I was recently chatting with a pregnant friend about what you do/don't need for a new baby, and I remembered how helpful it was to read blog posts from other mamas on the subject. So I have a few such posts up my sleeve, and figured I'd start off with the easiest + most relevant for my current season: what's in my diaper bag.
As I've mentioned, I've been working hard at streamlining + simplifying our life, which has carried over into all realms. So, I carry a pretty minimal diaper bag. I've never been much of a bag gal anyways so this system really works for me. And for reference, my son is six months old, is breastfed and we're just barely getting into solids, so we don't really have to carry bottles or food or anything yet. So without further ado, here are the details of my diaper bag!
Bag: Fjallraven Kanken Daypack // I LOVE this bag. I started out with a SkipHop Duet tote, but quickly realized I'm not an over-the-shoulder mama - I wanted my hands free and wanted something my husband wouldn't mind carrying. Although the tote is super chic, it just didn't work for me. I switched to a regular backpack we already had lying around, but it had a drawstring top and was a little too big. I was carrying way too much stuff, and also felt like I had to pull every single thing out anytime I needed something, because it was top access only. On the recommendation of Lindsey Kubly, I purchased this backpack and absolutely love it! The fact that the zipper unzips all around is awesome, the side pockets are super convenient and it's a perfect size. And you can use the straps to snap onto the stroller handle - amazing! And it comes in lots of colors, so you can pick a gender neutral one and convince your hubby to carry it ;) And I know it looks pretty beat up in this photo, but the great thing about this pack is that it's waxed canvas, so it's totally wipeable! I just haven't gotten around to it yet :)
- 2 diapers
- 10ish cloth wipes in a hard-sided wipes case
- Wipe spray
- Changing sheet
- Small wetbag
- Hand sanitizer
- Thieves wipes for cleaning germy surfaces on the go
- Swaddle blanket (great to use as a nursing cover, laying on the floor for baby to play on, covering a changing table, draping over a stroller, a giant burp cloth, and a million other things!)
- Nursing cover
- 2 burp cloths
- 1 set of jammies (zippered + footed)
- 2 pacifiers
- Board book
- 1 toy (usually Sophie the Giraffe or a crinkly book)
- Small zippered pouch that serves as my "purse" with a couple of granola bars, chapstick, a hairtie, 2-3 pairs of nursing pads, tissues, mints and an extra set of contacts (I can't drive without them!)
- Wallet, sunglasses and keys
And that's it! I'm sure once Xavier starts on solid food I'll need to add a few things like a bib, sippy cup + snacks for him, but for now this works great for us. We also keep a pacifier on a tether clipped to his carseat and then clip it to his outfit when we take him out whenever we're not at home, that way it doesn't drop on the floor/get lost. And if we're headed someplace where I want to wear him instead of lug his carseat, I'll throw in my ring sling or wrap carrier (or put it on before we leave the house). And finally, my mom just got me one of those shopping cart covers since Xave is big enough to sit in the cart (sob!), and I keep that in the car.
What about you, what's in your bag? Are you an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kinda mama or a toss-a-diaper-in-my-purse kind? I'd love to hear! XOXO!