Friday, August 16, 2013

Running Errands with a Two-Month-Old Baby

Diaper Bag, Belt, TOMS, Shirt, Jeans

Earlier this week, Monica and I did a little "back to school" shopping because when I go back to work, she'll be making all sorts of new baby friends at daycare. Even though we just went to Target, I wanted to "dress up." I've been getting tired of my shorts and T-shirt routine and decided to mix it up with my skinny jeans and a white button down shirt in a half tuck. I know...let's not go too crazy!

While this outfit is similar to what I'd wear pre-baby, it's also pretty strategic as a mom. The button down allows for easy access to breastfeed, the thick belt hides the fact that my jeans are zipped but unbuttoned, and the Gap jeggings suck everything in. Don't believe me? MODG did a two-part post on skinny jeans for moms. And my trusty Gap jeggings were the reigning champ.

Of course, we can't forget the diaper bag. During the last few weeks of pregnancy, I stressed (and possibly cried) about the diaper bag. Thank you, pregnancy hormones. I asked friends for recommendations and did some extensive mom blog research. I wanted a diaper bag that didn't scream "diaper bag." Plus, it would be nice if John could carry the bag without feeling emasculated. And I didn't want to spend beaucoup bucks on it.

I thought the Skip*Hop Duo in French stripe was a good option, but I never pulled the trigger. John suggested (and I vetoed) using one of the several duffle bags in our basement. Turns out, we had another contender hiding in our closets. I present to your our diaper bag:

A black Gap messenger bag circa 2001. I figured it was worth a try before spending any money on a new bag. And two months later it's still working for us. The cross-body strap is critical for easy toting and it has several pockets/compartments to hold baby and mommy essentials:

For Monica:
  • Diapers (duh)
  • Wipes
  • Changing pad (these are working for now)
  • Diaper cream, though we use this sparingly
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plastic bags for dirty diapers (These hold in the smell really well! I accidentally carried around a dirty diaper in one of these bags for over a day and didn't smell it at all.)
  • Extra Soothie pacifier
  • Extra outfit and socks
  • Aden + Anais swaddle blanket (Helpful when the air conditioning is blasting. I also use this as a nursing cover.)
  • Aden + Anais burpy bib (So big and soft! Can be used as a burp cloth or a bib.)
  • Bottle if I know we'll be out longer and/or I don't want to nurse in public

Obviously there will be additions and subtractions based on the weather. And as Monica gets older, we'll have to add toys (like Sophie!) and snacks to the mix.

For me (in addition to the usual suspects: wallet, phone, car keys, lip gloss, sunglasses, pen/pad of paper):
  • Water bottle (breastfeeding makes you thirsty!)
  • Granola bar/small snack (it also makes you hungry!)
  • Lansinoh nursing pads for any boob leakage
  • Tide to Go pen

Have a fabulous weekend!

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  1. Do you have/need a breastfeeding cover?

  2. Do you have/need a breastfeeding cover?

  3. Great idea for repurposing. Your diaper bag sounds fully prepared! Mine is now stuffed with all that and her 5 year old brother's toys. Haha!


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