Before Haley was born my sister went with me to Babies R Us to pick out a diaper bag. I wanted a messenger bag with lots of pockets. I also wanted one that was not excessively girly so Zach could carry around without feeling too emasculated.
I decided on the JJ cole collections system bag. I love this bag but sometimes I wish it were bigger. Luckily they have released an updated version, the system 180, with has an additional main compartment. These bags comes with a matching changing pad and a pacifier pod. They also have an insulated bottle pocket (which I just use as another side pocket) a cell phone pocket and an ipod pocket
I love all of the organizing pockets
My diaper bag packing list:
a few dollars- in case I forget my real wallet and we're out somewhere and need $
my cell phone
bookmarks for my book club- to pass out to people I meet at story time or play group, or even when I'm eating out.
a little pen
a tiny notepad, scrap paper, or sticky notes
tylenol- especially when Haley's teething or about to get vaccinated
at least one pacifier- If I'm going out of town I stash about 3 so I can always find one easily, this is especially handy when we're driving and the bag is stashed behind my seat. I have mastered the are of the one handed binky retrieval.
mine and Haley's sunglasses,
nail clippers for me and for Haley-I always seem to be out of the house when I realize Haley's nails are getting too long, or mine are starting to scratch her
A light blanket- for swaddling or nursing
In the main compartment of my bag you will find:
a changing pad
my stocked wipes case
2 cloth diapers
4-6 disposable diapers
grocery bags for used diapers or wet clothes- the little duck has baggies too and can double as a toy for distracting wiggly babies
my camera- I like to pack the one that has the video camera in case something exciting happens while we're out, also it is a bit lighter than my SLR
a change of clothes
a jacket- even if it's warm outside you never know if your destination will be drafty
a few toys- pick quiet toys like stuffed animals or teething rings if you are going to a restaurant, a movie or somewhere else that requires quiet play
Aquaphor healing ointment- for diaper rash and for keeping baby's faced from getting chapped by the cold winter wind
a small tube of diaper rash cream
thermometer- a paranoid mom's best friend
sunscreen- for mom and for baby
tampons and breast pads (or regular pads for the first few outings postpartum)
snacks for mom
Now that Haley is starting solids it's time to pack a bib, washcloth, spoon, mini-bowl, and food.
Also, If you are using formula or are pumping you will probably want to include a bottle or two.
What has been a diaper bag essential for you? Mom's with older babies, what should I add to my bag soon?
This packing list works for me- for more tips this week check out Rocks in my Dryer.