With my first baby, I was that mom, the Martyr MacGyver with the Mary Poppins Diaper Bag. I had it all. I was prepared for anything. Packing that diaper bag was an act of love, and this isn’t me putting myself down for it. When you have one baby, you have the energy reserves to backpack through the mall with half your house on your shoulder.

What my diaper bag contents looked like for my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd baby. | BabyRabies.com

baby blanket, burp cloth (and do not mix the two), spoon for homemade baby food, homemade baby food, bib, antibacterial wipes for surfaces, an entire freaking medicine cabinet (diaper cream, gas drops, teething tablets, cough medicine, Tylenol AND Advil, A FIRST AID KIT), hand sanitizer (so much sanitizing happening), Boogie Wipes, Sophie the teething giraffe, nursing cover, cloth wipes and wipe solution, cloth diapers, wet bag, extra change of baby clothes, colorful and non-plastic toys

Of course, things have to change when you have another baby. I still did my best to pack that bag with love, but I also had to consider my oldest… and my sanity. This bag was A LOT more about my sanity.

What my diaper bag contents looked like for my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd baby. | BabyRabies.com

blanket/nursing cover, burp cloth, bib, organic baby food pouches, fruit leather snacks for big brother, lollipops/bribes for big brother, Sophie, obnoxious plastic toy for big brother, digital tablet distraction for big brother, board books for wishful thinking, hand sanitizer, surface wipes, disposable diapers and wipes, diaper cream, change of clothes, a baby wearing device so I could strap baby to me while chasing terrorist toddler big brother

Annnnnd then I had the 3rd one. Absolute game-changing ass kicker.

What my diaper bag contents looked like for my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd baby. | BabyRabies.com

“This is enough, right? HEY! Tell your sister not to run in the street!! Has anyone seen my keys? GET. IN. THE. CAR.”

45 thoughts on “The Evolution Of My Diaper Bag”

  1. No more cloth? Or just at home? Also, I’m having a little anxiety over the lack of snacks in that third bag. But I dream of the day when we can get out the door that quickly and simply!

    1. With Leyna, we cloth diapered at home nearly all the time. Just not when out or traveling. With Lowell, we cloth diaper on the weekends, but mostly not when we’re out. And the snacks thing… I usually have some random ones floating around somewhere.

      1. Spot on. I also admit to buying a ridiculously expensive and impractical diaper bag for my first, gained some wisdom and got a skip hop for my second, and pretty much just shoved diapers and wipes into my purse for the third.

    2. By the 3rd or 4th, I learned to leave a box of applesauce pouches in the trunk, along with a case of water, and diapers. And if those ran out, chicken nuggets are 10 for $1.49 at Burger King…

  2. Is it bad that I’m on baby number #2 and diaper bag #3? I throw a diaper in my purse, wipes, extra pacifier and 1 food pouch. Hey, they can learn to share!

  3. By baby 3, we kept a stash of diapers and wipes in the car and even then, I was lucky to have remembered to restock them!

  4. I’m going on number 5, and I’m also lucky is I remember to restock the 8 month old twins bag with enough diapers for both, I run out of wipes when I’m out ask the time, toys? On the car floor, food? Whatever snacks and jars survive in the bottom of the bag… Antibacterial wipes? Never had them with 3 and 4, number 5 is gonna have a superior immune system for sure!

  5. Yup. First one I had a bag that was from my baby shower, packed to the gills. Second one, I’ve changed to an old Jansport backpack so I have hands free for toddler and wearing the little one. Change of clothes for each, diapers for each, snacks for the toddler, and room for my wallet because I sure can’t manage a purse too!!! I should have gone simple for the first one!

  6. Baby number 1, diaper bag number 3. I live in NYC. I can’t schlep all that around. I’d die. Did the same when on holiday in Italy for a few weeks. Ain’t nothing we can’t get or go home to should an emergency arrive!

  7. I’m pregnant with #2 and I’m already at the “baby #3 diaper bag” stage. Sometimes I even forget a diaper but remember the wipes…oiy.

  8. Oh my gosh, I need help! Three kids but we use a combo of diaper bags one AND two. With a wistful weekender joining the party as a pumping station for me. To be fair though, we live a hour and a half from… Anything. Every trip is a day trip. Or I’m just OCD crazy?

  9. I love that I have moved away from diaper bags but I was on bag 3 by kid 3 and stayed that way for the next 3 kids.

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