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.
My husband wasn’t surprised to hear that I was taking my time filling it. Anytime I get anything new that requires me to put stuff inside it, I become very very anal.
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.
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.
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.