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October 3, 2016

The 7 Things in our Toddler’s Diaper Bag

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JuJuBe BFF Diaper Bag from Baby Cubby

Knowing that we’ll have another baby joining us early next year, I decided I really, really wanted to try a backpack diaper bag! I ordered the JuJuBe B.F.F Diaper Bag because I’ve heard good things about it. The only negative feedback I read was it’s a little small — which I felt was a good challenge for me because we always end up with wayyyy too much in our diaper bag. Challenge Accepted.

What do we keep in our diaper bag for our toddler?

  1. Diapers + Wipes
  2. Diaper Rash Cream
  3. Sun Screen/Bug Spray
  4. Bib
  5. Snack(s)
  6. Leak-Proof Sippy Cup
  7. Extra Outfit + Socks

Aside from being a backpack, the other feature that sold me on a JuJuBe bag is that it has a “mommy pocket.” It has a pouch for your glasses/sunglasses, a clip for your keyring, and 3 other pockets to keep your things organized. Since I’m a working mama, I leave Blaire’s diaper bag at daycare with her, so I don’t leave my wallet in there (if it’s a weekday!) but you better believe I am super excited not to carry around my purse AND a diaper bag on the weekends… which is when we do most of our shopping and errand-running anyways. ;) 

What do I keep in the “mommy pocket?”

  1. Chapstick
  2. Lotion
  3. Hand Sanitizer
  4. Wallet
  5. Cell Phone
  6. Bandaids

 JuJuBe BFF Diaper Bag feeding ducks

JuJuBe BFF Diaper Bag from Baby CubbyJuJuBe BFF Diaper Bag from The Baby Cubby

Not sure what type of diaper bag to buy? The Baby Cubby has a detailed diaper bag buying guide on their site and it’s super helpful! 

ugga mugga means I Love You

Blaire loves “ugga mugga” ;)

Not only does The Baby Cubby carry tons of amazing brands I already know and love, but the more I read about them, the more I fell in love with them! The Baby Cubby was made for every parent out there who has ever felt overwhelmed or discouraged about becoming a parent. Their team is made up of parents who have been there, who know what it’s like and are passionate about encouraging, inspiring and reminding parents how amazing they are and how important their role is. And finally, they price match! Yay! Do you love them as much as I do? Sign up for their newsletter and receive 10% off your first purchase! 

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    Carol davis
    October 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Great blog ! Of course I loved the pictures too !

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    JeeYoung W
    October 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Hehe cuties! Love these pics and that bag is adorable!

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    sarah tucker
    October 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    That’s a great diaper bag!!

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    Eryka
    October 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    adorable diaper bag! I love the tips, thank you

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    Alfa Sengupta
    October 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Backpack diaper bags are definitely a must for my go go mom life too!! This one is so cute!!

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    Stefanie
    October 5, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Great list! I finally got a backpack style diaper bag after over a decade of parenthood. Can’t help but wonder why I didn’t do it sooner!

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    chanel
    October 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

    this diaper bag is adorable! i love the monochrome and backpack option

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    Patricia
    October 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Love the photos!!! This is such a cute bag!!

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    Fawn Rosenbohm
    October 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Such a cute diaper bag. I love the black and white stripes.

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    Kim S
    October 6, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Super cute bag! Love the Baby Cubby as well!

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    Lindsey
    October 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Very cute!

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The sleepless nights.
Breastfeeding.
Losing myself in motherhood — feeling like I had to be with Blaire 24/7.
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