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One of the biggest myths I debunked after the birth of my first child was that every mom needs an adorable overpriced diaper bag full of every little thing a baby could possibly need to take care of them for an entire week and that you as a good mom must take this luggage every place you go with your child. After the first few months of outings with my diaper bag aka “weekend overnight bag”, it became apparent to me that I was traveling with entirely too much stuff, and making an outing with the baby much more difficult that it needed to be.
The transition to caring for two kids while living an on-the-go lifestyle hasn’t been much different. I admit I thought I might need to break out the old diaper bag, but instead of caving I analyzed what it was I really needed when I left the house, and packed my purse to fit the needs of me and my boys.
Being able to carry my own fabulous fashionable bag as opposed to a huge diaper bag has been such a relief and has considerably helped me feel more like myself and really own my “mom style”. While you can’t carry a small little cross body and make it work as a personal bag and diaper bag because of space constraints, any reasonable sized purse will do.
To keep things organized and make sure I don’t have to spend several minutes digging through my bag for something I divided my bag up into two different make-up bags. One is full of my needs while the other is filled with all the things I may need for the boys while I’m out. So you can be a cool mom too and keep flossin’ your fabulousness, I’ve outlined what to pack your purse with in order to ditch the diaper bag!
The Boys Bag:
(I used one about the size of a tablet for this)
- 2 Diapers of each size
- Snacks for Cash (granola bar & cheese crackers are his current favs)
- Extra onesie & socks for the newborn
(used a 5×7 sized bag for this)
- Lipgloss & Neutral Lip Color
- Concealer Compact with Mirror
- Hair Ties
- Bobby Pins (you can never have enough of these)
- Body Spray
- Extra pair of earring backs
- U by Kotex® Click® Tampons
- U by Kotex® Barely There Liners
- U by Kotex® Cleanwear® Pads
Both bags need to be restocked with different items at regular intervals. While I have to add more diapers to the boys bag almost daily, I only have to replace my travel sized hairspray and U by Kotex® products once a month. I love that I can easily pick up all the goodies to restock my bag in one place at CVS Pharmacy.
After being pregnant for basically 10 months, I found it refreshing that U by Kotex® products are so cute! All the wrappers are in fun colors and have the greatest little designs on them which makes them fit into my fashionable purse that much more! I feel like U by Kotex® products were specifically designed for me. They’re even encouraging us ladies to share what we really want in the realm of feminine hygiene with the period project, join the conversation by clicking this link!
To finish off my diaper bag ditch I also keep the following few items neatly in my bag:
- Business Cards
- Monthly Planner
- Gel Pen
- Energy Bar
- Nursing Cover (doubles as car seat cover too!)
Staying on trend helps me maintain my sense of self during this crazy hectic transition into multi-child parenthood, and carrying one bag that’s organized well is so much easier than bringing multiple bags everywhere I go. How do you stay true to yourself when life gets crazy? Share your story with U by Kotex® and let them know what you need by following on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!