comments!