Years ago, when I was just a mama to Jemma, I packed EVERYTHING in my diaper bag before we left the house. I mean, what if she got hungry or breastmilk splattered or it got cold or we had to wait longer than expected somewhere? I was the quintessential, uber prepared, first time mom. And God love her (me), because I had everything and enough to share! Always. I had snacks, changes of clothes (for both of us), toys, books, and more. I. Was. Prepared. And, I had a very heavy, very full bag to tote around … in addition to a chubby baby.
Now, as a mom of four – who we fondly call the bigs and littles, I’ve got a whole new philosophy. Oh my goodness, it’s still weird to say/type that. FOUR! These days, I pack the bare minimum. Just the essentials. The things we would need to pull ourselves together and make it back to home base (the car) when disaster strikes. The car is where I keep spare coats, activities, snacks for everyone … all the jazz. In my Lily Jade Shaylee diaper bag … well, here’s what I carry:
Hobo Lauren Wallet – KB Cute Designs swaddle (perfect as a blanket, nursing cover, changing pad) – outfit changes for the littles (I opt to carry footed pajamas as a back-up since they’re a complete outfit) – Chico reusable shopping bag (for shopping or containing a mess) – Sakura Bloom ring sling – diapers and wipes (just a few, extras and more wipes are in the car) – flannel burp clothes (made by my sweet mama) – bag of tiny things (nursing pads, pads for the postpartum mom, extra contacts, on the go essential oils, hair ties, etc.) – snacks (mostly for Reid and me since we’re the ones who get the most hangry, lol)
Once upon a time, before I became a diaper bag minimalist, I weighed my bag and it was almost 25 pounds! That, plus a child (or two) is a lot for a mom to carry around. That led to my minimizing. I emptied my bag, found the basics, and called it good. As you can see, the basics (with room for extras if I really deem them necessary) fit perfectly. AND, it’s comfortable. Not too heavy, not too full, not too much to juggle alongside kids. It’s just right … Goldilocks style :)
Curious about the Shaylee? I love so much about it! My favorite being that it backpacks – check out this tutorial for securing your backpack straps so they don’t slip. I also love that it is tall without being wide and of all the Lily Jade bags, I love the pocket situation on the Shaylee. In the front I keep my phone and keys (so they don’t get easily lost) and in the back I keep my coupons and shopping list.
If you’re packing your bag for lots and lots of kids, remember, just the essentials! Your biggest ally will be keeping your hands free and keeping the car stocked with extras. And, when all else fails, there is most likely a Target nearby!
Alright, now to poll my favorite, wise mama friends … two questions:
- What do you consider your “unique” essential? Like how I opt for footed jammies as our change of clothes option :)
- Of all the gorgeous Lily Jade bags, which one is your favorite? Because, ya’ll, you have the chance to win one! Enter below …
A big thank you to Lily Jade for gifting me the gorgeous Shaylee as a “Welcome Eli” present! If you’re not already following them on Instagram, you must! The team there and the products they represent are gold. I just adore them.