I’m not a naturally organized person, but I like to think I’m pretty organized when it comes to my kids. For example, my diaper bag is always fully stocked and easy to navigate. This allows me to have relatively stress-free outings with my kids. Whenever we leave the house, I have everything we would need for a quick outing plus extras in case we’re out longer than I expect. I switch it up on special occasions like Disney days or flights (and I’ll do posts for those as well, if you’re interested), but this is what my diaper bag looks like on a day to day basis.
I’m currently using the Freshly Picked diaper bag and I love it. It’s the perfect size for what I need right now, it’s a backpack which is a must when you have more than one child and the gray color I chose goes with everything. The one downside to backpack-style diaper bags is that they can become black holes, but this bag comes with four interior pockets (plus a pocket for the changing mat) to organize everything. I use pouches to organize the middle section. My one complaint about this bag is that the straps aren’t the most comfortable when it is fully packed. However, I keep it in my stroller basket during most outings so it’s not really a problem for me.
Harper, who will be three at the end of December, is in the process of potty training so I keep an extra pair of undies and shorts for her (because it’s still 80 degrees in Orlando). I still carry one pull up if I think she’s going to fall asleep in the car or just in case of an emergency. I also bring disposable toilet seat covers for public restrooms. For Avery, who turned one at the beginning of October, I always carry three diapers, WaterWipes and an extra outfit. I also bring a wet/dry bag for dirty clothes.
I never leave home without snacks. I typically bring a snack bar for both girls (my children could live off of these Earth’s Best bars), a pouch for Avery, a fruit snack for Harper, and cups for both girls. We’ve been using Munchkin 360 cups exclusively ever since Avery starting drinking out of a sippy cup and it has made my life so much easier. All of the parts are interchangeable – genius! I’ll usually bring a big water bottle and fill everyone’s cup from that. I keep the snacks in a pouch so they stay contained. I either use a Bumkins pouch or a Ju Ju Be medium set piece for that.
Avery was a happy spitter for most of her first year, but she has thankfully outgrown that phase. I still keep one Copper Pearl burp cloth in my diaper bag just in case of any random spit ups or spills. I also keep a nursing cover in my bag at all times. Avery weaned right around her first birthday, but we still use the cover for highchairs and shopping carts. The one pictured here is from Milk Snob (this print is no longer available, but I love this one and this one), but I love Copper Pearl’s 5-in-1 covers as well.
There are a few miscellaneous things I keep in my bag as well. Sunscreen because we live in the Sunshine State. Aquaphor for diaper rashes, eczema patches and even lip balm in a pinch. Hand sanitizer because toddlers touch everything (this one is from Honest Co., but the BabyGanics one is my actual favorite). And hand cream and lip balm for myself. I usually have lip gloss in there as well. I also carry a headband or bow (this one is from Little Poppy Co.) and a random toy for Avery.
And that’s it! I add things if I know we’re going to be out longer or if I know I’ll need more entertainment for them. I will also pack Harper her own backpack with more entertainment (play packs, stickers, Barbies, etc.) if I feel like she’ll need it. But this is perfect for us on most days. I’ll be sure to do an updated post once our new baby arrives so you can see what I carry for newborns.
What do you carry in your diaper bag?