How I Organize My Diaper Bag

My number one tip for streamlining the process for switching out diaper bags, or even handbags, and keeping my bags orderly is to keep everything in pouches/zippered bags.  It also saves me a lot of headache when I need something immediately (Umm fussy toddler at the grocery store anyone?  “Where on earth are the snacks honey??  I need them stat!”).  When I need to run an errand, and enjoy some mommy-alone-time, all I have to do is remove a couple pouches to lighten up my bag and I am good to go!
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I always keep a travel-sized rash cream with me–shouldn’t have to explain that one. 😉 At least 2-3 diapers and plenty of wipes are always kept in my diaper pouch
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Snack pouch!  I try to steer towards less-sugary snacks (heaven knows children don’t need that extra energy from the sugar), such as dried fruits and veggies.  The fruit snacks are for myself. 😉
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My little toy pouch is perfect for using at a restaurant when trying to kill a little time as you wait on your food, or to use as a distraction at a doctors appointment.  I only keep small toys in here–sometimes I toss my daughters lovey in my bag when it’s getting close to her nap and she needs to wind down in the car.
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Coupons!  I think I found this cute polka-dotted accordion container at Walmart a few years ago–it’s perfect for keeping my coupons alphabetically arranged.
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I really love my Ju Ju Be Be Rich in the Queen of the Nile print.  I bought it because I wanted a wallet that opened up completely so I can easily view all the contents inside and not have to go digging through my wallet to find hidden loyalty cards and such.  You know exactly what I am talking about, don’t you… Should I also mention that this wallet can be safely tossed directly into the washing machine for a good cleaning??  I mean, does it get any better than that?  All Ju Ju Be products are washable, in fact.  And no, this post is not sponsored, I just love Ju Ju Be! 😉
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Ta-da!  Easy access.
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This clear pouch keeps some of my makeup products, as well as miscellaneous items such as eye drops, teething gel for the baby, and some feminine products.  Tip: also keep a few feminine items in your diaper pouch for convenience.
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My Ju Ju Be Be Light Tote has two deep from pockets that I keep a few more random items in (my rosebud salve and earplugs for exams and plane rides could probably be kept in my misc. pouch…).  I always have a pair of sunglasses with me, a small medical pouch, gum, a mini Fiber One snack bar and a travel-size brush.
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And that’s it, the full contents of my diaper bag–minus the pacifier pod hanging from the straps. 😉  It seems like a ton of stuff (and I have not even mentioned the milk and water sippy cups you bring for each trip haha) but it really is so nicely organized that my bag still has space to spare!  What are your top tips for keeping your diaper bags and/or purses organized?

Friday Favorites

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It’s been a great week, with Ava finally sleeping through the night again. ❤ This last sleep regression hit me so hard that I was starting to wonder if it would ever pass–it did, thank the Lord!
I’ve been LOVING the Starbucks Doubleshot on ice (light ice with coconut milk)!  Where has this drink been??  It has 3 (THREE!) shots of espresso and now I feel like I’m finally in the big leagues.  I drank this just before my last exam and I was awake and focused for the entire test…plus I passed–woohoo!
For the evenings when it takes Ava a little more time to wind down, I occasionally use a little lavender essential oil or the Plant Therapy Nighty Night oil.  I’ve been rediscovering essential oils lately.  I always keep a little travel case of them in my purse.  The peppermint always takes away a headache, and I have used Eucalyptus oil on the soles of my feet before when I had a coughing fit in church (awkward, but the coughing stopped after I applied the oil).
Spending time with Ava lately has been really special to me.  She hasn’t been as fussy from teething and I’ve been making the effort to go out more and just spend more time discovering new things together.  I recently took her to the beach and she was in heaven! Haha She absolutely loved it, plus it tired her out for her next nap. 😉  I also took her to the park recently and she had a ball just running around and climbing the slides.
I hope everyone else has had a wonderful week and you are ready for a great weekend!!
Aloha! 🌸