Big or small, heavy or light, pink or blue, we all carry a diaper bag almost everywhere we go with our babies. But what should be in there? What’s considered essential and what’s just plain silly to lug around? If you have a tiny diaper bag, do you ever wonder what’s in those giant bags on other mommies’ shoulders? And on the other side, how do some moms travel with such a tiny bag, especially when cloth diapering??
I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m going to dissect my own bag. Keep in mind that I have four kids, only
one of whom is still in diapers.
First, when I’m going out for a couple of hours, say to church or a playdate, I like to carry two extra diapers. If it’s going to be longer, like maybe most of the day, I prefer to have four. This dictates which bag I will use. Typically I use the bag pictured here for daily use, but I also have a bigger one if we’re going to be gone a while. Here’s what I have in my bag right now:
- a disposable wipes case filled with half a dozen wet cloth wipes
- hand sanitizer
- diaper rash cream
- a few disposable wipes just in case I run out of the cloth ones
- spare pants for the baby
- a wet bag to hold all the dirty diapers
- a couple of toys
- a tube of baby sunblock
- 2 pocket diapers
- 1 PUL cover
- 1 prefold to trifold in the cover
Is all that necessary? No. The essentials in any diaper bag are simply wipes and diapers. With cloth, you
also need to carry either a wet bag or a plastic bag to carry the dirty diapers home. Everything else is extra.
So what’s in your diaper bag? Anything you know you don’t need? Something you’re dying to share with other mommies to make their lives a little easier? Tell us!
Kristi Stokes has been the mom behind the Wee Little Changes blog for nearly a year now. She is a stay-at-home mom to four awesome kids and started cloth diapering 3 years ago. You can visit Wee Little Changes, a Knickernappies retailer, at http://www.weelittlechanges.