When it comes to my diaper bag, I have two rules: 1) always restock it after the kids go to bed and 2) pack minimally. This allows for a less chaotic exit out the door in the morning, and ensures I don’t have permanent back damage from schlepping a little one, and all the stuff she requires, around the city.
First things first: I use 2 diaper bags on rotation, for an elevated look, the Mina Baie Stevie Vegan Leather Diaper Bag (pictured below), and for a sportier look, the Caraa Diaper Bag. So what’s inside? Well aside from the basic must-haves (changing pad, burp clothes, hats, portable sound machine), I’ve found there are some must-have splurgy items definitely worth the price and the hype.
✅Worth the Price ✅Worth the Hype
#1: Magnetic Footies
At first you may be battling nonstop drool, later it will be messiness from introducing solids. Either way, you always should pack a back-up change of clothes. I was turned on to magnetic onesies, specifically the Magnetic Me Modal Footies, when I started seeing them gifted at all of my friends’ baby showers. No zips, no snaps, these things go on fast and easy!
#2: Baby’s Brew Portable Bottle Warmer
The Baby’s Brew Portable Bottle Warmer is a downright necessity. For my first baby, I would always struggle with heating up bottles prior to going anywhere and hoping they stayed warm, or shuffling to find a coffee shop to grab hot water to heat up a bottle while out and about. It’s a true life saver.
#3 Snap-on Booties
The solution for your baby kicking off their socks constantly. I love Zutano snap on booties because they don’t come off. Ever! I always have a pair with me since you never know if it will be cold or warm in San Francisco.
#4: Coterie Diapers
One of my most surprising learnings as a new parent: your diaper choice matters! I tested Coterie, Mille Moon, Dyper, Kirkland and Pampers in my early motherhood days, and I can attest that Coterie is the crème de la crème for absorbency, softness, and ingredient safety, meaning no leaks, no blowouts, no diaper rashes and less frequent diaper changes. And I snagged you a deal to try them for yourself:
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#5 Travel-Sized Coterie Wipes
I LOVE the new and improved Coterie wipes. They are softer and stronger than any other wipe I’ve tried, are made with 99% water and gentle clean ingredients (EWG verified), are 30% larger than the average wipe, fully biodegradable, AND now come in a travel-size pack perfect to throw into your diaper bag.
#6 EO French Lavender Hand Sanitizer Spray
COVID made me a hand sanitizer snob. The smell and the texture of EO French Lavender spray is 👌
I know its the last thing you want to do, but having all these essentials restocked every evening before you go to bed makes the biggest difference in getting out the door with ease the next day! You’ll thank yourself later.