Before our babies were born, I loved reading people's posts on what to put in their diaper bags. It's funny how what you EXPECT you'll carry, is really not what you carry at all. I think diaper bag contents are a very personal thing, but preparing for your own unexpected is what diaper bag packing is all about.
One of the best gifts I got when expecting was from a dear co-worker. It was a small diaper bag, packed with all the essentials, and a note from her own experiences, on what her bag included. Although we already had a large bag purchased, Amy's system employed both the big bag and the little bag to make packing quick and convenient. Although I didn't realize it at the time, her system is ingenious.
So today, I'd like to pass her gift on to you, and share the scoop on how I diaper bag for twins.
First, I have two bags - a small bag Eddie Bauer Bag with lots of pockets, and a large bag - the Chicco Cubes tote. The small bag goes with me everywhere, and the big bag "refills" from the car. Typically, I repack the small bag every time we go out, and the large bag stays in the car, and is only refilled if we take something from it. I know it sounds like more work, but it really isn't! Especially with twins, I'm already laden down with so much gear and baby that having a little bag is perfect, but still always have the security that the big bag's there for backup if needed.
|Small Eddie Bauer Bag|
|Large Chicco Cubes Bag|
So now for the good stuff - what's IN my bags!
Here's a sneak peak and a detailed list:
1 - Diapers: We need two sizes and typically put four of each size in the small bag for a total of eight.
2 - Wipes: For little bums
3 - Diaper Rash Cream: Luckily, we have not yet had to deal with serious diaper rash, so I bring a sample size pack - just in case something surprised me. These samples came from new mom Similac packs and Motherhood Maternity goodie bags.
4 - Rubber Gloves: For the occasional poopy diaper that makes you freeze in horror
5 - Ziplock Bag: To contain the filthy clothing that the horrific diaper just leaked on.
6 - Changing Table Liners: To protect your precious little one from other babies horrific diaper germies
7 - Receiving Blanket: Used as an impromptu changing pad on the floor of a bathroom, to cover a carseat in the rain, or (obviously) to cover a babe when it gets chilly.
8 - Face Friendly Wipes: I've got pukers, and don't like the idea of putting bum wipes on their sensitive little faces. Johnson's smell nice and are resealable, and I believe Boogie Wipes are basically the same thing. Babies R Us carries a bum wipe that's also safe on faces in their travel size section, but the non-resealable package urks me.
9 - Pacifier Wipes: Helpful for when the only bink you have has fallen on the floor of the pediatrician's office.
10 - Hand Sanitizer
11 - Cloth Diapers: For burp cloths, spit up, and for rolling up and propping under bottles for self-feeding while at restaurants.
12 - Formula Powder in Bottles: Once I realized how expensive Similac's "to-go" bottles were, I figured I could easily make an inexpensive alternative myself. I pre-measure and pack for simple mixing on the go.
13 - Bottled Water for Formula Powder: I love Aldi's 10 oz bottles which are perfectly sized for my diaper bag, and two 4 ounce bottles (and a sip for me).
14 - Nipples: We pack the disposable ones from the formula samples just because I don't "miss them" in my regular rotation.
15 - Pacifiers: One spare for each
16 - Toys: We like thin puppets, a small klinky toy (keys) and our blinky multi-colored strobe light rubber chick toys from Easter. Just enough to keep them occupied, but save space.
So there you have it - all of this fits in my small bag (amazing huh?) and most is replicated in my large bag with just a little more diapers, a larger pack of wipes, changes of clothes for each baby, more toys, more water, etc.
And since it's so important to refresh those diaper bags regularly, I have a checklist by my door for easy reference in confirming bag contents. Feel free to download my Twin Diaper Bag Checklist and use yourself!
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