Re: Diaper bag question for the experienced
Here's what's in mine for everyday errands. My baby is currently 7 weeks old, so no need for toys or other entertainment yet, no solid foods or snacks yet...and she's not sick, so no nose sucker or meds are packed or needed right now. This is what I've got for the newborn/starter diaper bag:
2 cloth diapers (for burping and miscellaneous messes)
Sample packets of diaper rash cream, disposable washcloths, and soap (you'll likely accumulate a ton of these samples from various sources over the course of the pregnancy)
Change of clothes (in case of a catastrophic diaper or excessive spit-up)
I breastfeed, so no bottles & bottle accessories.
When I go farther or a day trip, I also add:
1-2 extra receiving blankets
1 extra change of clothes
disposal bags for garbage/diapers
couple bibs (they're for spit-up since I breastfeed)
water or pop (for me!)
I have ended up reserving a pocket in the diaper bag for my stuff. It does get pretty ridiculous carrying a baby, a diaper bag, and a purse. I've was gung-ho I'd still carry my purse for the sake of fashion & being organized...it's just too much. I carry lip balm, wallet, keys, lip gloss, and phone in the diaper bag.
Right now, I have a medium-sized diaper bag. Using the one we got for free at the hospital. It's more than big enough...even for daytrips. We got a really nice bigger diaper bag at a baby shower, but we just don't need to carry THAT much around just yet. It's way too big for everyday use with a newborn. I can see this bigger bag being awesome when Ava gets to where she is playing with toys and we'll need more stuff to entertain her.
Short errands around town, we don't need much at all.