[Ed. note: I updated this post in March 2019 after its original publication in June 2017.] It’s two-post Thursday, so a second, non-mini-oriented post will be up later today — check back in mah friends.
Also, the title of this post is a bit of a misnomer because I have been determined not to use a diaper bag, per se. I instead decided to find a lightweight tote that I love and can use whether or not mini is in tow. Mr. Magpie gifted me a Goyard St. Louis tote (not available for purchase online — I believe you can only get them from select Neimans and Barneys around the country, but The Real Real carries a whole bunch of gently used ones in great condition, like this white one!) The key to making this plan work is keeping the rest of my baby gear and personal items in separate pouches — this way, when I’m dashing off to a work meeting or appointment without mini, I can just remove her items quickly and be on my way. I use a ToteSavvy mini ($44) to keep most of her items organized, and then throw a few other pieces into one of these monogrammable wet bags, which are GENIUS because they’re lined in easy-to-wipe-down plastic in the event you find yourself with dirty clothes (spit-up, blow-out, etc.). That way, you can separate and store the soiled items in your purse. (I also just ordered this precious monogrammed banana leaf print wet bag from Etsy.)
You’ll note from the snaps above that I am never without my Kindle Paperwhite (more on my love for this magical device under the #Turbothot here), and I sneak in a few pages whenever and wherever possible; my keys (duh) on this monogrammed Cuyana key ring ($55); and one of my several Gathre changing mats (one shown above is in a limited edition print, $30). I love those mats so much! They’re easy to clean, they fold up into a tiny square–and you know I can’t say no to a cute print. During these summer months, I have been wearing these pink Wildfox shades (exact style has been discontinued, but you can find them on eBay here or go with this updated style) all day erryday. I like that they add a little funk and whimsy to even the stodgiest of outfits.
For mini’s items, in her wet bag:
+A bib (Aden + Anais, 3 for $19 — incidentally, I really like these bibs because they snap on the side instead of behind baby’s neck, the latter of which can be kind of a pain sometimes with baby’s little infant head flopping around!);
+A wubbanub pacifier for emergency occasions ($14);
+A backup onesie (I LOVE the ones from 1212 — the softest cotton EVER!);
+I almost always have some hairbows floating around, too — I love the ones from PoppyBows on Etsy.
In my Totesavvy, I keep:
+A bottle (Comotomo);
+A wipes dispenser (OXO, $8);
+Infant sunscreen during these summer months (Babyganics, $15 for set of 4 tubes);
+Pacifier wipes ($4) — am I the only one totally grossed out by the thought of keys, dirty restaurant surfaces, etc. touching the pacifier?!
+Mustela facial wipes ($8).
Not pictured, but also in tow in other compartments:
+Diapers (duh — I always have three on hand);
+OXO formula dispenser ($5);
+Baby emory board (Rhoost, $6 for pack of 10) — baby nails grow SO quickly and snag so easily; I swear I’ll trim them one night and the next they’ll be all jagged and scratchy! Having these on hand is helpful. I use these nail scissors to trim them properly at home.
Then, I keep my must-have items in a separate little pouch (Truffle, $38):
+Prada card case ($250);
+Le Pen ($6 for 3 — MY FAVORITE writing implement for those of us with miniscule, tidy handwriting; it has the most tiny, precise tip!);
+Monogrammed keychain (Cuyana, $55).
Lastly, a few items I throw in there depending on the circumstance:
+At a restaurant/if I’ll be out for awhile, I bring a toy or teether to entertain mini. She loves Sophie the Giraffe ($24).
+Nursing cover ($20).
+Chanel wallet (similar, gently used one here).