I used to love when magazines would feature a glimpse into a celebrity’s purse. They always called it “What’s in my bag?” The designer totes were filled with things like luxury beauty products, gorgeous personal care items, and interesting odds & ends. Well I’m no celebrity, but I have a bag! Today I’m showing you what’s in my diaper bag, from what kind of bag I use to how I pack it for every possible situation.
When I was pregnant, several friends advised me to get a diaper backpack instead of a tote bag. Their reasoning was that it’s so much easier to have it on your back and have one less thing in your hands with baby in tow. I totally get what they meant because babies do require a ton of stuff, and any time you’re out with your baby you feel like you have a million things you’re holding. However, I found the backpack to be frustrating. No matter how many pockets it has, the big section of a backpack always turns into a black hole. I hated not being able to just reach into it for things. I had to unload whatever I was carrying and take it off to get into it. After using it for about six months, I switched to an open, structured tote and haven’t looked back. I like being able to glance in and make sure it’s all packed. I reach into it all the time while it’s on my shoulder, and toss things in on the top when needed. This particular tote is from a store that went out of business so I can’t link it, but I’ve linked some similar options below.
Links: Amazon tote (comes in lots of colors), H&M Shopper, Walmart leopard straw tote
Our diaper bag stays packed with diaper changing supplies, a change of clothes for Lyla, small toys, basic baby care items, my purse items, my wallet, phone, glasses/sunglasses, and keys. I put a full itemized list at the bottom that you can use as a checklist! To keep everything organized, I use these clear bags. I use the larger ones for travel, and three small ones in the diaper bag: one for clothes, one for toys, and one for baby care. For my stuff I use a zipper pouch so that when I need to leave the diaper bag with Lyla (like in the church nursery or at grandparents’ houses), I can just put the pouch in my purse and have all my stuff ready to go.
In addition to these staples, make sure your bag can also fit feeding supplies, baby’s outerwear (jackets are supposed to come off in the car seat and oftentimes they get hot in their stroller), loveys/stuffed animals, and any other random thing you might find yourself needing to carry. Basically, make sure your tote is large enough that it has negative space. There will be so many times you just need to get something out of your hand and it’s so helpful to be able to just toss it in.
I hope this post is helpful to those of you in the diaper bag stage of life. I clean mine out multiple times a week to keep it from becoming a bottomless pit of junk. Below is a checklist you can use to pack your bag. Modify it according to your needs!
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This! Love our backpack… went with a cheaper one versus holy $100+ backpacks I see others get😳 we obviously at 4 weeks haven’t used it a lot, but even at his appointments when I have to change him, black hole- taking everything out. I did get gifted a small crossbody one that can hold small essentials (would take backpack and leave in car- run inside wherever with crossbody) but now I’m thinking we need a tote!
Crystal that is so sweet! Thank you for subscribing to my posts. Your comment put the biggest smile on my face. I was looking for options to link and literally said out loud “Buy Buy Baby has got to be kidding me with some of these prices.” Good grief. A diaper bag is going to get all beat up. I’m certainly not about to drop a ton of money on one. I feel like we didn’t really use ours a lot until almost six months because we had a really long flu season in Lexington where we were living and they were telling us not to take her out much. I switched to the tote when we started using it consistently and the backpack started driving me crazy. But it’s all just preference. I know friends who have stuck with the backpack and love it!