What’s In Our Diaper Bag – 11 Months

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.

Wow, now that I am looking at everything I put into our diaper bag, I wonder how it all fits, lol. Good thing I have that awesome Thirty-One bag with plenty of room 😉 Some may think I go overboard but I like to be prepared and it makes for less stressful outings. A happy baby makes for a happy mommy!

Dapple – You don’t necessarily need to purchase a travel size bottle. I was using a squeeze bottle that I filled with a Dapple refill pack. I also had one in the bathrooms and kitchen when P was little and we were giving him several bottles a day. I am part of Bluum and the travel size was in one of there boxes, so I started using it for the diaper bag. 

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, DesitinChanging WalletArm & 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.

We keep 2 Nuk Pacifiers in a Especially For Baby Pacifier Keeper along with a pacifier strap to help limit the number of drops 😉

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? 

New iPhone App – ICE BlackBox

Growing up, I always remembered telling my mom not to worry, that I would be fine and that I am always careful. Now that I am a mother myself, I know how she feels. My son may only be 9 months old but I am already worrying about him.  

I wish I could convince myself that I am overreacting, but I’m not.  I can’t seem to pick up the paper or turn on the news without seeing examples of how cruel our world has become. It breaks my heart and raises my anxiety level all at the same time. Everyday 160,000 students skip school because they are afraid of bullying. There is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault each year.

These numbers alone make me want to build P a bubble to live in the rest of his life. Possible? No, not really… So then what do I do? What if P falls victim to a bully? How do I protect my son.

I am so honored to be involved with the roll out of a new app for your phone called ICE BlackBox. An amazing group of advocates, parents and visionaries came together to create ICE BlackBox in hopes of giving potential victims a fighting chance against predators.

ICE BlackBox is “focused on the development of a mobile app that will change everything. It will be instrumental in the deterrence of several hate crimes such as bullying, rape, domestic abuse and other horrible personal offences.”

To download, go to your App Store on your phone and search ICE BlackBox. You can purchase this app for the iPhone for $4.99. The Android version will be available soon.

After download, you are able to select who you want your ICE contacts to be. These can be family, friends and even campus security. They will be the ones who are notified if you use the app to record a video. Make sure to let them know that they are your ICE contacts.

If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, open the app, click the 911 button and hit record. Your ICE contacts will immediately be sent the link to your video as well as your GPS location. The most important part about this app is that once you hit record, the video CANNOT be deleted. This eliminates the opportunity for the perpetrator to intimidate the victim to delete it or attempt to do it themselves.

ICE BlackBox is not only an iPhone app but “a movement to end violence”. Help spread the awareness by downloading the app for your phone and sharing it through email, text, tweet, Facebook and any other social media avenue you have.

ICE BlackBox is endorsed by some amazing advocacy groups. 

Saturday Top Five Laughs

I love Saturday’s for many reasons but one of my favorites is being able to recap the things that made me smile, or laugh, over the past week and share them with The Mommyhood Chronicles, Saturday Top Five Laughs!

Number 5
Parker yet again peeing on Bam while he is being changed. This time however, he was holding his feet and ended up hitting him in the face!

Number 4
Watching Rob and I yet again maneuver through a consignment sale with P in two hands, arms and shoulders full of goodies!
Number 3
Watching my Dad’s face when I asked him to put yet another piece of IKEA furniture together!
Number 2
We got a new bouncer for my art room doorway so that P could have a little more fun while I am working on stuff. As soon as we put him in, it was nothing but laughs!

And Number 1
Lately, I have had to do a lot of “work” to get little P to laugh. One of the sure fire ways to to blow raspberries on his neck. Well, on Thursday night he started making these funny noises. It’s wasn’t until we were eating dinner at the table with my Parents on Friday night that we realized he was imitating us and trying to blow raspberries!

Month Four, Already?!?!

Somebody finally noticed a kitty cat! Shouldn’t have photo bombed the picture, Alice!  

New experiences
It’s hard to pinpoint certain ones this month. In the last few weeks, P has started cooing/talking nonstop. He loves one on one interaction, usually at the changing table. He will look into your eyes, smile touch your faces and tell you stories for as long as you will let him. While in NJ, P also rolled from his tummy to his back. It was so cute because I could tell it was gonna happen and was able to Skype with Rob so he could watch. He is also starting to figure out the motions of peek-a-boo and was playing with GiGi will we were in OBX. His fine motor skills are really developing and is able to grab onto things a little easier. 

