When I think of my diaper bag, I have a Mary Poppins moment, wishing so desperately that I could look so assembled and tidy with a small bag that I could whip a lamp or a bed out of in a moment’s notice. Generally, however, I think I look more like a frazzled mom digging furiously for little E’s favorite toy, a clean diaper, wet bag, and wipes to conquer the task at hand as quickly as possible!
The problem is that I like to pack everything in my diaper bag just in case. You just never know when you might need some CJ’s BUTTer, infant Tylenol, or an extra outfit or pair of socks! If I left the house without those things, however, I’d probably survive, but I’m not sure I’d survive without these five staples:
- A wet bag. I love my Bummis and Planet Wise wet/dry bags and have different sizes (and colors, of course!) for different outings.
- A changing pad.
- Diapers. And not just any diapers, but cute diapers. (Because let’s admit it – all cloth diaper addicts linger maybe just a little bit longer in public restrooms while changing their little one’s sweet tushie in hopes the mama next to you might notice how adorable those cloth diaper bottoms really are.) And maybe I’m just a little on the *over prepared* side, but I like to pack lots of extra diapers. I generally throw in a flip cover with several stay-dry inserts, and maybe a Bum Genius pocket diaper or two… (or my new personal favorite: the Bum Genius Freetime diaper!). The Freetime diaper is my go-to diaper for babysitters or the church nursery. LOVE IT.
- Toys. Always good for a distraction!
- Wipes. I go back and forth between my Planet Wise flannel wipes and homemade wipes with Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion potion in my Planet Wise Wipe Pouch with an adorable owl print.
Then… add some gas drops, a snuggle blanket, maybe a baby carrier, lotion, a bib, some baby food, my wallet, a hair bow or two, an extra shirt for me in case there’s a burp-gone-bad…
I like to be prepared!
So maybe I’m not quite as poised as Mary Poppins, but we seem to have the same philosophy – you can never pack too much!
Bio: Molly is a stay-at-home mama with a love for all things baby, family, cloth diapering and blogging. As a former teacher, she loves to help others discover the world of cloth diapering, frugal living, and how to fit everything in a diaper bag!