Something big has happened in my life. 2.5 years in as a mom, and I have graduated from the diaper bag. Not that I even had a “real” diaper bag, as my diaper bag was always the giant yellow Patagonia messenger bag I used first for a work commute bag, then for a graduate school backpack. It was sort of the big yellow school bus of diaper bags, and it allowed me to carry more gear than a Himalayan sherpa while expeditioning with two small people who might at any moment need diapers, wipes, toys, a complete outfit change, bibs, blankets, burp cloths, pacifiers, teethers, a bottle, a snack, a bandaid, or even a change of shirts for me (Claire barfed a lot).
Toddlers, I’ve realized, don’t need nearly as much gear. I can actually leave the house without packing each of us a complete outfit change. In fact, I can generally throw a couple diapers, a catheter, a wipes clutch, and bibs into my bag and we could survive an outing. Even better, my toddlers even think carrying a backpack themselves is cool and grown up, so they got their own little backpacks for Christmas. Now, they can actually tote their own diapers, wipes, water bottle, snack, and toy, and they think it’s fun! Have fun, baby pack mules, knock yourselves out! I’ll just be over here twirling, wild, free, and unencumbered by all your stuff!
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What a cute bag! I love it. I am never found without my backpack. #backpacklife
OMG that is like the best day ever. And the summer when we sold all of our baby contraptions, including the strollers that I absolutely HATED? It was truly magical.
I just carry a giant purse these days. It fits all the supplies (caths, diapers, wipes,).. The only downside is I always have those things with me even when I am without kids.
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I love your new bag! The freedom of downsizing must feel so great!
Cruz is newly potty trained and I’m finding that it feels like I’m having to tote around more than ever! Can’t wait until we’re past this phase that involves accidents… I’m getting tired of carrying around so many extra clothes and potty essentials!
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