I should actually title this, “What’s in my purse” because I don’t technically carry a diaper bag. Before I had the baby, or even got pregnant, I promised myself I wouldn’t become a camel once I had children…carrying a purse, diaper bag, snack bag, groceries, and a handful of coats. Obviously children are COMPLETELY WORTH IT. But I made it a personal goal to not have to be a camel. Just a mom. And so far, it’s been working.
I found a stylish bag (read: I had an unused Vera Bradley in my closet) and decided to use it as both a purse and diaper bag. My previous purse was really just a tiny clutch, and it could hardly hold a tissue, so I knew I needed an upgrade. But a Vera Bradley tote bag was the perfect answer to my search. It is large enough to hold diaper-y things (is that a word?) but stylish enough to just be a regular purse that goes with my outfits. Sometimes. Vera Bradleys can be a challenge in the matching-every-outfit category. Oh, and I am aware that Vera Bradley makes a “diaper bag” and it’s really nice…but it’s totally shaped like a diaper bag and is hulking like a diaper bag and so therefore I can’t honestly pass it off as just a purse. It has the camel vibe.
This is what I keep in my Diaper Bag/Purse:
-wipes. more duh
-one spare outfit for baby. doesn’t seem like ‘duh’ until you’ve had a blowout at the dentist. yes, that happened.
-tiny roll of doggy-do trash bags. perfect for bagging used diapers and masking the smell.
-my nursing cover.
-my wallet…this is a purse after all. 🙂
-now I feel bad for writing this because it’s so obvious…but you get the point.
It’s basically all “my needs” and “baby’s needs” without being a ridiculously giant (camel) bag of snacks, toys, blankets, towels, a deck of cards, etc. You’ve seen those diaper bags. You know who they are. You know who you are. Are you a camel?
For anyone who thinks I’ve distanced myself from the animal class by rejecting camel-hood, fear not. I’ve embraced the human love-affair with the chameleon. Try as I might, I still try to get my Vera Bradley to blend in with my outfit. Good luck to me, it’s fuchsia, pink, and safari sunset paisley.