When I think about everything I used to pack in Mabel’s diaper bag it really makes me laugh. If we were going out for just an hour let’s say, I’d pack as if we were going away for weeks. I’m not kidding. I was so overly prepared it’s pretty comical. I’m a little embarrassed to get into what was in the depths of this bag. Let’s just say I’m not called a worrywart for nothin’! In all fairness, I was a first-time mom and it’s kind of our rite of passage to pack whatever we please in our diaper bags first time round. So there! Today, I’m happy to say that since having had Evelyn, I’ve fine-tuned my diaper bag. “Much more streamlined,” as Bruce would say :/
What I can’t leave home without:
Skip Hop diaper changing station and clutch : This was passed down to Evelyn from Mabel. It holds all my essentials. Diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer . I also throw a small tube of Aquaphor and Weleda calendula diaper rash cream . I like having a roll of these plastic bags in case there’s a stinky diaper or a child that needs to vomit. You just never know 😉
Bumkins Clear Travel bags : I like my things organized and in their individual compartments. These see-through individual travel bags are great from Bumkins . I don’t like having items floating around within my bag. I use one for Mabel’s restroom needs. Toilet seat covers , hand wipes and Cottonelle wipes . I use the smaller bag as my first aid kit. That holds band aids, Neosporin on-the-go , nail scissors, hair-tie, Tylenol, Claritin , and sunscreen. The other keeps some activities for the girls in case I don’t have my restaurant busy bag on hand. I love this mini Buddha Board and Beaver Books no mess coloring options (you’ll thank me for these ones) and of course, crayons . I also like to throw in two of these for Evelyn . They are small and it’ll keep her occupied for a little.
Sling : I used to have a bigger and bulkier baby carrier that would just spill out of my bag. Slings so compact which makes this item a must to keep in your diaper bag. Just another reason to love babywearing .
Today, I’m happy to say that since having had Evelyn, I’ve fine-tuned my diaper bag...
Wet and dry bag : I use this to keep an extra change of clothes, including sun hats for Evelyn and Mabel. If a change of clothes is needed, you bet the soiled ones will need to go right back into the “wet side.” It’s a two hold compartment bag hence the name wet and dry bag. Zip up the wet side and it’ll keep everything else in your bag dry and clean. It’s great if you are using cloth diapers. Also, this bag comes with us each week to swim class too. Great for those wet bathing suits.
Emergency Tags : I think having these tags are a must. I list my children’s name and address. Emergency contact numbers. I have it in a luggage tag holder on our diaper bag and strollers.
Sippy cups : I learned the hard way by leaving the house without sippy cups one day. We went out for a quick lunch. Stopped in at a what I thought was a kid-friendly restaurant in the city. When we sat, two wine glasses filled with water for my Very young children were placed in front of them. I asked if they had cups with straws for the youngins–they looked at me like I was crazy. We had a problem. Note to self, always pack kid-friendly cups.
Snack bags : Save the planet! I stopped using those plastic ziplock bags. I love these reusable snack bags. Like most of us, I can’t leave the house without snacks for my kids and myself for that matter. I throw some almonds in for me and whatever dry snacks I have for my kids that day.
Diaper Bag Backpack : Now what are you holding all this in? I still have a diaper BAG and that’s only because it has a special meaning to me. My step-daughters bought me this fabulous Goyard bag to act as my diaper bag for Mabel, with her initials on it. I can’t part with it–but I have to say juggling a bag and a baby is not an easy task. If I could make a suggestion? Get yourself a diaper bag BACKPACK . That way you are hands-free to deal with your child and not having to sling your bag over your shoulder that keeps falling off every time you go to bend to pick up your child. You know what I’m talking about!? Bruce sure does 🙂 –I alternate but I have to say using a backpack has made life with two kids easier to handle those two kids while out and about.
Did I say I fine-tuned my bag?! Still sounds like a lot of stuff, huh?! Lol. What are your must-haves? Would love to here about your must-haves. What have I left out?