In this post, I want to tell you about how I organized and stocked my twin diaper bag when my twins were infants. An organized and well-stocked diaper bag can be a game-changer, especially when your hands (and head) are full as you wrangle two babies!
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My Twin Diaper Bag
When I found out we were expecting twins, the diaper bag was one of the subjects I researched the most. Did I want a typical shoulder diaper bag like the one I had with Little Miss? Or should I go for a backpack diaper bag? Crossbody style?
There were so many options, and they all seemed to have their merits. I perused Pinterest and Google and read reviews like it was my job.
I did finally decide that I wanted a backpack style diaper bag, which narrowed down my search a little. But there were still so many choices! And my word, they’re not cheap!
So after months of going back and forth and putting various backpack diaper bags in my Amazon cart, I did what any sane, seven months pregnant woman would do. I waddled myself into Academy and bought a regular ol’ Adidas backpack for a fraction of the cost. (And also some flip flops for my huge, swollen feet, but that’s another story for another post.)
My criteria for a backpack was pretty simple:
- lots of pockets and zippered sections
- good back support
- neutral enough that Dillon would wear it in public
A Peek Inside
One of the most significant drawbacks to backpack diaper bags is that they can become a bottomless abyss of baby stuff. Things get lost deep down inside the backpack unless you plan ahead.
Since organization became my battle cry as soon as I came to terms with being pregnant with twins, organize I did.
I also had an additional challenge since the backpack I chose was not your typical twin diaper bag. Most people who purchase a backpack are looking to carry around World History and Calculus textbooks, not bottles and baby toys.
Here is how I organized my twin diaper bag backpack when our girls were infants.
At this stage, I kept a minimum of 6 diapers on me at all times, with extras in the car. Monkey and Cub were masters of the blowout and loved nothing more than filling a brand new diaper after they had just been changed. If we were going to be gone a bit longer than usual, I put 8 diapers in the bag. Fortunately, at this stage, the diapers are still relatively small and don’t take up much space.
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I kept the diapers and a package of wipes in a gallon Ziploc bag for a while, and then remembered that I already owned a wet/dry bag that I used with Little Miss and switched to that. Bonus that it has a place to put wet or dirty clothes!
I put a changing pad in the pocket of the backpack meant for a laptop, and it fits perfectly!
For all of the diapering “extras” we needed, I bought a few of these handy makeup bags. I used them to hold the smaller items that I knew would fall to the bottom of the backpack.
My diapering bag contained:
- Butt Paste
- a travel-size Baby Bum Brush
- diaper bag dispenser and refills
- petroleum jelly
- a snot sucker
We also had a gallon Ziploc bag with two full extra outfits for the girls.
Feeding twins on the go is no easy task. Our girls were formula-fed, so I had to travel with everything I needed to make bottles while we were out.
After testing several methods, it was easiest for me to fill a stainless steel water bottle with warm water before we left the house. Otherwise, I was trying to get water just the right temperature for our picky twins wherever we happened to be. And fussy babies don’t want to wait around for the water to heat up when they’re hangry!
I used another handy makeup bag to hold extra formula (liquid formula, an additional single serving formula dispenser and packets of powder) and bibs. My experience is that you can never travel with too much formula!
We also never left the house without extra burp cloths. Both girls had reflux and were epic spitters!
Once the girls started eating solids, I kept pouches of baby food, spoons, and containers of small snacks like Puffs or yogurt melts in the diaper bag. We also kept the girls’ water cups handy.
As the girls got older, this compartment of our twin diaper bag evolved.
Little babies don’t need much when it comes to entertainment, but starting around 3 months, we kept a steady supply of entertainment in the bag.
If your babies have special lovies or stuffed animals, include those in your diaper bag too.
Since my diaper bag doubles as my purse most of the time, I like to keep a few essentials for myself in it.
- a small zippered pouch for feminine hygiene products
- lip gloss and makeup
- my glasses
- Ibuprofen (in a sealed container)
In the smallest compartment of the backpack, I keep a few extra supplies.
- First Aid supplies (bandaids, alcohol pads)
- an extra pacifier
- hand sanitizer
- infant Tylenol and a syringe
So there you have the contents of my twin diaper bag for infants. An organized, well-stocked diaper bag has saved me on numerous occasions and makes it easier to get out of the house!
Did I miss anything? What do you keep in your twin diaper bag? Leave a comment and let me know! And don’t forget to grab the checklist so you can make sure your diaper bag is ready to go!