What's in your bag?
Hey all you mommas out there! Today I am going through everything that we keep in our diaper bag at all times! It is tough being a first time mom and not knowing what you should and should not carry. It is also tough when it is your 3rd baby and you realize you left something at home that you forgot you might need! So here are all of the things that Matt & I like to have in our bag at all times! We have a diaper backpack and a regular diaper bag that I carry around in lieu of a purse. Our diaper bag is from Carters and you can find it/similar styles here:
We always have at least 6 diapers in his diaper bag, sometimes even more if we know we are going to be gone all day! This boy can sometimes go hours without needing a diaper change and other times needs one every hour! We never know how he is going to be so we always have at least 6 on hand. We haven't had to run to the store because we ran out, yet!
Can't change a diaper without wipes, I think most of you know this also is a necessity in a diaper bag.
Since this bag is my purse, I always make sure my wallet is in the main pocket! We also keep formula coupons in the pocket on the back of the bag.
We always have a clean bottle with us in case he gets hungry. **This is specific to each parent. Because we adopted, we have to bottle feed him formula, so we always carry a bottle.
For the reason we carry a bottle, we also carry his formula.
We have a Starbucks thermos that we always fill with warm water before going out. This way the water for his bottle stays warm and we don't ever find ourselves giving him drinking fountain water or hunting down someone to get us warm water.
-Change of clothes for baby
This has come in handy multiple times already. He is a baby, he is going to spit up or diaper explode and having an extra set of clothes is a great way to be ready for when it happens and you are out.
-Extra shirt for mom/ Perfume
Again, babies are messy. Sometimes they enjoy making a mess on momma as well, so we carry an extra shirt. I don't mind if he spits up all over my shirt because I know I can change and won't smell like old milk the rest of the day.
-Hair ties/Bobby pins
I have at least 3 of each in our diaper bag and they have definitely come in handy. If I am feeding him or decide to wear him in his wrap, instead of letting him tug on my hair, I can throw it back into a pony tail or bun.
-Pair of socks for baby
Now most of the time he is wearing stylish shoes that I spend way to much money on, but every now and then we let him go barefoot. I always carry socks in case we decide to go into a restaurant or a movie where it is often cold. That way we prevent his little toes turning into icicles.
This is also a must have, because often we forget to check to see if he has one in his mouth or car seat. Keeping an extra in the diaper bag is a great back up to avoid melt downs.
Often times where we go might be chilly so we like to have a blanket that we can cover him up with.
We also always have a burp rag in case of spit ups, and a bib for when we are feeding him and don't want him making a mess all over his shirt.
We have pacifier wipes in case he drops his pacifier onto the ground or dirt.
We keep hand sanitizer in the bag so we can constantly sanitize our hands before grabbing his bottles , pacifier, or after changing his diaper.
We carry this in case he ruins the clothes he is in, we can throw them into the bag, tie the bag shut and it won't smell up our car or other things in his diaper bag.
Carter is almost to the point where he is able to grab onto things. At this point we will definitely put one of his toys and a little book in the diaper bag to keep him occupied
That is everything we currently keep in our diaper bag! Luckily, (because this bag is so awesome!) we still have plenty of room to add items as carter keeps growing!