It’s been a long time since I posted a bag buzz! I’ve stopped carrying a purse in my first 6 months as a new mama and instead rely on my diaper bag. As it turns out, I’m the kind of mom who leaves her diaper bag in the car for the most part, so I keep mine stuffed to the gills with everything we might possibly need while out and about. Today I am sharing an in-depth look at my diaper bag of choice as well as what I keep stored in it,
I use the Skip Hop Forma Backpack as my diaper bag. This is not the bag I originally started with. I used a traditional shoulder bag style for the first month of my daughter’s life and got so annoyed with it that I went on the hunt for a backpack option instead. I found it difficult to organize the reach-in shoulder bag style way I wanted since I pack it so full. I wanted something roomy but lightweight that would work well for travel. The Skip Hop Forma fits the bill perfectly!
The Skip Hop Forma Backpack is made from a water-resistant polyester, which makes the bag super light and easy to clean. It is quite roomy, measuring 16″ tall x 8″ deep x 14″ wide and has 8 pockets providing great built-in organization. The bag actually comes with two packing cubes that fit perfectly inside the front medium zip pocket. One is mesh and the other insulated for bottles or food.
I wanted a black bag that would go with anything, but especially love the teal lining which makes it easy to see contents inside. I think the material could be slightly nicer for the price (normally $69.99 but on sale for $52.49 at the time of posting!), but otherwise I am more than satisfied with the construction. I feel like the straps are a bit flimsier than I’d like as well but so far that hasn’t caused me any issue. The zippers glide smoothly. The faux leather zipper pulls are a nice touch. It is well made and designed with on-the-go moms in mind.
The main complaint I read in reviews when I was researching the bag is that the built-in stroller clips on the straps are not attached well and tend to rip off easily. I have yet to use this feature as I normally keep the bag in the car and have a separate pouch of on-the-go necessities in my stroller, but I did go ahead and reinforce the stitches myself when I first got the bag just to be on the safe side.
The backpack comes with two exterior zip pockets: a smaller, more shallow one with a little slip pocket inside to pop in a phone (or lip balm in my case) and a medium sized one that the two included packing cubes fit perfectly inside. There are two slip style bottle pockets on either size of the exterior of the bag. I find these to be a bit tight especially when the bag is fully packed. The main compartment has a large slip pocket in the back that holds the included diaper changing pad. Two elasticized pockets provide room for diaper, bottles, or other smalls bits. I use every nook and cranny in this bag and pack it to the max, as you’ll see.
When I was researching diaper bags I noticed that the trend on Mommy blogs is to pull everything out of the bag and post a picture of all of the contents to show just how much you can fit inside. As you can see, I pack quite a bit in my backpack with even a little room to spare! This works out well when traveling for the few extra things I toss in for the airplane and/or car.
I go through each category of what I pack and give you a closer look at the contents below:
It wouldn’t be a proper diaper bag without diapers! I use a JJ Cole Changing Clutch to store diapering supplies. I keep a few of our favorite Honest Company diapers as well as my homemade GSE spray and coconut cream (see more about those here if you’d like) inside the included pouch as well as a travel pack of Water Wipes. I have a Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser clipped on for tidy diaper disposal when we’re out. I like this clutch because the attached pad is easy to clean and large enough for my tall baby. It’s also convenient to just grab and go whenever we need it.
I also have a backup pack of travel Water Wipes tucked into one of the elasticized pouches of the backpack as well as the Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray for me. The backpack came with its own changing pad which I use as an extra cushion underneath the JJ Cole clutch pad when changing my daughter, CC on a hard surface (such as an airport bathroom counter).
Blankets & Clean-Ups
I keep two blankets in my diaper bag to have on hand for different climates. I use the Aden & Anais Organic Swaddle when CC needs just a light blanket. It also doubles as a nursing cover in public. I tried a couple of styles of traditional nursing covers, but found they were either too hot and/or cumbersome. The muslin material of the swaddle is breathable while still providing good coverage (except when CC tries to pull it down 🙂 ). I purchased this one with the included pouch at a small gift shop in Pennsylvania last summer but haven’t been able to find anything similar currently available online. I love the pouch because it keeps the blanket contained and clean in the bag. I also pack a Reversible Blanket from Gymboree for times when CC needs something warmer. It rolls up pretty small so it doesn’t take up too much room inside the bag.
