I feel like I've been shlepping stuff around with me, my entire life!
From the schoolyard knapsacks loaded with back breaking heavy textbooks - to the oversized high-school totes, filled with non uniform clothes, and ALL the make-up I'd pile on throughout the day. . Oh man! I've always had a lot of stuff, that I just couldn't seem to leave home without.
So naturally, I was always THAT girl who probably had something when you most needed it.
Gum? A Snack? Nail File? Scarf? If you could think it, I could probably dig it out.
Flash forward to now, and I'm still the girl saving the day with my miscellaneous treasure trove. Yet those once friends in need, are now replaced by a forever hungry toddler - and a perpetually drooling infant.
There isn't a a trip out of the house, that doesn't involve me constantly reaching into my bag of tricks, looking for something to keep Stella from having a melt-down, or frantically digging for a clean spare outfit, post an epic diaper blowout courtesy of Lola.
In those moment's the last thing I want to deal with is unorganized chaos - so I make sure to keep everything in it's place, ready for easy access. It's all about quality over quantity - and having multi functional pieces.
Keep reading below to see exactly what I keep in mine.
Not Your Mama's Diaper Bag
I love this bag for many reasons. One, it's a backpack - so I can have my hand's free to tend to the girls. Two, it's faux leather inside & out - meaning the entire surface is wipeable. Three, it's very spacious. Four, it's stylish - and doesnt look like a diaper bag.
The side pockets are my favorite, because I can access my phone & hand sanitizer, without taking it off my back .
If I'm gong out for a few hours, or running some errands - this is typically what my bag looks like. I also use this diaper bag as my purse. So considering this serves Lola + Stella, and I - we definitely are on the minimalistic end of the spectrum.
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My "Never Leave Home Without" Newborn Essentials
The most import thing in my diaper bag, is of course - diapers! Which I try to have a constant healthy stack of. Also, wipes - which I can never have enough of! Seriously, those 'to-go' wipe container's don't fit nearly as much as I need - so the whole package goes with! The third most important, a spare outfit (or two) ! Blow out's (and spit up) are going to happen - and it will be everywhere! A spare outfit has saved both Lola & Stella from rockin a diaper after soiling their outfit's completely. Also, a light weight blanket can serve many purposes; nursing cover, car seat cover, place to lay baby, or a back-up outfit incase all your other's get ruined. . lol!
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Mama & Toddler Essentials
Now, I will say toddler's require much less than a newborn. Mainly, I just have to make sure to have a constant supply of snacks and refreshment's on hand for Stella. I really love this bento box I scored from Amazon. It came with another one (pastel pink) - and they are leakproof. Of course, I always have to have lots of hand sanitizer - because, toddler's love touching germy things. Other miscellaneous item's ; Sip canteen (keeps my tea warm!), hand salve, wallet, sunglasses, lip balm, and an extra t-shirt - because, spit up!
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Are you a minimalist, or a hoarder?
What is your must have item that you carry in your diaper bag - or purse? Do you always seem to need something you don't have? Or can you not find anything you need - because you have way too much stuff in your bag?
Let's talk in the comments!