You’ve researched the best diaper backpacks there are out there to get, and you’ve finally made your purchase. Congratulations! This thing is going to make your diapering life way easier, with all the compartments and storage space it has.
Now, you have all your baby’s items laid out in front of you and are thinking of the next step: How on Earth do I fit everything in there in an organized way?
Don’t worry, it’s not as easy as it may seem now, and that’s what we’re here to help with!
Properly organizing your baby’s diaper backpack goes hand in hand with being very well prepared for everything that might happen in an outing with a little one in tow.
The last thing you want when your baby cries is to be frantically rummaging in the depths of your diaper backpack in search of what they need to calm down!
Why Should I Organize My Diaper Backpack?
It’s amazing how much stuff you’ll have to carry around when you’re out with a baby in tow, and it’s equally amazing how much stuff diaper backpacks can actually hold!
Simply chucking everything inside will give you no certainty that you have indeed packed everything the baby will need, though.
When babies or toddlers need something, they need it RIGHT NOW. There can be no ‘right now’ with a screaming baby and a messy bag, that’s just chaos and stress waiting to happen!
A disorganized diaper backpack is also more prone to messes and spills – two elements of child rearing that are never fun. Messes and spills lead to bacteria growth, and we all know what lovely things (not!) bacteria and germs bring alone.
Now that we’ve determined that having an organized diaper backpack is a must, let’s dive right in with tips on how you can organize your diaper bag backpack.
First things first, let’s start from the basics. Here’s what you should pack in your diaper backpack.
For your baby, you’ll need to pack:
- Changing pads (diaper mats)
- Wet bags (if cloth diapering, to store soiled cloths until you get back home)
- Diaper cream
- Formula / Breastmilk
- Thermal flask for hot water
- Insulated pack for keeping items cold/hot
- Burp cloth
- Small toys
- Spare outfit
- Sun Hat
- Sippy cup
- Baby utensils
- Container to store half eaten snacks
- Teething gel and teether
And here’s a list of important items you’ll need to pack for yourself:
- Hand sanitizer
- Spare outfit
- Snack bags
- Other necessities such as lip balm
Yes, the list does seem to imply ‘just pack the whole house’, but believe me when I say that packing a diaper backpack efficiently with all of this stuff inside is doable.
Keep in mind that a lot of this depends on buying the right diaper backpack with enough compartments, loaded with pockets and overall storage space, so make sure you choose the right one to make your life easier when it comes to organizing it!
How to Organize Your Backpack Diaper Bag
Packing a diaper backpack isn’t rocket science, but it does entail some thinking and planning.
After all, there’s quite a number of items that have to be packed – and packed in an easily accessible way.
Here’s everything you need to know and do to get your backpack diaper bag organized.
Study the Backpack
Go through all compartments, open them, check their accessibility and see what you can possibly fit inside each one.
Prior to placing things inside, decide what is going to go where.
Giving a ‘home’ to each item will not only make finding things easier, it will also help you not to forget anything in the rush to leave the house. It will also help other caregivers to quickly find what they’re looking for.
Exterior pockets and compartments are meant to help you find things easily when you need them really quick. This means that, ideally, these should be dedicated to the items you know you’ll use the most.
That said, don’t forget that easy access for you is easy access for others, too. Personal belongings, such as a wallet, should be stored more discreetly.
As an example, side pockets can be used for a bottle of formula, sippy cups, snacks, wipes, utensils, sunscreen, diaper cream or a pacifier and teether in a sterile pacifier case.
This is where the bulk of your items will find a home.
Some parents use storage bags to organize things better – I’m personally quite fond of this method as it also reduces messes and makes it much easier to clean the diaper backpack when needed.
Some diaper backpacks feature mini zippered compartments in their interior, aimed at helping you organize the bag even better.
What definitely helps is having a removable caddy or storage bag where you can place all your diaper changing necessities. This includes a diaper, the changing mat, wipes and diaper cream.
This is great for a quick change, where you just have to grab the mini bag or caddy and not end up rummaging in the diaper backpack in a (potentially) smelly bathroom.
The same applies for your personal items, too – a cute pocket is great for fitting your purse and keys. It also keeps germs from these items from reaching your little one’s necessities.
Apart from storing all your diaper changing essentials, the main compartment can also house snacks and formula, the thermal flask and insulated pack, burp cloth and bib, blanket, small toys, spare clothing for you and your child and extra diapers to see you through the outing.
A useful tip is to pack the change of clothes plus one diaper in a waterproof bag. Unfortunately, we have to use both hands to count the number of times our water flask failed on us while inside the diaper backpack!
At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong way to do things when it comes to organizing your diaper backpack. There’s just efficient and more efficient, a way that makes your life as easy as possible when outside the house, and other ways that make things way more complicated than they have to be.
The best method greatly depends on personal choice – what works for one parent, might not work for another.
That said, there are definite perks to having an organized diaper bag backpack. Less messes, less spills, less forgotten items, and less precious time wasted on searching for a missing pacifier!
And there you have it, that’s all the organization tips we’ve got! You’re now a pro backpack diaper bag organizer! Enjoy the outing!