As for clean-up items, I pack the usual array of wipes, burp cloths, and bibs. I have two Gerber Burp Cloths and a couple of inexpensive baby washcloths for spit ups and drool management as well as a Green Sprouts Stay-Dry Infant Bib, although I have yet to use it. I keep a couple of Medela Quick Clean Wipes in a plastic bag in the case that I feel I really need to sanitize something (these are not to use directly on the baby). I haven’t broken into the package of Boogie Wipes yet, but it’s only a matter of time before I’ll need something to clean food (and boogies!) off of CC’s face.
The pacifier is really a “just in case” item for us. CC never took to a pacifier despite our efforts when she was a newborn. She hated them all except for this Hevea Orthodontic Pacifier, which she
liked tolerated for a hot second. I store it in a super cute Vera Bradley Pacifier Pod that I received as a shower gift. We’ve never once used the pacifier while out and I think it’s probably time to leave it out of the bag, but it’s been in there for the past few months so I thought I should include it in this post.
Clothes & Accessories
Another diaper bag staple is a change of clothes. I keep a variety of items packed to address different climates. I use a Ziooer Wet Dry Bag to stow clean clothes. It has two zippered compartments to keep wet and dry items separate. I pack the “dry” section with a Cotton Snap-Up Footless Sleep & Play from Carter’s, a Gerber Unisex Baby Onesie, a Pocket Cardigan from Baby Gap as a layering option, and a lightweight hat and matching socks in a neutral gray for warmth.
Additionally, I keep a couple of summer appropriate accessories tucked into one of the elasticized pockets of the backpack. I talked about the Zutano booties and sun hat in one of my Mommy Favorites. They’re both great protective accessories for warmer weather. And of course, we don’t go anywhere without a pair of our beloved Roshambo Baby Shades. CC’s been a big fan of these for months now. They make a big difference in her outdoor experience. No one likes to squint!
I like having some toys and books in our backpack for entertainment on the go, especially since I really only use the bag when we’re traveling or visiting with friends and family. A friend introduced me to Indestructibles Books, which are perfect for toting around since they’re small and lightweight. They’re mostly just picture books so I make up my own stories to go along with them to “read” to CC. They’re “chew-proof, rip-proof, nontoxic, and washable” making them very baby friendly.
I have a set of Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags by Art of Lunch that I use for different purposes in my diaper bag. I use the largest zip pouch to corral toys, including a set of Sassy Ring O’ Links, a Sophie So Pure Teether Giraffe, Sassy Go Go Bugs, and Baby Paper. Baby Paper is an amazingly simple crinkle toy that fascinates babies. This was another awesome gift from the same friend who gave me the Indestructibles books. She is obviously a seasoned pro at entertaining babies on the go!
I mentioned I haven’t been carrying a purse around with me since I started using a diaper bag. I keep a few things in the included packing cubes for myself. I have Aveeno Eczema Therapy Hand Cream, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Setting Powder, tissues, breast pads, treats for my dog, Winnie, and a Babyganics Pure Mineral Sunscreen Stick in the mesh zippered pouch and a few of my favorite snacks in the insulated pouch. I stow a Life Factory 9-Ounce Glass Bottle with water in one of the side bottle pockets.
I use a Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Key Pouch as my wallet and to hold my car key, which I keep tucked inside the smallest exterior zip pocket as well as my favorite Smith’s Rosebud Perfume Co Minted Rose Lip Balm for easy access.
I keep the contents in the main compartment organized in three layers, with the wet dry bag laid flat at the bottom and then a layer of pouches and blankets organized vertically in the middle.
The JJ Cole Changing Clutch fits nicely on top of that as the third layer, since it is what I access most frequently from the bag. A place for everything and everything in its place!
I go through all of the contents of my diaper bag in this video if you’d like a closer look:
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share this awesome diaper bag with two of you. The Skip Hop Forma Backpack Giveaway will run until Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. TWO winners will receive a new Skip Hop Forma Backpack.
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I hope you enjoyed this look inside my diaper bag. It’s served me well as a new Mama thus far! I’d love to know what bag you use and your favorites to pack in it if you care to share!
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