You see her, purse slung over one shoulder and an overstuffed tote slung over another. A squirming child in her arms. Then you realize: you’re seeing a reflection of yourself.
Why does the new title of Mom seem to be synonymous with “bag lady” these days? Babies require a lot of stuff just to get out of the house for a quick grocery run or (if you’re brave) restaurant meal. Juggling a teeny tiny baby and car seat and stroller and bags is an interesting initiation into parenthood.
And really, why do we even call it a diaper bag? Is it just a busy mom diaper bag? It is more like a suitcase of essential emergency preparedness supplies in case zombies attack, or babies poop. We should just refer to it as a mom bag, am I right?
We ended up with two “diaper bags”, mainly because my husband refused to use the “monkey bag” that was gifted to me by his own mother! So he used a tactical backpack instead – which ended up being the main diaper bag because seriously, keeping two bags stocked at all times got old. Since hubby had Fridays off and was taking Baby H to his weekly physical therapy and DOC Band appointments while I didn’t have any time off after returning to work, he won the diaper bag debate.
Newborn Diaper Bag
Itty bitty babies require so much stuff! Here’s a list of the type of things I carried around with me when Baby H was a newborn/infant.
- Several diapers. And extra diapers.
- Little doggie bags for public diaper disposal. Or storing soiled clothing to bring home for laundry.
- Changing pad.
- Extra baby clothes. Lots of extra clothes. What is it about spit up or poonamies?
- Extra clothes for me, too, since the poonamies typically happen on me.
- Formula, pre-measured in the awesome disposable containers.
- Baby bottles.
- Water bottles. For making formula but also for my hydration.
- Nipple shield, since I was also breastfeeding.
- Burp cloths.
- Rattles or other toys.
- Dish soap to wash said bottles of formula.
- Mom snacks.
Toddler Diaper Bag
A toddler diaper bag is a bit different than that of a newborn/infant. There’s still a lot to lug around, but you can often get away with leaving it in the car. Here’s what I currently carry for my little man in my diaper bag for toddler.
- Several diapers.
- Little doggie bags for diaper disposal.
- Changing pad.
- Sippy cup full of water.
- “Scooby snacks”, including crackers and food pouch squeeze packages.
- Extra clothes, because he tends to play hard and get dirty.
- Toys, books.
I haven’t reached the potty training stage yet. I am in no hurry for that one. But I imagine my diaper bag of zombie apocalypse will change yet again.
What did you pack in your diaper bags? Did it change a lot with each stage?
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