It’s well known that mamas have super powers, right?? We have eyes in the back of our head, we can heal boo-boos and we make the BEST grilled cheese. When you are out and about, your diaper bag is the source of many of your mama super powers. Here is how you can pack the BEST diaper bag and be ready for EVERY adventure!
1. The Bag
First, what do you use for a diaper bag?? Shopping for a diaper bag is one of the first things many people do when they find out they are pregnant. You will have your diaper bag with you all-the-time for quite a while, so who wouldn’t want it to be a cute accessory?? There are sooo many styles available.
Over the shoulder, two straps, colors, pockets, wipes holder, insulated pocket……
Finding one that has the features you are looking for and a design that you like can be tricky.
I fell down that rabbit hole and bought a few different diaper bags that I ended up returning a little while later. Instead, we opted to use a regular backpack! We have TONS of backpacks in our family, so finding one that worked as a diaper bag, or “baby go-bag” was easy to do! Using a regular backpack as a diaper bag is great because:
- There are usually already lots of pockets
- As your needs change, you aren’t limited by the features of a designated diaper bag
- Dad doesn’t feel weird carrying it
- Once you no longer need a diaper bag, it can be used for hiking, traveling, school, etc.
If you have a backpack that you like already, use that! If not, I would recommend looking for something in the day pack category. We use this Osprey Packs Axis Backpack (it also comes in a bright blue and maroon purple if you like different colors).
2. Organizer Pockets
Inside the bag, it’s nice to be able to keep similar things together so it’s easy to grab them. I use a set of three cosmetic bags. The big one holds all of my diaper supplies (diapers, wipes, and cream), the middle holds either little toys or snacks, and the smallest is my mini-medicine kit. I think I found mine at T.J. Maxx, but here are some sets from Amazon:
3. Diapers, Wipes, Cream, & Changing Pad
The largest cosmetic bag holds diapers (usually 4-6ish), wipes, diaper cream, and a zip lock bag. I love Water Wipes for diapers and for anything else! They are great for sticky hands, spills, you name it!
Since I don’t want to use up a lot of space, I have a travel size tube of diaper cream. It all fits so nicely! If I need to change a diaper when we are out and about, I don’t have to take the whole backpack, I can just grab the little “clutch”. The zip lock bag is for stinky diapers if a trash can isn’t available right away.
4. Swaddle Blanket
Lulujo bamboo muslin swaddle blankets are my absolute favorite! (They also have some really stinkin’ adorable First Year Blankets). The swaddle blankets are large enough to use for soo many different things, but not so big that they are annoying to put in a bag. And they are the softest blankets I have found.
A swaddle blanket can be used to
- swaddle your littlest one
- cover up while nursing (tie two corners together and put it over your head)
- lay baby down on the grass
- snuggle in the car seat if it’s chilly
- cover the car seat or stroller while baby is sleeping
5. Feeding Supplies
Depending on how old your little one is and what he or she is eating, this part of your bag will change. Once Baby Bear was eating solid foods, I started using the middle size cosmetic bag for snacks. Things like yogurt melts or pouches fit great plus a spoon that doubled as entertainment! You may also include a:
- bottle & nipple – my favorite is by Kiinde
- cooler bag to keep breast milk or refrigerated snacks cold
- cup (mine usually goes in a zip lock because I always feel like they leak a little!)
The smallest cosmetic pouch holds travel size versions of common medicines and the syringes to measure the dose. Make sure you talk to your doctor about what dose is appropriate for your little one. Everything except the wipes/tissues fit in the cosmetic pouch. The wipes/tissues and the pouch fit nicely in the front outside pocket of the backpack.
7. Small Toys
When you are out and about with your little one, you are going to want to have a few things that they like to keep them entertained, especially somewhere like a restaurant. I like to keep a few small toys in my diaper bag all of the time so I know I have something if I need it. Some examples are: Chewy Q teether, pacifier, Little People (Baby Bear LOVES to carry the people around!), or Sophie the Giraffe.
8. Extra Clothes
Accidents happen! Blow out diapers….messy meal….spills….kids get dirty! Also, sometimes you need to add a layer if it gets chilly outside. I always keep a change of clothes in my diaper backpack. You may also want:
- Weather dependent layers (long sleeves, hat, jacket). I put my own hat and gloves in my diaper bag too!
- Extra outfit (something easy like one piece jammies or just another onesie)
- Some moms like an extra shirt for themselves in case of “accidents”
9. Mama Stuff
Why carry a purse in addition to a diaper bag?? No need! Just put your stuff in the bag as well. I always through in my wallet and a little pouch that has all sorts of “mama stuff” that I might need. This clear pouch usually has a pill box with Tylenol and Claritin, eye drops, nail file, mints, lip balm, a pen, and tooth picks. If I am going out without baby, I can grab this little pouch and pop it in my normal purse)
Now you are ready!
Hopefully this list will give you the confidence to take your little one out on some adventures. It is hard in the beginning. These little humans are so unpredictable! But, I promise, you will get the hang of it, and it becomes really fun to have this little person hanging out with you when you are out exploring.