For the last four or so years, I haven't often left my house without this...
At the beginning, it carried diapers, wipes, bottles, bibs, an extra onesie and hand sanitizer. Several months later, we added some toys and snacks. Enter kid #2 and we had to pack two sizes of diapers, wipes, bottles, sippy cups, bibs, extra clothes in two different sizes, toys and snacks. As the months went by, the contents of the diaper bag evolved still, and then started getting lighter and lighter.
Quick props here to Carter's for making such a great diaper bag. That thing has been stuffed full, spilled in and on, thrown around and jammed underneath strollers for over four years now, and still looks almost new. This is one baby item I would recommend to anyone!
I guess it was kind of sad to part ways with my long-time shoulder companion, but it was also so freeing! We no longer have to worry about checking the diaper bag before we leave to make sure it contains all of the supplies we need. If Rylie and I are just running somewhere for a little bit, I can literally walk out of the house with just my purse, as long as her Epi-pen is in it. If we are going to be gone for a while, I do grab her backpack, and we always grab Bryce's backpack when we take him out of the house. In the early stages of underwear wearing, you just never know. I also packed up a small bag with wipes, hand sanitizer, Band-aids, foaming cleanser for cuts and scrapes, and some lollipops for when the kids need a bribe. The backpacks and that bag stay in the car, but we have them if we need them.
We went out to eat tonight and as we were leaving, Brian said "wow, it is so nice not to have to gather everything up when we leave." We had nothing with us, and it WAS nice. We just paid our bill and left.
Bryce has been doing so remarkably well with his potty training! I thought Rylie was easy, but it has been a breeze with him! He rarely has accidents. We do have a little issue with keeping the pee in the potty, and it sometimes gets on his clothes, but that isn't his fault and he just needs some practice with his "aim", I guess. If any moms of boys have any tips on how I can stop these "incidents", I would love to hear them!
So yeah, no more diaper bag! Yay! Diaper bags are for babies, and I don't have babies any longer. I have big kids!