Friday, June 21, 2013

The Secret Diaper Bag

When I was pregnant the first time I searched high and low for a diaper bag that looked nothing like a diaper bag and finally settled upon a Rebecca Minkoff Diaper Bag that fit the bill (here - but no longer sold.) I carried it everywhere for a few months (because that's what you have to do when you have babies) but grew tired of lugging the same bag around. Variety is the spice of life, right? That's when discovered a way to minimize the baby garb and make all my favorite totes function as diaper bags.

In my history with two children I think I have used the changing mat that came in my diaper bag once - so that doesn't need to come with me everywhere. It can sit in my car. The things that I find necessary to carry with me everywhere are as follows:

- a few diapers for each kid
- a pack of wipes
- a small tube of Desitin/a&d
- a burp cloth/bib (if you have a wee one)
- an extra onesie (if you have a wee one)
- a small tube of sunscreen
- a bottle of milk/formula in case the baby gets hungry (if you have a wee one) - make sure it has a lid on it. You don't want this stuff spilling out all over your favorite bag.
- a small toy or two - the iphone work great in a pinch (or always) (if you've got toddlers)
- pacifier (if your baby takes one)

Here's the secret:

Put most of the baby essentials in a large pouch that fits inside of a tote and can easily be moved from one bag to another. I find I can fit everything except the toys and bottle. Here are a few suggestions - I bought the Anthro Tweed Pouch (3.) This picture doesn't do it justice. It's perfect for the job and is fashionable! As a bonus, when your husband goes to change a diaper when you're out, he only needs to grab the zippered pouch rather than the entire diaper bag - he'll thank you. Trust me.

Finally, pick a tote bag or satchel that is large enough to hold the pouch and also the essentials for you, including wallet, sunglasses, phone, lip glosses, keys etc. I recently bought the Marc by Marc washed up Lauren bag (1) and am in love with it! Here are a few of my favorites:

Thanks for reading!
xo Ellen

ps. I'm linked up with The Fashion Informant (here) - check it out!


  1. I love all of those bags...especially the Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff! Thanks for sharing on the linkup:) Have a great weekend!!

  2. Visiting from the link-up...I don't have any kiddos yet but that is a great tip even for non-moms. I switch out between a black and brown bag depending on what I'm wearing (OCD problems) and I just keep all my little essentials in a clear pouch. It makes it really easy to switch because all I have to do is transfer the pouch, my wallet/key/sunglasses and I'm good to go. I love your picks by the way, so cute.

    Style of One's Own

    1. Thanks, Lauren! I love to switch up bags all the time so kids or no kids, pouches keep it simple. Thanks for checking out my post :)