The Evolution Of My Diaper Bag

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. |

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. |

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. |

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

50 Things to Do Before You Deliver: The First Time Moms Pregnancy Guide
Available now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • 2.8K


  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!

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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. Angela D'Amico on

    Omg… I love it… I had a third and I’m lucky if I remember to leave the house with a diaper at all!

  3. Estella Burns on

    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!

  4. Shannon Goodwillie Karren on

    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!

  5. 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!

  6. Karin Columbell on

    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!

  7. Soumiya Krishnaswamy on

    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!

  8. TravisEmilie Dolphin on

    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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. sy rase fb ni sgaje buat utk pecah belahkan msyrakat…ramai indian yg komen but admin still truskan kutuk?hipotesis: ntah2 org yg ad kpntingan yg buat fb ni spye indian n malay gaduh…klu betul die x ske indian np die x delete komen2 yg belambak 2 or reply ckp dorg…papepon sy dah report…anda…anda…anda..ble lagi..heeeeeeeee

  12. Hey there I am so glad I found your weblog, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Askjeeve for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the excellent work.

  13. Mark – My recommendation is that you ignore people who have nothing to contribute to the conversation except for trash talking and name calling. You can’t reason with them, you’ll never outshout them, so just let them bang on their highchair and shout to themselves. A fire starved of oxygen soon expires.

  14. Yesss! Baby food!! I have not seen that brand apple/butternut squash. I feel like such a weirdo shopping in the baby food aisle with all the moms I used to get cysts in my eyes!! Hasn't happened in a few years though, but it's definitely weird. I've been scheduled to go in for laser eye surgery a couple times to get them removed, and then they always went away before the appointment came up… Was this answer helpful?

  15. Can I simply say what a relief to search out someone who actually is aware of what theyre speaking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know how you can carry a difficulty to light and make it important. Extra folks need to read this and perceive this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  16. It has conditions been easier to choose between the rewriting
    services, as all customer opinions and testimonials are
    gathered in ditty categorize on you to pick the best. Take off peevish je sais quoi and
    as a end result bad experience by consulting any paraphrase website reviews.
    Utterly written testimonials will example you through the dispose of of selecting the one and
    purely rendering usefulness that will angry your needs.

  17. Aw, this has been an extremely very good post. In notion I’ve to set up writing in this way moreover – taking time and actual effort to make a top notch article… but exactly what can I say… I procrastinate alot and also by no indicates seem to go done.

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.