My Minimalist Diaper Bag

I will admit, I congratulate myself if I can make it to any destination with everything I need. You know purse, cell phone, diaper bag, and of course, the baby. I’m sure you other mamas stand at your front door before leaving going through your mental checklist at least a few dozen times. No? I’m the only one?

Packing too much is such an easy thing to do. I blame it on “first-time-mom-anxiety”. We tend to think of nearly every possible and impossible situation that could arise and pack all of the gear. I learned really quickly that in order to keep my sanity and make it anywhere on time, that I needed to consolidate Oliver’s things. I surely didn’t need to pack his bamboo cutlery for a trip to the grocery store, right?

I’m sure you all want a quick update on Ollie? He’s sitting up now! It literally happened overnight. He’s almost 8 months, too. Time is going so, so fast! Of course, I’m so happy that he’s finally learned to sit up because now he will go longer while playing by himself. That makes things SO much easier when you’re trying to juggle work and mothering. All in all, I’m so amazed by him every day – I can hardly believe he’s mine.

Sorry, back to the diaper bag. Here is what I bring on a typical day out with my little guy. I breastfeed so – as you can tell – I don’t have a bottle or water. If you formula feed, I recommend putting water in a mason jar and packing a glass baby bottle. Also, I always have my Ergo baby carrier with me but that – obviously – won’t fit into the diaper bag. I just keep it in the car.

1. Diaper Bag

Instead of buying a diaper bag, I use an old backpack from high school. Seriously though, backpacks are the best when you have to wrangle a baby. 
Did you know that Jansport has a lifetime warranty on their backpacks? If the backpack ever wears out or gets damaged, I can simply fill out the repair form found HERE and have it fixed and returned to me. Pretty great, huh? 

2. Organic Burp Cloth

I would honestly suggest NOT spending your money on burp cloths and using hand towels or tea towels you already own. I received these as a gift so I make sure they get used! Once Oliver grows past the need to use it as its intended use, I will still pack it for hand wiping, nose blowing, or any other way to avoid single use waste.

3. Wet Bag

Wet bags are an important item you will need if you plan on using cloth diapers and wipes. This bag contains the dirty diapers, wipes, and soiled clothing. 

4. Rubber Pacifier

You can decide whether or not a pacifier is for you and your little. Right now, Ollie uses it to teeth and it brings him some comfort. I opted for a natural rubber pacifier rather than silicone. You can find this particular one HERE

5. Cloth Wipes

I keep these cloth wipes dry. I see no reason for them to be wet – I mean – toilet paper is dry when we wipe. Once the wipes have been dirtied, I throw them into the wet bag. 

6. Homemade Wipe Spray

I’m sure just water would be sufficient but I decided to make a spray that had some extra goodies in it for ultimate bum cleaning. You can find my recipe HERE.

7. Organic Breast Pads

Because I breastfeed, I keep an extra set on me just in case. We don’t want any leakage now do we.

8. Toy

Just to keep Oliver occupied while I’m doing not-so-fun things like getting groceries. For most of Oliver’s toys I have chosen stimulating, wooden toys. There are so many great companies out there who are making sustainable, plastic free toys. One great company is PlanToys. I’ve also even gotten a few toys from Etsy that were handmade. 

9. Cloth Diapers

Of course, you’ll need extra diapers! I recommend scouring Ebay or joining local cloth diaper swap and shops to get your hands on some secondhand diapers. You’ll save a lot more money and I feel that the used diapers work better since they’ve already been broken in. Also, don’t limit yourself to just one brand – try several. Every diaper fits every baby differently.

10. Extra Outfit

So I realized I didn’t have the extra outfit pictured because we had to use our spare today and I haven’t replaced it yet – major blowout. Need I justify this item any more?
I hope this helps in decluttering your diaper bags. Of course I may have more than you need. 😉

9 thoughts on “My Minimalist Diaper Bag

  1. My son is almost eight months too. This is such a nice time because I can sit him somewhere to play and he stays there and entertains himself! He's close to crawling, though, and my house is not ready for that.

    I've taken to being too minimalist with what I bring with me, I think. Right now I just have a cloth diaper, a wipe, a spray bottle, and a mini wet bag. It would be good to put in a toy and an extra outfit.

  2. We're using an old backpack too and this makes things so much easier!
    We have the same items but we also pack a cherry pit hottie that we use to relieve her stomach pain.
    Been using cloth wipes/diapers/breastfeeding pads & wouldn't want to use anything else!
    We skipped the stroller as well and are using a sling and the manduca carrier that we both received from friends whose kids were too big to use it. This makes so much more sense to me to feel my baby against me than just pushing it (also keeps her warm in winter :-))
    I love your baby posts! Please keep them coming (and thanks again for the freezing breastmilk tip, we're using masson jars and works like a charm!)

  3. Babywearing is so so amazing, I love it! Of course, now my husband does most of the carrying since Ollie is 20 lbs. I might need to start going to the gym!

    I'm so happy the mason jars are working out for you! 🙂 <3

  4. Diapers are the essential baby products. Most of the new mothers are taking the help of diapers to protect their baby's skin. apart from diapers, there are different types of others baby products are available in the market for our babies. But diapers are essential for our toddlers, thanks for such a wonderful review of different essential baby products.
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  5. Oh thank you so much, Polly! Before having Ollie I was freaking out with how much stuff everyone said I'd need when going out. I can't even remember the day's date usually so in order for me to be sane I have to keep the bare minimum. 😉

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