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April 12th 2012
archived under: Cloth Diapering, Family Life, Home & Garden, Joseph, Organization

“Dwelling on the Diaper Bag – NEWBORN BABY Edition”

Today, April 3, Joseph had his first outing: to the pediatrician for his first check-up and newborn screening. Tomorrow we’re going out again so he can get his birth certificate from the county (he has to attend as “proof of live birth”) and so the chiropractor can fix my alignment and maybe (hopefully) take a look at him too.

So of course, I had to pack him a little diaper bag. It’s SO different from the gear I pack for Anneliese, who is 20 months old now.

This is all I brought for today’s quick trip, tucked into my “big purse” (I don’t actually use a diaper bag…just a big purse that I can shove baby junk into. Which I guess makes it a diaper bag I also use as a purse? I don’t know) along with my grown-up things:

  • My Patemm Pad changing pad. It’s a big laminated fabric circle with pockets around the edges. The whole thing folds up really compactly and serves as a great changing surface for tiny babies all the way through big toddlers.
  • 2 diapers
  • 3 cloth wipes and a spray bottle of water with a few drops of lavender essential oil (my simplified-over-time wipes solution)
  • A small zippered wet bag for dirty diapers and wipes
  • A burp cloth

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(So is it a big purse or a diaper bag?)

Tomorrow, our trip into town will be a bit longer, but since we will be going back and forth to the car in between errands, I don’t need everything in my bag. My bag will have the same things above, but I’ll add a little kit of extras for the car:

  • probably 3 more diapers
  • several more cloth wipes
  • a couple of receiving blankets
  • a couple of extra burp cloths
  • a change of clothes, just in case

I like to keep things simple. I don’t need to bring baby nail clippers and hair brushes and Tylenol and a thermometer and a bulb syringe and diaper rash cream and baby powder and stuffed animals and 10 pacifiers and baby mittens and…

As he gets older I know I’ll add more goodies to it, like teething tablets and a couple of small toys, but for now, things can be super-simple. So they are.

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Karen (5 comments)

I use a large fabric messenger bag, with lots of pockets, and it does as my bag as well as the diaper bag. I’ve got a neat nappy changing kit that I can get two cloth diapers, wipes, wipe spray and a small cloth change mat into, so I can just pop that in and out. I do carry a small first aid kit, (I think it’s the nurse in me) but now with a 5 year old and an about to potty train 2 year old, my bag is simple. Diapers, wipes, wet bag, cup for toddler, small pot with some snacks in for him, and my bits and pieces, and we’re good to go. I hate heaving stuff around and having too much stuff.




Liesal (1 comments)

Congrats! I can’t wait to hear Joseph’s birth story!




beth confusedhomemaker (1 comments)

Congrats on Joseph’s arrival to the outside world!! Hope you get to snuggle lots & enjoy the babymoon.

As for the diaper bag this point with 5 kids I go with bare minimal. Depending on where we are going I can have my larger purse double as a diaper bag. Although we do have an official diaper bag too, that one I think my husband feels better about carrying than my big purse ;)




Kat (20 comments)

Congratulations! Welcome to the world little Joseph! When was he born? How did it go? I was shocked to see this post and thought I had missed a post.




liz (9 comments)

congrats so big to you guys! i’ve been checking in on your blog to see if you delivered yet!
i’ve got one more week to go, myself.
best to you all,
liz




Diana @ frontyardfoodie (54 comments)

Yeah, I am a super minimalist when it comes to diaper bags. I’m thinking of making a couple simple and colorful bags so I can customize the pockets in such a way to be perfect for my infant, toddler and myself all at once.




anne (3 comments)

um, where was the announcement??!! ps- your site almost always is now giving me spam when I click on it or telling me I’m getting virus’d. Anyone else having these troubles?




Joyful Abode (953 comments)

Still writing up his birth story. :)
And yes my site keeps getting hacked and I keep fixing it (well getting it fixed) but it comes back. Ugh. Hopefully it’ll stop for good soon.




AustinGirl (7 comments)

Congrats!!!! I’ve also been keeping an eye on this site for your little one’s arrival! This is such lovely news to read this morning!!




Edie (22 comments)

My babies are 3 3/4 and 27 months, but I still tend to overpack! I have a big Vera Bradley tote that I use as a diaper bag/big purse. So excited that your little guy is here! Looking forward to his birth story!




Cassidy (2 comments)

He is here?! I missed it, congrats!!!




Joyful Abode (953 comments)

You didnt miss it! I’m writing up the birth story now. Not finished yet.






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