Iv’e been a bag lady ever since I was a little girl. My mom would give me paper bags and I would have them all around the house with different knick-knacks I found. My favorites were their keys, of course. I always knew exactly which bag everything was in though.
It took me awhile to find the perfect diaper bag for me. Should have known it would end up being a Thirty-One bag! I love that it is firm enough to always keep it’s shape and doesn’t close. I also love the outside pockets for easy access. The shoulder strap is long so it fits on my should nicely. This tote also fits perfectly in the basket under my Graco LiteRide Stroller with room to spare. I also have two of the Zipper Pouches that I keep the diapers and wipes in one and his change of cloths, bib and burp cloths in the other.
Plum Pouch & Plum Spoons – These are perfect to have for the “just in case” situations where you end up taking longer to run errands or your hungry hungry hippo wants a snack. The spoons are amazing and I get compliments everywhere I go. It makes it easy to feed him in a shopping cart while I grocery shop. We decided not to let P learn to suck the puree out of the pouches after reading a few articles warning parents that they may cause cavities.
The Avent Formula Container makes it easy to make P’s bottles on the go, especially in the car. There are three dividers inside for 3 bottles. This worked out great in the beginning but from about 4-7 months, his bottle size varied between 2-6 oz. We took the divider out and put a scoop in. Now that he is consistent with 4 bottles a day at 6 oz each, we put the divider back in. I also keep Enfamil Packets in the car for those rare times I forget to fill up the container. We keep a Brittle Water Bottle so that we never run out of filtered water for P. We use to carry water bottles but they got heavy! Best idea my hubs ever had 😉 We have used Born Free Bottles since the beginning and love them.
P is getting really good with his Nuby Sippy Cup and we just started giving him an apple juice and water mixture. It’s a hit at play dates with all the other kids 😉 I have been keeping a bottle of Mott’s Individual Apple Juice in there when we are going to be out over lunch time.
We always have one of the Munchkin Suction Bowls in his bag filled with Graduates Lil Crunchies. We also started using Glad Cling Wrap at restaurants. We had the TinyDiner Portable Placemat and it does work great, until they learn how to pull it up. We were recently at a restaurant and the waitress brought us some. It worked great. I don’t mind just cleaning the table and letting P eat off it, but it usually makes a huge mess. I know, not entirely green but we only eat out 1-2 times a week.
I always make sure to have a few Burp Cloths, bibs and at least 1 outfit in there as well. Burp Cloths and bibs are no big deal if I forget, but an extra set of clothes is pretty important. I recently forgot to replace an outfit and my son had to ride home in a diaper. Yikes!
Extra diapers, Desitin, Changing Wallet, Arm & Hammer Diaper Bags and Alva Wet Bags are crucial for diaper changes. Now that it’s summer, we also keep BabyGanics Sunscreen and BabyGanics Lip Balm. We always have a package of Munchkin Pacificer Wipes and Boogie Wipes that fit perfectly in the outside pouches of our diaper bag for quick and easy access.
I also have a few other Thirty-One items to keep me organized. I use the Large Utility Tote when we are traveling for all of P’s clothes. I love that it is light weight, holds it’s shape and doesn’t close. This maximizes the space for all of his outfits. I used the Mini Organizer to store his diaper changing items for easy carry between floors in the house. The Keep-It Caddy is used for day trips when he will be eating more than one meal. I throw all of his food in there which gives more room in the diaper bag for an extra set of clothes and diapers.
Phewww, that was a lot! So what do you keep in your diaper bags? What do you find are the most used items and what is in there for a rainy day?