Wednesday, March 12, 2014

INSIDE MY DIAPER BAG

When you have two kids under the age of three, your diaper bag is seriously doing double duty. And since I have a penchant for loading my bags up like pack mules, I had to either determine which things are truly necessities, or carry everything and live in my chiropractor’s office. For obvious reasons, I chose the former, so here are the items I can’t live without. They are the exact items I carry in my diaper bag:
  1. Boudreaux’s Baby Kisses Lip and Cheek Moisturizer – This is one of my favorite lip balms (Eos is the other, and I keep that one in my wallet). It glides on easily, is fragrance free, and stays put. The kids and I both use it. I found it on clearance but would actually pay full price if need be; Kroger
  2. Diaper bag organizer – In one word, this is a lifesaver. Without it, I’d be rooting around in this bag for days; eBay
  3. Aquaphor Healing Ointment – What with all the diaper changing and hand washing that goes on, my hands are so dry, they look as if I’ve rolled them around in flour. This mitigates the damage, somewhat; Walgreens
  4. Hooter Hider – When you breastfeed your children as long as I do (I nursed Scotty until 17 months), sooner or later you’re going to have to do it in public. I’m totally not judging the mothers who choose to just whip it out, but I prefer to keep the twins concealed; eBay
  5. Tide to Go – Because stains happen; Target
  6. GoGo Squeeze Applesauce – It’s all-natural and my son can feed it to himself without making a mess. I love this stuff; Walmart
  7. Pure Wipes for Kids – The strongest, most reliable anti-bacterial wipes, bar none. (I also use them to wipe down tables at restaurants, too.) They’re well worth the price of only $1.20 per pack of 36; Big Lots
  8. Johnsons & Johnsons First Aid Kit – Because boo-boos also happen; Target
  9. Longchamp Large LePliage Tote – The art of consolidation has even impacted my choice of handbag: My diaper bag also doubles as a purse for now. I wanted something stylish, stain resistant, and, of course, light. This classic nylon Longchamp bag with durable leather straps is perfect; Neiman Marcus
  10. Speed Wheels toy car – I actually have about four of these in the bag. They (mostly) keep Scotty preoccupied, and at only $.89, it’s no big deal if he loses one; Walgreens
  11. Sesame Street Sensitive Baby Wipes – Another clearance find. Now I’m addicted to them and pray they’re not being discontinued; Big Lots
  12. Germ-X hand sanitizer – I buy these in bulk because, yes, we all know germs happen, too; Walmart
  13. The First Years changing pad – This was on my baby shower registry when I was pregnant with Scotty, and it continues to be my go-to changing pad for baby Kennedy. It cleans easily, has several storage pockets, and I can fold it with one hand; Target
  14. Raw almonds – Packed with antioxidants and “the good fats,” this small snack packs a powerful punch and can stave off my hunger for hours. My local grocery store
  15. Lysol To Go spray – Does this even warrant an explanation? Life with kids is stinky; Target

UPDATE: Times change. Please note that I've changed diaper bags since I published this post. 
Here's what I'm carrying now:

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14 comments:

  1. Gosh, it's been years since I carried a diaper bag. My bag was pretty much filled with everything in my house! Ha! I wonder why I went through diapers bags like I changing diapers! LOL!

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    1. Yes! I must have changed diaper bags at least four or five times during Scotty's first 12 months -- not because they didn't last, though, but because I got tired of the style of them. This Longchamp, however, as staying power. I think. lol

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  2. Lol at "life with kids is stinky." At first I thought you said sticky -- which works, too :)

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    1. Hi, Sara! Oh, yes, I meant STINKY. The wipes can take care of the sticky part, but not the stinky. You think one dirty diaper creates funk? Try doubling it.

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  3. Geez I haven't carried a diaper bag in many years, but it was packed with everything for the baby and siblings. Snacks and zippy cups, clothes but nothing and I repeat nothing for me. Dang, you packed almonds for yourself and I never thought to pack a snack for me. I think it's because I ate half of theirs. Isn't that like taking candy from babies??? LOL

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    1. LOL! Hi, Angela! Hey, remember: mine are still young so I'm not packing candy for them yet (with the exception of a few Jelly Bellies for Scotty.) If I did pack more candy, rest assured, there wouldn't be any left for them. I have a serious sweet tooth! But, I tell you, almonds do nip hunger in the bud -- at least long enough for me to get to the nearest drive-thru. I'm joking! (Sort of. :-/)

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    2. Courtney, love the items in your bag. I don't have a baby but I do carry a few of those goodies in my own bag lol. As for your post on baby weight struggles I loved your share, had to comment here because I don't have FB . Great post, glad it got to see "the light of day :)"

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    3. Thank you, Mari! If someone had asked me to share that essay with the masses right after I had written it, I would have said hell no. Strangely, though, I now feel oddly liberated having released it. Go figure. I think it's because I know I'm not alone.

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  4. I never imagined all that could fit in one little bag. :O

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    1. Lexa, I'm telling you, having to carry all of these items with me has turned me into the mom version of MacGyver. Necessity is the mother of all invention. But I tell you what, I'd be nowhere without that little caddy, item #2. That is KEY.

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  5. Very smart choices, love the idea of packing almonds. It's time to repack mine, I'll have to keep some of these in mine.

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    1. Hi! Yes...almonds are my jam! Well, they aren't as sweet as jam, come to think of it...well, you get my point. lol

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  6. I love how organized your diaper bag is, Courtney. Seriously, mine was this ugly old backpack with junk just shoved in it. There were usually spilled Cheddar Bunnies in the bottom, and ugh. I'm glad Tucker's four now and that I no longer need it!

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    1. LOL Thanks, Kristi. Now if only I can apply this organization to the clothing drawers in my bedroom and, the holy grail of all messy situations: The junk drawer(s) in our kitchen nook. :-/

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