A Wild Take on the Diaper Bag

You become intimately familiar with your Baby Bag.  It contains your (aka baby's) survival essentials and is the key to early parenthood freedom as it enables you to leave the safe confines of your home and start to show baby the wild world (or at least the local park). 

As with most bags or packs, the larger they are the more we seem to pack into them. This is true for suitcases, backpacking packs, purses... and diaper bags are no exception. With this in mind it's my goal to down size the approach I took with my first son and opt for a more portable, forest and toddler-play-friendly alternative this time around.

The Bag: Fjallraven Kanken Mini  

 It's small but boy is it mighty! Top handles can attach to stroller bars and the back straps make it a simple backpack - easy for maneuvering through parks with your toddler while baby wearing. 

It's small but boy is it mighty! Top handles can attach to stroller bars and the back straps make it a simple backpack - easy for maneuvering through parks with your toddler while baby wearing. 

Two stuff sacks, a dry bag, a waterproof sheet, some fun baby stuff, and parent essentials fill this bag with all the necessary survival contents with room to spare.  

 Change Pad/Waterproof Sheet : Matador Mini Pocket Blanket  Stuff Sack #1: MEC 3L stuff sack, travel wipes pack from Honest, 5 diapers from Honest, and your fav bum cream portioned out into a small Nalgene container.   Stuff Sack #2: MEC 3L stuff sack and a baby wearing wrap (I love the Solly Baby Wrap) which can also double as a baby blanket or swaddle.    Dry Sac: MEC - used for soiled clothes or a dirty diaper holder if there are no garbage bins out in the woods.    Other Stuff: baby toy, onesie, bandana bib  Parent Stuff: Snacks (I love Made Good Bars and GoMacro Bars), lip chap, Phone, wallet, water bottle (Kleen Kanteen), and portable Pocket by Fjallraven  

Change Pad/Waterproof Sheet : Matador Mini Pocket Blanket

Stuff Sack #1: MEC 3L stuff sack, travel wipes pack from Honest, 5 diapers from Honest, and your fav bum cream portioned out into a small Nalgene container. 

Stuff Sack #2: MEC 3L stuff sack and a baby wearing wrap (I love the Solly Baby Wrap) which can also double as a baby blanket or swaddle.  

Dry Sac: MEC - used for soiled clothes or a dirty diaper holder if there are no garbage bins out in the woods.  

Other Stuff: baby toy, onesie, bandana bib

Parent Stuff: Snacks (I love Made Good Bars and GoMacro Bars), lip chap, Phone, wallet, water bottle (Kleen Kanteen), and portable Pocket by Fjallraven  

Baby stuff wears the wallet thin. Most 'baby' stuff doesn't need to have a solo purpose. This backpack can be used once baby is ready for school. Stuff sacks and dry bags are generally great for everything but can be repurposed for your camping and travel needs once no longer needed in your Baby Bag. The Matador Mini Pocket Blanket is a great addition to any type of daily kit (keeps bums dry from wet ground, gives you a clean spot to snack, or covers something that can't get wet). Think REPURPOSE when choosing Baby Bag items and both your finances and your adventures will go further! 

 The bag unzips so the main pocket is completely accessible (duffle bag style). This makes packing and searching easy which is essential when you are exhausted yet still making life happen.  

The bag unzips so the main pocket is completely accessible (duffle bag style). This makes packing and searching easy which is essential when you are exhausted yet still making life happen.  

 The Pocket (contains your phone, wallet, small extras) is a great take-away when you are running into a store or leaving your Baby Bag in the stroller but don't want to leave the adult essentials behind.  

The Pocket (contains your phone, wallet, small extras) is a great take-away when you are running into a store or leaving your Baby Bag in the stroller but don't want to leave the adult essentials behind.  

 Snacks are soo important. Pick good quality, easy food to nourish your body as your body cares for babe. No one wants a 'hangry' parent (you've been there, and trust me... hangry and newborn parenting are a combo for tears and crazy town). Also, you always need a water bottle. Everywhere - parent or otherwise. You will be thirsty or need to rinse something so start packing! 

Snacks are soo important. Pick good quality, easy food to nourish your body as your body cares for babe. No one wants a 'hangry' parent (you've been there, and trust me... hangry and newborn parenting are a combo for tears and crazy town). Also, you always need a water bottle. Everywhere - parent or otherwise. You will be thirsty or need to rinse something so start packing! 

There are a few items that I have not included (soother, bottle) or items that will change as your wild child gets older (bigger diapers, different toy, baby snacks). In line with my goal of keeping the bag simple and portable I aim to get choosy (think tiny house). Change it up as you see fit for your survival needs but remember...more space is just more stuff and that isn't always helpful. 

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I will keep you posted on how this new approach to the Baby Bag goes and update you on how it changes as baby gets older. If you have ideas or things that you think I'm missing please comment! (Note: as I write this I'm exhausted and I'm pretty sure my brain is functioning at minimal capacity due to hormones, lack of sleep, and energy redirection...ah pregnancy glory ;)