The Diaper Bag
I must start this post by noting that I’ve always traveled light, even with babies. I prefer to, if possible, stash extra supplies in a bag in the car and carry with me only the bare minimum, if anything. With Genna, I usually didn’t carry a diaper bag anywhere, unless we were planning to be there for several hours. We did diaper changes in the car.
With Teddy, well, we don’t travel light.
My bag is just a backpack. Not a diaper bag.
I keep it organized with a series of wet bags. Four in all, five if you count the one intended for wet diapers. Why wet bags? Because they can be emptied and used to hold wet things if needed. They can work as an emergency barf bag in a pinch. They’re just more versatile than a plan fabric bag.
In the large compartment, I keep the four wet bags:
– One holds a change of clothes for Teddy and also a pair of undies for each of the kids.
– One holds everything we need to complete diaper changes. Diapers, covers, change pad, wipes, and wet bag. When we need to change a diaper, I can just pull out this bag.
– One holds feeding tube supplies and medicines. I have one of everything I need to complete a feed, including a small bottle of water and syringe to flush his tube as needed. I prefer to carry medicines in pre-filled syringes inside a reusable snack bag that tucks into this bag, as well.
– One holds emergency medical supplies. Alcohol wipes and heparin. Syringes with sterile saline. Two empty syringes of different sizes. Foley catheter. Some sterile gauze pads.
In the next compartment, I keep some books for the older kids, a few snacks, and my knitting.
In the front compartment, I keep my bag. It’s a tiny shoulder bag that holds my wallet. If I don’t need to take the whole bag in with me, I can just grab my bag, or just the wallet.
In the very front, I keep things like some gum and sunglasses.
Then we have a separate bag for the feeding pump and the tubing that goes with it. I hope to reach a point where we don’t need the pump during the day, which will lighten our load a bit. The tubing for the pump and his vented feed setup is just plain bulky.
That’s our diaper bag. I still anticipate being able to keep this bag in the car for the most part, but it’s got FAR more stuff in it than I’m accustomed to toting around with me.
What about you? What’s lurking in your diaper bag?