Back before I became a mom, when I was just pregnant, I had all these crazy questions that I needed answers to. I wondered how bad childbirth would hurt (it’s true you really do forget about the pain). I wondered how I would ever lose the baby weight (breastfeeding was not my miracle weight loss tool as some had promised.) And finally I wondered if I needed a HUGE diaper bag because I was using cloth diapers.
I still remember when I asked on a cloth diaper blog’s Facebook page (sadly it was before I discovered All About Cloth Diapers). Thankfully, the readers kindly pointed me in the direction I needed to go. I honestly thought that I needed an XL bag to accommodate these fluffy diapers. Now, of course, you certainly can still use an XL diaper bag if you are an over packer like me. I just want you to know that you don’t NEED to.
The trick to keeping it all manageable is going out with your thinnest diapering options and travel sizes of all other necessities. As for the diapers…I really think your trimmest options are going to be Ai2’s. All in two’s are designed to be used more than one time. You can bring one or two shells and then a bunch of inserts and have more diaper changes ready to go in less space. Just alternate back and forth between available shells. If it’s a tiny bit wet I usually just leave open on the top of bag or I have been known to lay it out on the floor of my trunk so it’s dry for the next change.
I have two bags depending on where and what I am going to be doing. One is my XL over packer’s anonymous bag. I think it has exactly what it needs inside and is pretty organized. This is my going out for the day bag and there are a couple of things I really like about it.
I can easily wipe off the outside if some unknown goop gets on it and I can wash it in the washing machine when it needs a deep cleaning.
It has pockets on the inside and outside to keep everything separated and easy to find. I can throw in my wallet, keys and cell phone in the outside pocket and not bring my pocketbook. The inside pockets hold my cloth wipes, spray, sunblock, water and cuppy. A change of clothes fits nicely at the bottom of the bag buried there until we need them.
I like to use reusable bags as much as possible. I have an awesome Monkeyfoot Designs small wetbag to hold all our on-the-go food options. It fits a little spoon and fork as well as a bib and snacks. If it gets gross, I just toss it in the wash and you are good as new.
My small on the go running around the park or quick trip into the store bag is a cute little number I bought used in a Facebook group. Remember, buying used is a great way to save money! It’s a Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses wrap scrap Big Kahuna Bag. Kind of a misnomer as it’s really not that big. It’s got a great adjustable shoulder strap, two bottle pockets and two zipper closed pockets. It is just big enough for a Sippy cup, snack cup and one small wet bag, a few cloth wipes and a clean diaper. Oh and my personal stuff too!
Don’t get me wrong I have been known to stuff my diaper bag to its limits. But I have learned that I don’t always need to! I know there are lots of moms that go around with next to nothing and manage just fine. I haven’t figured out that magic trick yet, but as soon as I do, I will fill you all in!
What is your favorite diaper bag and why do you love it so?