Visits & Trips

On September 26th, a few Mommies in my SAHM group took a trip into DC. It was so weird to be there, walking around with a stroller. We met at the Smithsonian metro stop and made our way to the Washington, WWII and Lincoln Memorials. Yes, it took ALL day to just make it to those three locations 🙂

The Milburn Clan, rockin new minivan and all came to visit for the weekend. Jen and I hit up one of my favorite consignment sales where I scored a ton of awesome deals for P. The boys stayed at home and played video games, P kicked all their butts slept on Rob’s lap the entire time. Afterwards, we took them to our new favorite thrift store and since we were in the area, stopped at CiCi’s for dinner and IKEA. Consignment sale + thrift store + IKEA + CiCi’s + Milburn Clan = AMAZING WEEKEND!

One of the awesome finds was a Snugli carrier which P LOVES. He got hungry walking around IKEA and it was great to be able to feed him in it.

P and I spent a nice long week in NJ to visit Bam, Chief and Auntie Sarah. Grandma Mary came to meet P and quickly learned what happens why you try to burp him in the middle of a feeding! He also played his piano mat for her. Bam took off on Tuesday and we went to Rices. Although it rained the whole time, P was quite content in his stroller under the covers! Rob joined us for the weekend and P was so excited to see his Daddy. We enjoyed the first fire of the season, P especially, and went apple picking. Chief also got to show P around his work and meet some of his Great Uncles and his fan club!

We made the trip to OBX again this year for a nice week long vacation by the sand. Chief flew to TN to drive GiGi (Grandma Betty to me) and Poppa Sam and Tim and Hye Lim met us there. We spent the week relaxing in the living room watching P play on his playmat and telling us stories. We took him down to the beach and he felt the sand in his toes for the first time! 

4 Month Well Visit
P is now 15 pounds 1 ounce, 24.5 inches tall with a 17 inch head! He had his second round of vaccinations :/ The Dr. also gave the go ahead to start eating solids including cereal, fruits and veggies. I could have told you he was a growing boy when I yet again had to put more cloths away after realizing they no longer fit!   
General Thoughts This Month
I cannot believe what growth I have seen in Parker the last 2 weeks. He is talking like crazy, looking at everything around him and even starting to get into trouble. He will give you the goofiest biggest smile if you make silly noises at him. He has these amazing blue eyes that will melt your heart when he smiles at your or even cries. He still has the lip quiver which usually means you are not getting the bottle ready fast enough! 
I treasure every moment I get to spend with him, even if it means the dishes don’t get done. He is turning into this little person right before my eyes and it is truly amazing.

Every day, I fall more and more in love! 

Favorites of the Month

31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 18 (Baby)

I always felt as though I was fairly good at organizing. I took pride in my organizational skills and loved helping others find organization in their lives. However, I think I finally met my match when we brought Parker home from the hospital. Things got CRAZY! There were burp cloths, blankets, bottles and pacifiers all over the place. After about five days in, even though I was recovering from a c-section, I sat down and tried to figure out how to organize everything!

Now before you get too excited, I will warn you that there isn’t any “earth shattering tips here” but they have made a huge difference in the organization and sanity of my life! Here are a few things I came up with that have really helped out.

Blankets and burp cloths and pacifiers oh my! 

For our house I spent a good amount of time on each of our three floors. I decided to choose a different style pacifier, burp cloth, blanket and bib for each floor and the diaper bag. This helps out a ton when I am doing laundry as I drop off each pile on the correct floor. I had a cheat sheet printed by the washer but after awhile, I didn’t need it anymore. This has been really important since I spend days alone with Parker. I couldn’t imagine in the middle of feeding him realizing I didn’t have a burp cloth or blanket (since he usually naps after eating).


I use the 6oz size for the nipple shield and the 8oz size for pacifiers. I have 4 sets and I keep one of each on every floor (and in the diaper bag) that had a different style pacifier in each. These have been such a great find! I love that they keep everything organized and away from as many germs as possible.

This was helpful in drying all of P’s pacifiers and bottle parts. We were trying out a few different bottles and it was already hard enough to figure out how to put them together. Throw in a missing piece and forget it! I also happen to link how stylish it looks on the counter although functionality was my biggest priority. 

This helps out a ton for all of P’s socks and scratch mittens (when he used them) so they don’t get lost in the rest of the laundry. I just cloths pin it to his hamper and throw it in the wash when full.

Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you how I reuse some baby items to help organize around the house.