Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Bag Lady

I love bags. A large portion of my enviably large closet is dedicated to my bag fetish. I just can't seem to stop buying them, although I hardly need any. But I keep hoping I'll find the perfect bag. Alas, it doesn't seem to exist.

In the meantime, I have a million bags each dedicated to their own purpose. Having a baby opens one up to a whole new host of excuses to buy new bags. And yet, like the bag itself, the contents of a perfectly organized, perfectly "be-prepared-for-the-worst" diaper bag seem to elude me. My goal is to compile a list of the contents of a diaper bag at different ages and stages. I'm going to start with age 1+ because that's where I am now, but I'm going to work backwards to coming home day. I'm hoping all my mommy friends will help me and maybe even contribute pictures of the contents of their bags!

Today, these are the contents of my one-year-old daughter's diaper bag:

  • One change of clothes (onesie and shorts for summer)
  • Wipes
  • 3 diapers
  • hand sanitizer
  • diaper cream
  • Reusable bag for dirty clothes or dirty diapers
  • Disposable place mats
  • Wipe-off bib 
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • One food pouch (We love the Earth's Best yogurt pouches!)
  • One individual serving apple juice (I can't believe how many places do not have kid-friendly drinks!) 
  • Snack trap containing baby trail mix
  • Blankie with paci on a strap
  • Extra paci
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Teething toy
  • Cosmetic bag containing: advil, tylenol, teething gel, bandaids, extra hair clips and rubber bands
  • Compact umbrella
  • Board book
If I get ambitious, I'll spread everything out and take a picture. 

What should I have that I've forgotten? It's hard to find that line between being prepared for anything and packing everything but the kitchen sink!

*Also in my car is the "emergency bag" that contains extra diapers and wipes, a changing pad for back-of-the-car diaper changes, hand sanitizer, another food pouch, and an extra outfit. In the back seat is a bag of car toys- a stuffed dino, glo-doodle, board books, and teething toy. ALSO behind the passenger's seat is another pouch with wipes and a diaper. Can you tell I'm paranoid about running out of diapers? It hasn't happened yet!

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