Leaving the house as a first time mama was intimidating! Not only was I not used to having another human completely depending on me – but I had to figure out how to get around while having everything I could possibly need to take care of my little one. This meant having a car seat in my car, a stroller or carrier to hold my little one once I got to my destination, and then having everything on hand in case anything from a blow out to a fever happened! There is an art to packing diaper bags – you want to be prepared for anything, but you also can’t carry the entire nursery room with you. So, a few Punk Mamas have shared what is in their diaper bags to help any new mamas out there get a better sense of what to plan on toting around!
(Pictured above) “Wipes (we use the same wipes for everything), burp cloth, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, lip balm, dirty diaper bags, size two diapers, size four diapers, two cups with water, change of clothes for baby, changing pad, wallet. Usually I have some snacks in there, too.” – Erika B., mama to three: 5yo, 2yo, and 2mos.
(Pictured above) “A friend made this for me years ago, and it became my main diaper bag. I use a backpack too, but this bag is special to me. It doesn’t leak when I forget to close something tight enough, it’s roomy, matches my wardrobe, and there’s no way to mix it with someone else’s. Extra outfits for both kids, boogie wipes, butt wipes, burp towel, size four and size one diapers, scented plastic bags, and cream.” – Amelia P. M., mama to two.
(Pictured above) “Diaper holder with mat, three diapers and Honest Co. wipes, extra clothes, sticky place mats (we use them at restaurant and stick them right on the table for him so he can eat food right off the surface and to clean up you just peel it right off!), Augie and Lola pouches with snacks, Tylenol, one book, one toy, face wipes, boogie wipes, sanitizer, sunblock, panty liner, tampon, and chapstick! Before leaving the house I may throw in a hoodie depending on the temperature and also a sippy cup with water.” – Sarah C., mama to a one: 15mos.
(Pictured left) “We have changing pad, wipes, diapers, extra clothes with light jacket in case it’s chilly, light blanket, small umbrella because weather in SoFla is crazy! Boogies wipes, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, small trash bags for diapers if were not by a trash can, portable charger for our cell phones, toys, lotion, sunscreen, teether, burp cloths/bibs, snacks and a spoon, and a bag with small first aid kit and Tylenol/thermometer.” – Laura T., mama to one: 8mos.
“My bag’s pretty minimal! We use a backpack. We don’t go out much yet; we pack diapers, wipes, changing pad, change of clothes, two flannel blankets, pacifier, spare nipple shield, burp cloth – I think that’s it!” “UPDATE! Mine grew since last post: diapers, wipes, Sani-wipes, hand sanitizer, changing pad, plastic bag for dirty whatever, soft blanket, burp cloth, winter hat, spring hat, car seat toy add ons, paci, nipple shield, Muslin swaddle for cover up if needed, 2 changes of clothes (one outfit and one sleeper).” – Ashley P., mama to one: 2mos.
“Never used one! Sometimes I had extra pants in the car and wipes just in case, but never carried any kind of baby supplies in a bag or anything like that. I’m a weirdo and we didn’t do diapers. [Elimination communication]” – Brooke A., mama to two.
(Pictured above) “I don’t even have a diaper bag! I carry a medium sized Vera Bradley quilted tote. I really should get a properdiaper bag and wet bag set. I parcel all of her solid food out into small glass mason jars. It’s easy to pack, easy to hold and easy to clean.” – Sarah H., mama to one: 9mos.
“I don’t really carry one! Just throw diapers, water, a change of clothes and a credit card into a bag! Good to go!” – Esther M., mama to two.
(Pictured right) “Diapers, wipes, extra clothes (the one time I forgot to bring extra ones she shit all over everything 🙃) toys, nail clippers because you never know when you’ll need them, bottle if we’re out for a long period of time, then I have stuff for me! Tea tree cream because I wash my hands so much they get so dry, snacks, phone charger! It’s usually a lot more organized.” – Cailah M., mama to one.
“Cloth diapers, a dirty diaper bag, a teether, wipes, hand sanitizer, a spit up rag, and 2 extra outfits.” – Melissa K., mama to one.
“So happy my girl is five and we now leave the house with a thermos and my wallet.” – Elisabeth N. W., mama to one; 5yo.