Diaper bags can be a blessing and a curse. You have everything you need at your fingertips. But, if you can’t find anything in your bag, it can be incredibly frustrating at the same time. The best way to keep your cool while digging in your bag is to use some diaper bag organizer tips to be able to find what you want when you want and in a hurry if necessary.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
There are several ways to keep your diaper bag organized, and I will go over some of my favourite techniques with you.
1. Portable Diapering Station
Portable diapering stations are handy to have for diapering on the go. You can keep them in your diaper bag with all of your diapering needs or hang them off your stroller via the handle. They a great to grab on their own for a quick trip out of the house, no need to drag the diaper bag for every little outing.
The portable stations generally come with 1-2 zipper pockets on the inside, a detachable change pad, an external pocket and a handle you can use for carrying or attach to your stroller for easy access.
2. Packing Pouches
Packing Pouches are by far my favourite way of packing. I have collected pouches of different shapes and sizes, and they all have a specific purpose. Pouch packing is essentially using pouches to organize by type of items in your diaper bag.
I like to keep what I need packed in their assigned pouches and then move them in and out of my diaper bags as needed.
Pack your pouches in ways that make sense to you, here are some ways I have organized my pouches:
Diapering needs – this is an alternative to using the portable diapering station.
Feeding needs – You can store the bottles or breast pump, depending on your feeding style. The feeding needs bag can also be for storing snacks for older children.
Restaurant needs – this can be bibs, folding silicone placemats, utensils and so on.
Teething toys – I move this one in and out of my diaper bag frequently.
Medicine bag – This can hold pain medication, allergy medications and any other relevant medications for your child.
First Aid Kit – This is a good one for bandages, polysporin, and other small medical supplies.
Entertainment bag – This one is great for toys, colouring items, small puzzles and other items that can keep your child entertained for a period.
Extra change of clothing – Because let’s face it, accidents happen no matter the age of the child. I use a wet dry bag for this one.
No matter how you decide each pouch should be packed, they will make finding things much easier when you can pull one out at a time to get what you need in a hurry.
3. Pacifier Pods
If your child uses a pacifier, these are great for getting a Pacifier quickly. They attach to the outside of your diaper bag for easy access.
Most pods are able to hold 2-3 pacifiers or one pacifier along with a pacifier clip.
4. Bottle Bags
Insulated Bottle Bags are great for food and bottle storage. They keep items warm or cold for hours. You can fit 2-3 bottles in one bag depending on the size and shape of the bottle.
I have found it best to keep one bottle and the several formula containers in my bottle bag. Of course, this also depends on the amount of time I plan to be away from the house.
For all day trips or overnights, I will pack a couple of bottle bags each holding two (2) bottles and stackable formula containers with enough for three (3) feedings.
5. Utilizing the Pockets
If your diaper bag has a lot of built-in pockets, no extra pouches will likely be needed. The internal structure is fundamental when planning to do all your packing in the provided pockets. You want to make sure that all your items will fit without putting extra strain on the bag
I love these types of diapers bags. More pockets are definitely better. This is true for both the internal and external pockets.
Having the pockets different sizes makes it easier for organizing lots of different types of items. The larger pockets are great for baby toys, receiving blankets and diapering needs. While the smaller pockets are ideal for teething toys, face cloths, and restaurant needs.
A lot of diaper bags now have what they call a mommy pocket on the outside of the bag, this is great for holding your wallet, keys, phone, and some other smaller items you may want to take with you.
Organization is Key
However, you choose to organize your diaper is up to you. I hope that you can use my tips to help keep your bag organized and functional. When you know where everything is, it’s easy to keep in all together in a stressful situation.
If you have any other ways you like to pack your diaper bag, please let me know below in the comments.