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
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.
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!
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.
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 ;)