Monday, December 1, 2008

What's in YOUR diaper bag?

I'm lagging. I've been blessed with some wonderful awards and some fun tags and I have yet to compile them all into one post. I even wrote them down on a piece of paper that I kept next to my computer with the intent to write about them. Then the holidays happened...first Halloween, then Thanksgiving and now Christmas. Yeah, so I'm making lousy excuses....but I do LOVE awards and tags so I don't want to seem unappreciative at all.

Hajar at Tales of an American Nomad tagged me back in October with a really fun meme about what's in your diaper bag. I was impressed with how short her list was (and she has infant TWINS!). She actually keeps black pepper in her diaper bag....why, you might ask? Her babies, like mine, hate to be held down while having the snot sucked out of their tiny noses with the nasal aspirator. So she puts a little black pepper under their noses to get them to sneeze and....waaaahhhllllaaaa....all the snot comes flying out on its own. I thought that was pretty clever. However, when I tried it with Landon, he just wanted to taste the black pepper. It didn't make him just made his eyes water and got him all pissy. Figures, right? I learn a great tip like this and it would be MY kid who it doesn't work on. Such is life.

My diaper bag is humongous....I have one of those Skip Hop Duo Double diaper bags. It is the mother of all diaper bags. I used to carry around 2 little diaper bags, which drove me nuts, but I didn't think a bigger bag that could carry all the stuff for all 4 kids actually existed. Oh, but it was an answer to prayer. It was not cheap...I paid $80 for mine but it so worth the money to me. I can fit everything I need for all the kids in this bag. Sure, it weighs a freakin ton after I'm done packing it up but everything's in one bag and there are so many compartments and mesh holders that it keeps everything organized.

Okay, so here's what in my diaper bag:

In the front pockets:

earphones for my iPod (for when I work out)
3 tubes of chapstick
2 travel packs of kleenex
1 pack of gum
2 travel packs of antibacterial wipes
2 small tubes of antibacterial gel (I'm a germ freak...obviously)

In the zipped area on top:

my keys
cell phone

Inside the bag:

Change of clothes for each child (seriously)
4 diapers
bag of baby wipes
Snacks galore (goldfish, nutrigrain bars, sunchips, name it, it's probably in my diaper bag...God forbid, I should run out of snacks for my kids to eat when I'm in the car with them)
2 tampons and 2 pantiliners (just in case...sure, I haven't had my period in 6 months but you just never know when God will pull a fast one on ya)
2 tubes of sunscreen
1 tube of chapstick
Unopened water bottle (you just never know when you'll be in need of some good old fashioned water)
4 sippy cups (when we're actually on the go somewhere...have kids, need sippy cups, will travel)
2 pacifiers

The only thing I don't have are a change of clothes and a snack for me. What mother actually thinks of packing that stuff for herself? What mother actually looks at herself in the mirror before running out the door with the kids? Who cares what I look like as long as my kids have clean faces (no dried boogers stuck to their noses, no red juice stains above their mouths, no eye boogers and no ear wax sticking out of their ears)?

What's in YOUR diaper bag?


Lana said...

When I had just my son, I carried the diaper bag around until he was almost 3. I stopped carrying around a diaper bag for my daughter when she was about one. I just carry a pull-up or 2 in my purse! (Okay, so I cheat. I still carry around a change of clothes for her, since she's still in the process of potty training, but I leave it in the car!) When I did use the diaper bag, it was mostly stuff for ME!

Elizabeth Channel said...

I am so, so excited about your submission to! YOU ROCK!

I don't carry a diaper bag anymore since Sue is three. Sometimes it make me sad because I had so many lovely diaper bags. Now all I need is an emergency pull-up in my purse and, of course, anti-bacterial gel. Kinda sad really...

Thanks for helping me remember the days of three under 5...good days they were!

Rugger Mom said...

I keep thinking I should get that bag, but then I think about the money and how I never have the right stuff in my current one right now. But I like the idea of not having to carry a purse AND a diaper bag...

Heather (How to be a Woman..?) said...

Ahh, wipes! I wonder if it's safe to use the antibacterial wet wipes in the bathroom.


I know what you mean about the snacks. I always panic when I leave the house & throw more into my purse (I use both a purse and a diaper bag. Yeah, I know.) Once a month or so I go through it and find a bunch of smooshed nutri grain bars, so your comment made me giggle.

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Doré said...

hmmm, let's see...

change of clothes (for Brayden)
tylenol and motrin w/ syringe

I think that's it. I am starting to leave the house with less and less.... it's so nice!!

craftyteapots said...

I don't carry much in the nappy bag any more... my wee boys are growing up (3 and just 1). So, now I have:
- nappies x3
- underpants x2
- change of clothes for 1yr old
- trousers/shorts for 3 yr old
- flat cloth nappy for changing baby on, generally mopping up mess, using as a picnic cloth etc.
- wipes
- plastic bag for dirty nappies
- sunhats x2
- sunscreen
- one sipper cup of water and one water bottle
- loads of snacks - raisins, cheese, bananas, crackers etc. etc.

Phew - and that's less than I used to carry round!!! No wonder I have biceps I never did before... :)

Arlice Nichole said...

Wow! That's a lot of stuff! This is what's in my diaper bag: Diapers, size 2 and 4, sippy cup, no bottles, I breatfeed. A book for idle time and notepad for myself, it's a must, I'm a writer, an extra blanket, wipes, change of clothes and that's about it. I have to carry a purse, though it feels good when I don't.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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