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How to Leave the House Without a Diaper Bag

Have you ever seen the commercial where the first time mom leaves the house looking like a pack mule? Then the second time around she’s a total mom on a mission. As a third time mom, I can attest to the fact that the trend only continues. Minimalism is life when you’re trying to keep three tiny humans alive and thriving.

Nowadays, I’m more interested in throwing a few diapers in my purse than packing up a trendy diaper bag. When I do actually bring a diaper bag, it’s typically a backpack style bag with a few baby essentials tossed in for emergencies.

In fact, there are many trips we take where I don’t bring a diaper bag at all.

The Car Kit

I’m not a huge fan of lugging around a giant bag of baby things, and as a mom of three, I often need extras for the whole family. I keep a fabric box in my trunk (fabric over plastic to prevent sliding) with an extra change of clothes for all the kids, a towel, paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, and a changing pad. I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy—that time Evie had a stomach bug, the time the baby messed her diaper right through her clothes, and the time my oldest had an accident. The car kit fixes all, even for embarrassed tweens.

The Bare Essentials

In addition to my car kit, I keep a few extra diapers and a travel pack of baby wipes in my purse. I also keep a spare toy and pacifier in there, too. These are especially handy when you’re inside Target—because honestly, where are you if not Target—and don’t want to make the trek all the way to the car just to grab a pacifier. Now that I have older kids trucking along with me and the baby, I also keep lollipops, quarters, and an extra supply of tween friendly feminine hygiene products.

Feeding Tools

Before going back to work, I exclusively breastfed my youngest. After going back to work, I found it hard to keep my supply up. I’ve struggled with supply issues in the past, so I began supplementing with formula in between nursing sessions. Having to pack up an entire feeding supply list of bottles, water, formula, and more just to leave the house was exhausting, so I was super excited to hear about Sippy Nipple.

Each pack comes with 2 nipple sizes that fit most water bottles, allowing me to turn the water bottle I was already carrying into a baby bottle. It’s genius! It took my breastfed baby a few feedings to get used to the slimmer nipple, but the convenience was a big incentive to help her get used to it, and it didn’t cause any issues with excess air intake or gassiness. Two thumbs way up in my book!

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8 thoughts on “How to Leave the House Without a Diaper Bag

  1. Have passed the stage of carrying diapers as we just got toilet trained…Love the idea of the car kit.. Would love to implement it soon as sometimes yes i do forget the feeding tools and end up have a cranky baby

  2. Having a car kit would definitely come in handy especially on car trips. You never know when you’ll need paper towels or any other supplies. I usually bring the diaper bag wherever we go since it has all three of my girls water cups in there plus usually couple water bottles. If I know I won’t need it when we go inside a store, I’ll leave it in the car.

  3. I LOVE the car kit! It is such a life saver and I ended up making one not just for my car but also for my husband’s car so we just always know things are there if we need them!

    1. I started doing it at 16 when I was nannying for my cousins and the youngest threw up in her carseat. I had nothing but a sweatshirt! Ever since then I’ve kept a little kit in my trunk and just expanded it when I became a mom. It has been a lifesaver!

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