Call me crazy, but one of the things I was most excited to shop for was our diaper bag. I knew this was something I was going to treat myself on – it would be with me whenever baby was and I love a good bag! I searched high and low and read many a review and finally made my choice. I debated between a Kate Spade version and the Tory Burch one and ultimately, decided on a solid black Tory Burch bag. I also happened to make my choice when the bag was 20% off so it was the icing on the cake. The tipping point – I figure I can use the bag as a purse or tote when it’s served it’s purpose as a diaper bag.
This is another one of those things I could write 2 versions on because what I toted around for a newborn is slightly different than that for an infant. I’ll try to recall what some of the things were I felt I had to have in there when he was a newborn. I also remember thinking “what do I even need in the diaper bag?!” much like my thoughts on what do I need in my hospital bag. (You can read what I ended up packing here).
So, here she is. Love the look of this bag – it doesn’t scream “diaper bag” and it’s really comfortable to carry. It also holds way more than you would think – as demonstrated below! This style is the Tory Burch Quilted Slouchy Diaper Bag in the Black/Gold color combo. I couldn’t find it on the Tory site but did find it other places. There are several interior pockets including 2 that are insulated for bottles. There’s also a removable changing pad and it’s super easy to wipe out. So, here’s what is inside:
We use two different kinds of wipes – one for diaper changes and one for everything else. For diaper changes, 95% of the time, I use Water Wipes but I’m also a fan of the Seventh Generation Thick Strong Wipes. I find that the Seventh Generation wipes actually come out of the package way easier and feel more cloth-like than the Water Wipes. I buy the much more inexpensive Target Up & Up wipes for meal time clean up, messes and everything else. I just started hauling around the Up & Up wipes from around 7 months on. For the first few months, I did use the travel size packs of wipes but a) it’s a lot more expensive and b) I had a fear of running out of wipes since the packages were SO small so I would bring 3-4 packs with me!
I have this clear zip pouch to hold all the “odds and ends” and it tucks neatly into one of the interior pockets.
Everything except the spoons and newly added bubbles have been in the diaper bag since day 1. Sidenote: highly recommend this Dreft Instant Stain Remover! It’s come in handy several times on the go.
I also have a blanket, washcloth, Vera Bradley Ditty Bag (for soiled clothing – the ditty bag has a plastic lining), plastic bag and Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser with me. The plastic bags are a MUST – especially for all the airplane travel! These items have lived in the bag since day 1.
Two more must haves – I always have at least 4 diapers with us and a tube of Aquaphor baby ointment.
Now that Carter is getting older, it’s important to have a variety of toys to keep him entertained. These are all small enough to throw in my diaper bag without adding a lot of weight. Of course, we don’t go anywhere without a paci (or two).
These are all items that were added around the 7-8 month mark: snacks (typically baby mum mums and/or Puffs), organic pouches, sippy with water and a wipe-able bib. Two things I didn’t include in the picture would be the disposable table toppers we use at restaurants and a Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Map Section Plate I will sometimes bring along to use if we are going out to eat.
Two other things I packed ALL the time until recently (but still for trips) would be cloth burp cloths (multiple up to 6 months) and cloth bibs (multiple of these, too). Thankfully, we have moved out of the spitting up all the time phase!
So, there you have it! It looks jumbled in this picture but everything stands up neatly in the bag and I can easily/quickly find whatever we need.
What do you have in your diaper bag?