Ah, the diaper bag. The big, ungainly necessity of baby and toddlerhood, right? Wrong. Apparently, I could have done without one this whole time. (Well, maybe not the whole time, but at least for the last year.)
And maybe you guys have been managing this much better than I all along. The sad reality is that my son was 28 months old when I finally figured this out.
Here’s the bag I’ve been lugging around for all this time. And, it’s actually a totally usable diaper bag, good storage, great pockets. But, it’s big and it screams “Mommy! Where’d your sexy go?”
Then, for Christmas, my lovely and clever sister-in-law (who’s one of my closest friends) gave me a beautiful new bag from Banana Republic. She even suggested “I thought maybe you could finally ditch your diaper bag if I got you the right purse.” Hint hint.
She inspired me. I could create a sort of roaming diaper/baby supply system. Lightbulb! I quickly realized that I really only use the bag for two types of things at this point of my son’s life: diaper changing (and we’re now in full potty training mode, so hopefully this won’t be for long) and meal/snack items.
So, I grabbed two large gallon Ziploc bags and organized the bare essentials of each kind of need.
What’s in each pack?
Diaper Changing Needs:
- 3 diapers
- small container of wipes
- diaper changing pad
- hand sanitizer
- a couple of Bandaids and a mini spray bottle of Neosporin for boo boos
- empty sippy cup for ice water or milk when we’re out
- plastic container of go-to snacks such as raisins, nuts and peanut butter crackers
- travel pack of Wet Ones
- granola bars
- table toppers (I love these things! Great for cleanliness and for keeping him busy while we wait for food in a restaurant. And they come in all manner of characters/designs so I can always get ones that are currently of interest to him. The ones I link to here are the first ones we used and helped when he was learning colors.)
- small activity pack with mini coloring book, stickers and crayons
Here’s a look from above. Sheesh. We’re not pinning these photos, are we? Not. Pretty. But at least you can kind of get the gist.
Now I can quickly and easily slide those bags into my new, larger, purse when I go out with my son, and also just as easily remove them and replace those things with my work things when I go out on my own.
My husband has also really loved this system because now, instead of having to take the full diaper bag, which he’d been doing, bless him, he can just grab the small Ziploc that he needs and slide that into his own messenger bag.
And the final product. You’d never even know that I have everything I need for the care and feeding of a 2 yo boy in that smart bag, would you? “Mommy, I found your sexy!”