When juggling two diaper-clad kids of different ages, the idea of keeping essentials at the ready can seem crazy. But it can be done with just a little time and preparation. Here’s how to build a better system for your bag.
Compartmentalize. All diaper bags have pockets galore. Think hard about how often you reach for each item. Work from the outside in, using the zip-close outside pockets for those small items you need in a snap, like keys or pacifiers. Wide inside pockets work well for diapers and wipes. The inside lining’s zip pocket is perfect for discreet wallet stashing.
Memorize. Assign each kid a side and commit it to memory — newborn stuff on one side, big kid stuff on the other. Sleep deprivation can make a parent fuzzy, so grab a marker and piece of masking tape and mark whatever you can with each kid’s name. This way, you won’t find yourself fumbling with a newborn diaper on your toddler.
Maintain. When your bag is shipshape, it's key to keep it that way. Take five to replenish stuff and toss those nasty half-eaten snack bags. A weekly once-over with a non-toxic disinfectant wipe should knock out any lingering, questionable smells.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.