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What's REALLY In My Diaper Bag

The diaper bag. A mom’s arsenal. The mobile warehouse of all things for all children. A veritable stockpile of supplies for every contingency while out and about with kids.

Or is it?

I like to think of myself as an eminently prepared person. I’m a former project manager and I used to do a lot of event planning. When I was working an event, I could be counted on to answer all questions, deal with all crises, and produce rolls of duct tape or paper clips out of thin air. It seems natural that I should bring those skills into my life as a mom. My former coworkers would not be surprised if they saw me pull diapers, wipes, clean clothes, a spare tire, a bicycle pump, lunch for 8 people, and a puppy out of my diaper bag if the situation merited it. They would be so disappointed if they saw what I’m really carrying around these days. They’d also fire me if I still worked there because my ability to be prepared for any situation has been compromised.

Here’s what’s really in my diaper bag, the good, the bad, and the ugly!


  • My Bag 1 of 13
    My Bag
    This is an outrageously expensive Petunia Picklebottom bag that I splurged on because it was pretty. It actually cost more than my baby's crib. Sometimes, I feel like an idiot for buying it but, mostly, I love it.
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Diapers and Wipes 2 of 13
    Diapers and Wipes
    This is why I love this bag. It's a changing table! I keep diapers wipes and hand sanitizer here. So handy!
    Photo Credit: Author
  • More Hand Santizer 3 of 13
    More Hand Santizer
    For some reason, I have an extra bottle of sanitizer on the outside of the bag. Apparently, I'm trying to keep the germ-killing industry afloat by buying all the Purell.
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Nursing Cover 4 of 13
    Nursing Cover
    I don't like the pattern on my nursing cover but it was handed down from a friend who got it from a friend of hers. I question that friend's taste but hey! Free nursing cover!
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Clothes 5 of 13
    Clothes
    And this is where it all unravels. All the baby clothes are the wrong size and season. I have a shirt for my son but no pants or undies. Basically, in the event of any potty accident, my kids would be a hot mess.
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Kleenex 6 of 13
    Kleenex
    I can wipe all the noses in the land!
    Photo Credit: Author
  • My Stuff 7 of 13
    My Stuff
    Wallet, eye drops, clip-on shades for when I wear glasses, make-up. Please note that I never wear any of the lip glosses pictured here. I wear one that I have stashed in my car. I have no idea why I still have these.
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Trash 8 of 13
    Trash
    Yeah. I have no idea. I really need to just not accept receipts in stores. Because this is annoying.
    Photo Credit: Author
  • First Aid Kit 9 of 13
    First Aid Kit
    One band-aid and a gauze swab count as a first aid kit, right?
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Toy 10 of 13
    Toy
    Because what all children love is a...stuffed pear? Where did I even get this silly toy?
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Granola Bar 11 of 13
    Granola Bar
    This is so crushed that it actually qualifies as cereal. If I tried to feed it to my son, it would spill out in the form of a billion crumbs that would never leave my car.
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Blanket and Burp Cloth 12 of 13
    Blanket and Burp Cloth
    I use these interchangeably, depending on which is on top in my time of need.
    Photo Credit: Author
  • Trash Bags 13 of 13
    Trash Bags
    The bags from newspapers are PERFECT for diaper disposal after I discard the newspaper, unread, because I have no time to read.
    Photo Credit: Author

 

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