What’s in my diaper/ changing bag?

Scene-

Mr H, J and Z are heading out for the evening

 J is still getting ready…. Okay…I am almost ready…. If only I could find my watch…

Oops, need to switch the living room AC off…

Aah! Better get the laundry going…It will be done by the time we’re back…

Now to fill some water…

Z might need extra- socks. She always manages to get them off… Now…where is the other of this pair…

Done.

Argh, where’s that darned lipstick. The one I got last week….

Eeks… The scarf does not match… Do I change the top?

She is running around in circles.

Normal.

Mr H hovers. He is carrying the little one. He conspicuously looks at his watch. Repeatedly. With an exaggerated motion.

J tells him she’s almost ready. Just another couple of minutes. Why don’t you buckle up Zoe in her seat hun? I’l be out in a moment….

He is more than happy to get going. He knows she WILL NOT be “out in a moment”…

He is almost at the door when J hollers…

Honey! Please take The Bag with you as well…

The Bag.

Aaah! The Bag….

The Bag that weighs almost as much as J does…

The mystery of which, Mr H shall never comprehend…

The so called “diaper bag”!

There have been several discussions, arguments, accusations and denials pertaining to The Bag. Mr H thinks J needlessly stuffs it with “junk” and lugs it around, inevitably ending up with shoulder and back ache at the end of the evening.

J begs to differ. She can cite a dozen or more instances (in the recent past) where The Bag and its constituents have come in handy. Have been their saviour. Have helped them kill time in waiting rooms and airports. Have been helpful in cleaning up spit ups and poop explosions. Served as a pillow…..

But Mr H always complains. Whenever they are out as a family, The Bag serves both as a diaper bag and J’s handbag- it’s bound to be heavy!

So, after ceaseless complaints, J finally decided to give it a thorough look in. She decided to clean it up and size it down.

She decided, she might as well do a “What’s in my diaper bag” post while she is at it. It’s Ma Wednesday after all- PERFECTO!

J has always found peeks into others’ lives fascinating. There are always lessons to be learnt. Information to be garnered. Do let me know if you find such posts entertaining….

So here goes…

The Bag itself is nothing fantastic. J hated all the cheesy looking diaper bags being sold at all the baby stores. She could have used a regular handbag, but she did not want to miss out on the experience of using a “diaper/changing/baby bag”.

She wanted a classy, simple looking bag. This fit the bill…

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But the bag’s bill wouldn’t have fit J! Shelling out 1300 QAR for something she would use for not more than a couple of years seemed absurd. After all, it is just a “changing bag”.

She kept hunting for a reasonably priced bag that she wouldn’t cringe being seen with. Finally she had to settle. Function over looks.

This one had a lot of pockets/ compartments, a changing mat, insulated bottle holder and compartment, extra- pouch, detachable pouches, Velcro straps to use on the pram/stroller handle and a decent price tag of a little over 200 QAR. J liked the faux leather trim on the handle and the sides. But hated the “flower explosion” pattern!

Aah! It will have to do….

All the items shown below, came out of that bag. Nothing was thrown away. Even the receipts and bills are shown in their original condition to maintain the authenticity of this “what’s in my diaper bag” post.

Go on, peek….

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Wish it were minus the “floral explosion”… Pierre Cardin Diaper Bag
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Stuffed with stuff, yet lots more room to spare.
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More than sufficient pockets, compartments and pouches
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Detachable pouches.
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Easy to remove and attach…
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Once detached, makes more room inside
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Add- ons that come with the bag… Stroller straps, long shoulder strap, insulated bottle holder, changing pad/mat, zippered pouch.
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The junk revealed…
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Light blanket/ swaddle/ nursing cover/ multi- purpose cloth thinggy!
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Spare outfit, socks, mittens (not used). towel, cap…
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The absolute basics plus her hardly worn shoes…
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Some random “emergency” stuff…for Mr H, J and Z…
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Items to keep Zoe engaged…
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Items to keep J engaged…
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Bits and bobs…
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Essentials…
Gum and hand- sanitizer are often used, the hand cream rarely and the pacifiers wipes- NEVER!
Gum and hand- sanitizer are often used, the hand cream rarely and the pacifier wipes- NEVER!
Never know when one might need stink!
Never know when one might stink!
I carry it more for it's "cuteness quotient"...
Carried more for it’s “cuteness quotient”…
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Fragrant waste bag dispenser- Super handy!

Also, other items that usually go into this bag are J’s wallet, planner, iPad, mobile phone and a water bottle!

I guess that is almost everything. Not sure if I’m missing something. Will update if I am…

Things will change a bit now since Lil’ Z has started having “food” and “water”… Bibs, bottles, sippy cups….Aah…tis bound to get heavier!

So my lovely mommies …What’s in your changing bag?

Till next time…

Dr J.

P.S. During the course of the evening, Mr H made use of some gum, tissues, wet wipes, pen and lip balm :-). And we used a waste bag as well…. Just saying…

And the “down- sizing” of The Bag never did happen!

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  1. Hahahaha. I have the whole kitchen sink in mine and I don’t even have children! Hubby’s rule for me is if I want to take a bag, I need to carry it myself. Recently I have taken to using his pockets, for my keys, wallet, lipstick… So I don’t have to carry a bag. He’s not impressed 😀

    • I do that too sometimes…especially when we attend weddings and others traditional do’s…. A huge bag is an eyesore when worn with a blingy bag!

      Also, the big bags have another secret purpose. I now lug around around 13 kilos on my arms…baby+ bag+ mall wandering= hundreds of extra calories burnt! Secret to my skinny looks!

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