Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
What’s in my Diaper Bag?
I’ve learned a few things in 25 months. First, I don’t need a diaper bag. We started with a standard diaper bag, then a backpack, then a Baby Bandolier. The bandolier was pretty cool, but in rural America we’re never far from our car, so our travel gear almost never leaves our car trunk. Dirty diapers are changed in a back seat, or out of the back of our hatchback.
Our diaper bag is literally a bag â€“ a paper grocery bag. It contains:
- 2 disposable diapers
- 1 diaper wipe travel case
- 3 individually wrapped anti-bacterial travel wipes
- 2 one gallon Ziploc freezer bags (for storing a soiled reusable pocket diaper â€“ we replace it with a disposable diaper when out-of-the-house)
- 1 receiving blanket
- 1 change of clothes
Oh, but do we really tote a grocery bag when visiting friends? There’s
no need. Once we had a baby, we sprouted a bunch of parent friends, and
they all have diaper changing facilities at their homes. Visits to
non-parent homes are typically short when we have Little Miss with us.
The biggest revelation for me was that we didn’t need a traditional changing pad. In two years, how often has poop or pee spilled onto the pad? Never. So I throw down a receiving blanket. It can double as leg cover on a car seat during cold weather, and it gets washed with our regular laundry. If the blanket does get soiled one day, I’ll stuff it in one of the freezer bags.
Snacks are a different matter. We keep food in a thermal lunch bag, or in the bag attached to our shopping cart liner, or in my wife’s purse, or, God forbid, I hold a plastic sandwich bag in my hand. A sippy cup fits nicely in the chest pocket of a T-shirt.
I’m becoming a fan of Ziplock Snack Bags, which are half as long as normal sandwich bags (6.5" x 3.25"), ideal for carrying blueberries, strawberries or half a sandwich.