The first baby item DH bought before DD arrived was his Surfer Baby Ultimate Diaper Bag. He took this purchase very seriously and scoured the Internet to find the perfect bag to meet his high criteria. It had to be able to hold all of his necessities for a hike, organize our baby’s needed items, and, most importantly, it couldn’t look anything like a diaper bag. So he chose the one-shoulder backpack and it has quickly become my favorite bag as well.
Organization is the key to success when cloth diapering. I use a few extra accessories to make the stash easily accessible. There’s a Wahmies wet bag for soiled diaps and a small sack of 10 Planetwise Wipes in another wet bag. The side pocket carries a spray bottle to wet the wipes. I repurposed the plastic zippered bag my drapes came in to hold 4-6 diapers. The diaper bag also came with a large surfboard-shaped changing pad. I quickly grab all these changing tools and get everything unzippered before I start. The roomy inside pocket makes it easy to store all this and more.
I have a spare outfit for baby, tshirt for Mama, and a receiving blanket to keep DD warm or cover up nursing in a pinch. I also never leave home without my keys, cell phone, and wallet which each have a special spot in the bag. There’s room for a Nalgene in the mesh side pocket and it has a cooler pouch to store expressed milk. I stash hand sanitizer and snacks, while DH keeps a flashlight and a few first aid items in there.
One of the most convenient features of the bag is the small, detachable sack. It’s the perfect size to store what we need for a single diaper change. This is great for a quick walk or a diaper change in a confined space (think airplane.) Another option is to carry camera gear in it.
So far, even though DH got to pick our go-to bag he has successfully avoided on-the-go diaper changes. He reminded me that men’s restrooms are typically gross, so I forgive him for that. Either way, it’s nice to have a bag he’s proud to carry.
BIO: Jeannette is a budget-conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. She’s realizing every day that her daughter is more like her active husband so she’s glad to have a diaper bag she won’t mind getting dirty.