Before becoming a mom, I’ve always thought diaper bags symbolized the unglamorous face of motherhood. Now that I am a mom, I still think diaper bags are a bit of a torment. Just a bit. Especially when you leave for the day and forget them at home! But hey, they are essential to caring for the little one. Even though they are likely bulky, massive, and messy.
I organized Brielle’s first diaper bag several weeks before she was born. Since then, I’ve gone through several bags, and reorganized over and over until I was satisfied with the arrangement. For now. This crucial tote now carries Brielle’s essentials, as well as mine since I’ve almost given up on carrying an extra handbag because I have exactly two hands. And while diaper bags can be a headache to pack, it doesn’t have to be an eyesore.
To start, I chose a sizeable bag that I already own and one that I actually like, the large Longchamp Le Pliage tote. I also use a product that I just recently got and have been loving—the Life in Play diaper compartmentalizer—to help sort different things in separate sections for easy reach. With this organizer, I can turn any bag into a diaper bag by simply removing and inserting the organizer from bag to bag. I carry only the very essentials, and several trinkets that are extra or for emergency use. I like to keep it light and practical. Here are a few million things inside my diaper bag.
- Diapers – I bring at least 5 diapers for a day out, and refill them right when we return home so there’s always a full stock in the bag (especially convenient for those running-late days).
- Wet tissue – I make sure to use fragrance-free and a known baby brand. We like the generic Pigeon one so far.
- Dry tissue – I get a special super soft tissue meant for babies and they really make a difference.
- Changing mat – When we are out and about, R and I change Brielle whenever and wherever she needs a diaper change, and this changing mat is great as a makeshift changing station.
- Small plastic bags – For throwing out dirty diapers.
- Diaper cream – I use the Sebamed diaper cream sporadically, just when I feel baby needs it.
- Onesies – One short-sleeve and one long-sleeve.
- Long pants – For in case it gets cold or to ward off mosquitoes.
- Socks – A couple of them, just in case.
- Bib – For when baby bottle-feeds.
- Bottle – When baby is drinking right away. I keep my cooler bag and ice packs in my separate pumping bag.
- Nursing cover – An absolute necessity!
- Carrier/pouch – I just recently got this baby carrier/pouch by MyBabyPouch, an uber simple pouch that wraps baby when I carry and rock her. Brielle has always had trouble falling asleep and this has been a lifesaver!
- Blanket – A lightweight one since we live in a hot climate, to keep her legs warm while she sits in the stroller.
- Book – A tiny quick read.
- Sound toy – A distraction for baby and something she can hold.
- Pacifier – For real emergencies, which we almost never use.
- Food and mouth wipes – These are great for a quick wipe for all over baby.
- Pacifier and toy wipes – Don’t know that we need a specific kind of wipes just for pacifier and toys, but since we have them…
- Hand sanitizer – Especially for R, and anyone and everyone who gets close! Ha!
- Baby oil – To soothe baby and because I love the scent.
- Detergent – Something we use quite frequently because when baby poops, she really
- Cotton buds – Because sometimes boogers appear out of nowhere!
- Mask – For me or R or anyone around baby who may have a cold.
- Snacks – for me or R.
- Little pouch – I have this little bag for myself to store Band-Aids, emergency pads, hair clips, lip balm, and hand lotion.