I never thought I would get used the idea of always carrying a big heavy bag everywhere I go, everyday. I like stylish purses (I used to work for a well-known high end handbag company, and my husband will tell you I have a purse addiction), and I used to be particular about how to take care of my nice purses and I would change purses according to my fashion that day.
Now I just carry a washable cross-body bag AND a diaper bag.
I have gone through 3 diaper bags so far. First one had absolutely everything including blankets and medicine but I realized it was way too heavy and I didn’t need that much. When I downsized a little bit, I chose a shoulder bag style diaper bag. It was cute and it looked like a purse, so I liked it but it eventually got in my way when I was holding one of the babies or I didn’t have a stroller with me to put the bag in. Especially since they started walking and I need my hands free to hold both children’s hands on my hands, I needed something that lets me have hands free. So I opted for a backpack diaper bag.
I have been using this backpack for a couple of months including the trip to Japan, and I can say I LOVE it. I stuff this thing full and it is still holding up really well. The different compartments allow me to organize baby stuff in categories like the diaper stuff in a separate section from food related things. And I love that there are two bottle pockets on each side for two water bottles for my boys.
Now, let’s see what I put in my diaper backpack (in different categories)
- Diaper Stuff
2. Eat & Drink
4. For “Accidents”
5. Clean & Protect
There it is! These all fit in my backpack pretty well. We usually drive to places so two baby carriers (we have two Ergo baby carriers), blankets, a picnic mat, extra jackets, hats, etc are in our SUV all the time so I’m thankful that I don’t have to carry those things in my bag.
Also, I wanted to elaborate on the chair belts that I carry everywhere. They are the best baby product I have received. My best friend in Japan actually sent it to me when I was pregnant and I can’t thank her enough. I have used it on so many occasions.
This is the product she got me: Portable baby dining chair belt portable baby dining seat Safety (This is sold on Amazon.com, however, I think my friend bought them at a baby store in Japan)
Basically, you can sit your baby in any chair. We use it on dining chairs at my in-laws’ house or friends’ house. Some high chairs at some restaurants are missing belts, so we bring our chair belts to securely sit our boys in them.
This has saved our life. At restaurants or friends’ house when WE want to eat too, it is so hard to have the babies on our laps while we try to feed them and also eat. This belt lets us feed them in their own chairs.
I am so excited about this product that I tell every friend about this now!
Hope some of you can relate to this post, or maybe help expectant parents decide what kind of diaper bags are a fit for them.
Thank you so much for reading.
Please share what you carry in your diaper bag, or any diaper bag trick that you have in the comments!
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