There comes a time in every mother’s life when you look down at that large, heavy, tired-looking, mostly plastic feeling diaper bag under your arm and realize, “I no longer need half the stuff that’s in here!”.
Friends. I have reached this momentous milestone.
Yes, Cadence is still in diapers. But she’s at that age when diaper changes are few and far between. I can’t remember the last time she needed a diaper change while we were out and about. And Adelaide? All I need to carry around for her is a handful of extra hairbands and clips to help control her crazy thick hair.
I can’t downsize all the way back to my tiny little purse that fit exactly my wallet, keys, cell phone and lip balm, and I probably never will. But, I no longer need things like the coordinating changing pad, insulated bottle compartment, and six interior pockets full of burp cloths, butt paste, baby powder and emergency clothes (that totally don’t fit anymore—why are they still in there!?).
My search for a new “mommy bag” has begun! And I want your help! Here are my top 8 favorite diaper bag upgrades:
My criteria for this exclusive group of finalists:
- Must be a shoulder bag
- Must have either a zipper or magnetic closure top (no flaps or ties!)
- Must have a zippered interior pocket
- Leather or other natural material is a plus
- Clean design with structured sides (I don’t care for slouchy bags)
- Exterior pockets are a plus
Mostly what I NEED to carry in a bag, is my personal items (wallet, keys, cell phone, gum, hand-gel, lip balm and tissues) two diapers, a small container of wipes and hair clips. Beyond that, it’s extras dictated by the day’s activities. Sunscreen in the summer…umbrella in the spring…snacks and sippy cups for long outings, etc. All of this will easily fit into a medium sized shoulder bag.
So what do you think? Do you have a favorite? Submit your vote in the poll below! Or leave a comment with a link to a bag you love 🙂