Organizing a {Diaper} Bag

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This originally posted in 2016 but the tips hold true today. I just wanted to explain why Jackson’s sucking on a paci in that one picture…

 

I put “diaper” in those fancy brackets – that I’m misusing but they’re pretty – so that if you aren’t using a diaper bag, you could still get something from this…

A couple months before Jackson turned one I started thinking of weening myself off the diaper bag. At least carrying a different bag. I’m thinking practically here, it’s not at all because I love a new bag ;)

I wanted a bag that didn’t look like a diaper bag but could still function like one. My original plan was to buy a big purse and add my to-go diaper changing pad. Then I met this beauty.

It’s an actual diaper bag masquerading as a gorgeous carry-all. I wasn’t sold at first, but the more I looked at it, the more it convinced me we would be best friends.

After doing some research and compiling my own list, I think I’ve got everything I need for Jackson. Now if someone will just please invent a portable potty so when he starts using public restrooms I can avoid that and unpack one from my bag. MmmKay? Thanks!

In this post I showed you how Ipsy beauty bags are my go-to organizational tool. They’re cute and keep my purse clutter free. And when I need a receipt I know exactly where it is.

After the great lipstick explosion of 2015 (it was messy, lives were changed), I’ve learned my lesson and will now put everything in a bag.

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One of the things I loved about my first diaper bag? Pockets! Give every pocket a job.

Assigning pockets helps you know exactly where everything is. Most of the time when you’re handling the bag, you’ve simultaneously got a 20 pound human in your arm, so knowing exactly where to reach for something, helps A LOT.

Even if you don’t have a 20 pound human around, assigning pockets will help keep you organized and frazzle free.

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LOOK AT HIS LASHES!! #notfairhesaboy

 

Do a bag check once a week (or more). I periodically go through the bag and restock everything. Wipes, diapers, swap out the toy to keep Jackson interested. During the photo shoot, I had to swap out every single packet of food – because he ate them. All four of them. Within a 20 minute period.

This is also a great practice for your purse. Go through and reorganize everything where it needs to be. Sometimes a receipt gets thrown in and not put in a bag – put it away.

This is easily something that can be put off, but it takes less than 10 minutes and it’s saved me so many times. Refilling a bag in peace and quiet is so much better than running around the house panic grabbing everything as you dash out the door.

Hope these tips help! Today on FOX43 I’m talking about what to put in your purse, so stay tuned for that video coming later this week.

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