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baby overnight bag grandparent

While it is a rare occasion that my husband I and go anywhere without the kids, we do like to get out of the house once in a while for a date night. These nights are usually not an overnight trip, but we still like to have a bag ready to go for heading up to Grandma and Grandpa’s — even if it is just an ‘afternoon bag’ instead of an overnight bag.

What to pack for baby

baby bag night away

After four kids, we have it pretty nailed down as to what we like to send along with the baby so that he is just as comfortable as if he were at home. Here is what typically makes it into our bag (these are all items that stay in the bag and are used only at Grandma’s!):

  • An easy to carry bag (if they go for a walk the backpack style bag works well)
  • Huggies® Little Snugglers (because they offer the best skin care for our baby. They have GentleAbsorb liners that have tiny, soft pillows for a cushiony layer of protection between baby’s skin and any mess. They are also a low priced option that you can get at Walmart for only $8.97!)

Huggies in store

  • Huggies® Natural Care Wipes (because they are super soft and great for sensitive skin, but still thick enough to handle any mess)
  • Drool bibs (because babies drool…a lot)
  • Regular bibs (for when baby starts solids)
  • Soft washcloths (whether Grandma gives baby a bath, or just cleans his face, a soft washcloth is great for baby)
  • A little something extra for Grandma and Grandpa for taking such good care of our baby
  • Essentials like food (breast or organic baby formula milk), a favorite toy or pacifier, and an extra change of clothes or two — just in case

Making your to-do list easier

A new baby have you feeling like you’ve got “baby brain”?

Forgetting lots of things and need a list to keep you on task or remind you of things, or perhaps keep track of that shopping list for your baby bag?

Check out these easy to make DIY dry erase board to-do lists that will help you keep track of all your baby needs, to-do’s, or anything else you may forget! The best part — you can make these for under $5!

fridge task list DIY dry erase board

DIY Dry Erase Board


You can get all of the supplies needed from the Dollar Store if you don’t already have these things on hand. This means that the total cost for this entire project will be less than $5 if you need to buy everything, including the dry erase markers. I was able to use frames I already had for the kids’ task lists, so those cost me nothing to make!

  • Simple picture frame
  • Stick on magnets
  • Dry erase marker
  • To-Do list template (below)

DIY Dry Erase Board Supplies


  • Peel off the paper strips from the magnets and place around each side of your frame. You want to be sure will be strong enough to stay on your refrigerator (alternately, you can skip this step and use wall picture hanging strips instead by following the package instructions).

peel and stick magnet

diy dry erase back picture frame

  • Be sure to remove the kickstand in the back of the frame if it has one so that the frame will be level to your refrigerator. I covered mine at first but realized it worked better on my fridge with the cardboard completely removed. Do whatever works for you.

picture frame back

  • Insert the To-Do list printout of your choice and you are set! Click on each image below for a downloadable version of the print for yourself.
  • Place on the fridge and enjoy your newly organized self. 🙂

Here are a few pictures of your newly created (easy to make) DIY dry erase board in action so you can see how well this works.

DIY Picture Frame Dry Erase Board

It erases easily too!

DIY Dry Erase board

Perfect for your lists, with or without the printables below.

DIY Dry Erase task list

Free Printables for your DIY Dry Erase Board

Mommy To Do List Printable (click to download)

To Do List Printable

Boy To Do List/Chore Chart Printable (click to download)

task list boy chore chart

Girl To Do List/Chore Chart Printable (click to download)

Girl task list chore chart

What do you usually send along with your babies when visiting grandparents?
Will this easy DIY dry erase board help you remember what to pack?