If you’re a soon to be Mama, you probably don’t realize your diaper bag is about to be your BFF. Well at least I didn’t. Sadly, my closet full of beautiful handbags has taken a backseat to these two bags below. I’m not complaining, just realizing that I will probably not reach for a purse again for quite some time. Since I never leave the house without one, or both, of these babies – I thought I should show you why I love them and how I keep them stocked/organized/ready to be my right hand man! Let’s dive into some diaper bag essentials for the first three months of life!
I searched for a long time for a diaper bag I loved. While I know tons of people are big fans of the Fawn Diaper Backpack, my best friend included. I just wanted something different. My original plan was to have my Louis Vuitton Neverfull painted with Foster’s initials and use it but then I fell in love with the idea of this Kanken Backpack. It is small, yet holds a ton. Easy to throw on my shoulder and fun! I added these monogram patches, well Natalie’s mom sewed them on for me, and it’s exactly what I wanted!
When I saw this large tote with a large monogram, I was instantly in love. I ordered it right away, knowing it would be great to have a large option for long days or travel. The quality is incredible, it holds a ton and arrived the day before I was induced with Foster. It was meant to be! My one mistake was ordering too quickly and not getting the one with a zipper but it’s not the end of the world. There are a ton of different patterns, options, monogram sizes, etc. I truly cannot recommend this bag enough!
I think the most important thing I’ve learned in terms of diaper bag tricks, is having a ‘Mama Clutch’. I use this Louis Vuitton Toiletry Bag and it’s probably my most used designer item, even before baby. It’s sturdy, holds a bunch and can be thrown in any large purse or carried as a clutch. It fits so well in the backpack but also easy to pull out if I’m running somewhere alone or need to move it to a different bag.
Now that you see the three bags I swear by, let me show you how I keep them organized + our diaper bag essentials!
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The backpack is the diaper bag we take almost every time we leave the house. I don’t want to overload it with diaper bag essentials and make it super heavy or cluttered – the key is being well organized! I use this Felt Purse Insert and it’s the perfect size to fit in the bottom of the bag. In here I keep diapers, wipes, disposable changing pads, plastic bags to throw away diapers on the go and our favorite diaper rash ointment. In the front pocket, I keep an extra onesie rolled up and an extra pacifier.
On top of the organizer, I put my LV Clutch. It also is the perfect size for this backpack without taking up too much space. In here I keep my necessities – hand lotion, sanitizer, keys, my card holder, etc. This fits nicely on the back of the backpack, giving me room to throw in milk, a bottle or anything else we may want to take!
The large tote stays in our mudroom for easy access. I keep it pretty bare, but ready to go if needed. If I decide to take this one for the day I can quickly grab the felt organizer and my clutch, throw it in and be ready to hit the road! In addition to those two items, I also keep a blanket in here and his medical records for emergencies.
Did I miss any essentials you have to have in your diaper bag? Leave them in the comments below so other mamas can see! I’m sure his needs will change soon but from newborn to 3 months, these diaper bag essentials have worked wonders for us!