One thing I wondered when I was pregnant was what everyone was carrying around in those huge diaper bags. I observed moms and dads dragging around overstuffed bags bigger than the carry-on luggage I’d use for a weekend trip. What the heck did they have in there–fully cooked meals, extra outfits, an entire package of diapers? I didn’t get it. And I must admit, I still don’t. I’ve been a mother for over two years now and have never carried around a diaper bag.
During my daughter’s first six months or so, I didn’t bring anything with me on outings I knew would last just an hour or two. I mean, I seriously didn’t bring anything for the baby: not a diaper, a book, a toy. If I was planning on being gone for longer, I would tuck a Zip-loc bag into my purse. The Zip-loc would contain one extra diaper, another Zip-loc for the wet diaper, and a little baggie with two or three wipes.
Now that my daughter is older, I have to be a little more prepared on outings. I still use the same Zip-loc/diaper system, but I’ll also bring a small book, a little snack, and a cup. This all fits in the bag I’d normally carry around–a regular bag, not a diaper bag.
I know diaper bags don’t have to be gigantic pink bags appliquéd with teddy bears and ducks. Hey, there are even some stylish, eco-friendly bags out there, like this messenger bag (pictured) I found on Zoe B Organics. I wanted to avoid an extra purchase, and I never minded being diaper-bag free.
But I still want to know: what do YOU keep in that jumbo diaper bag?!