Packing a diaper bag for a newborn is way different from packing for a one-year-old. When Beth was born my bag was packed, but to be honest, I didn’t bring a diaper bag to the hospital. I fit everything in my Birdling Bags Weekender. I’ll share what I packed in another post later.
Anyways, when Beth was a newborn my diaper bag consisted of swaddles, burp cloths, changes of clothing, pacifiers, a pacifier sanitizer uv one, a stuffed dog lovey, nursing cover, and the obvious changing pad cover, diapers, and wipes.
Back then I also had two diaper bags (one for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter) and interchanged using a ToteSavvy insert. Today, a little over a year later I have 4 diaper bags (including one in a duffel bag format and the other a backpack/messenger bag). The backpack one by Fawn Design is my current favorite. I got the limited edition color in Bloom. I’m not sure how I went this long without one — thank you to my sister for getting it for me for my birthday!
I’m a very organized person when it comes to my diaper bag. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten around to getting the ToteSavvy Mini. The larger one I have fits but I chose not to use it because I like to also take advantage of the interior pockets of the bag. My husband definitely misses the ToteSavvy because he knew exactly where everything was kept for easy diaper changes. Anyways, to keep things organized I bought some Travelon Packing Cubes. They come in a set of 3. I use 2 of the 3. One I either keep my nursing cover inside or the high chair cover, the other I keep as many diapers as I can fit!
If we are traveling and not using my car I will throw in a Save Your Seat Disposable Car Seat Covers that I like to use on high chairs at restaurants. (I reuse it unless it gets gross). If we are using my car then I have two plush covers, one for shopping carts and one for high chairs.
From the pictures you will notice I really like “what I call” Dalmatian print. My wet/dry bag and petite pouch are all from Logan and Lenora in the pattern Go Spot Go. My Changing Pad is Audrey Stripe. Logan and Lenora’s products are phenomenal. The quality is beyond what I have seen elsewhere and they recently announced some of the bags are available at Nordstrom!
Inside the petite pouch I have a few toys, Kleynimals stainless steel keys, some finger puppets, and until recently, a bunch of teethers. Now I’ve added some crayons and recently ordered Beth a MayDesigns notebook. In the wet/dry bag I have a change of clothes, including shorts and pants plus some extra socks, as well as a hat. (I hate socks–in the future booties are the way to go until your little one starts walking.)
My wipes holder is from Babies R Us. It’s one of those free Huggies ones that they sometimes offer with purchase. Honestly I hate the Huggies wipes. They rip too easily but you can’t go wrong with FREE. On the plus side, they are reusable so I refill them with Target Up & Up Unscented Wipes.
In the insulated lunch bag by 7am Enfant which actually came with my large duffel diaper bag, I carry snacks for my daugher, disposable placemats, travel fork and spoon, bib, and one disposable floor mat. This is more for quick outings — like to Target. Usually I bring a separate lunch bag if we plan on being out all day or going out to dinner with some heartier snacks and a pre-made lunch/dinner if she doesn’t like what we eat or order for her.
Beth’s sippy cup sits in one of the two side pockets or at the top of my bag. I also usually have a water bottle with me as well.
Overall I have to say my Fawn Design bag is my favorite diaper bag. Now that Beth is older and weighs more, it is a lot easier to carry her with a backpack style backpack. Even loaded up with all this stuff, it isn’t too heavy in my opinion. If you are a minimalist packer, they also make a mini version and I heard in September the Fall colors will be released!