I was inspired by those, what’s in my purse blogs and videos and I thought this might be fun and helpful at the same time.
First of all I’ve never bought an actual diaper bag, I know people get really excited about this but for me personally I didn’t feel like I needed to spend a lot of money, after all it’s what’s inside that really counts. I am a total purse hoarder and I use any excuse to purchase another one so I’ve always preferred using a big purse for everything. This leopard print one is my favorite by Kate Spade, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger the more I stuff in it 🙂
To keep myself organized I’ve found the best method is several small pouches with different items in them. You can use small clear reusable pouches, cosmetic bags you may already have or even ziploc bags would work.
I love the way Hello Bee describes how she uses pouches for different items.
Insulated milk container – Bean drinks cows milk and keeping the temperature safe is very important. We have this thermos sippee cup that keeps the milk very, very cold and we refill Bean’s bottle or cup when she is ready for it.
Diapers & wipes – Even if your child is potty trained or potty training having some extras can be a life saver or mess saver 😉 Check out our battle of the disposable diaper video here.
Toilet seat covers – These stick in place and will keep your little one safe from all of the germs that can lurk on public toilet seats.
Table Toppers – I love these and I don’t know what I did before I found them, check out my review here!
Munchkin Changing Pads with Baking soda – Diaper changing stations can be one of the germiest surfaces and I’ve even used these when I’ve had to change Bean in the car. (When you use a reusable pad your carrying around all of those germs that were on the surface of the changing table)
Snacks! These are VERY important, toddlers tend to be grazers and Bean is no exception so she gets hungry and grouchy quickly and it makes everything easier and happier to have snacks along with us. We have several snack idea blogs & videos here.
Extras I only carry occasionally:
Toy bag – I leave it in the car for unexpected emergencies. I got stuck at the DMV once for hours with nothing to do except to let Bean play with my phone. I saw a prepared mom with a bag full of activities like books, crayons, cars and more and her daughter was having a ball. I learned from her to always be prepared 🙂
My Ipad with the Fisher Price Apptivity Case – I don’t always carry this but if I know we are going somewhere for a long time I will. I use this as an absolute last resort after all of her toys have become boring and I need to pull out the big guns 🙂
Pain Medicine – If your child is teething some sort of pain reliever is a must, I learned my lesson when I was out running errands, Bean came down with a fever and I needed something now. I had to settle for something at the drugstore I wouldn’t normally use and had to pay a small fortune. Check out our teething video here!
Double check the sizes of the extra clothing you have in your diaper bag. Yes, Bean has had to wear pants that were waaay to short on one occasion…ok maybe more then once, who’s counting?
After reading back over the contents of my diaper bag I realized I’ve got some germ issues…lol. But I guess that’s life with an (almost) 2 year old!
What do you keep in your diaper bag? Is there anything you carry that you love that you think I should try? Please let me know in the comments below!! 🙂
-Crystal & the Bean