Never in a million years would I have imagined that one tiny baby would require SO MUCH STUFF. Seriously. Fast forward five years and I am still carting his things around when we are out and about, but thankfully I have become wiser over the years when packing a diaper bag. Another thing I’ve learned? That Daddy can have his own diaper bag so I can take a breath and focus on myself instead of my family for a while. Do you need a bit of a break, too? Then look no further than my list of what to pack in Daddy’s diaper bag. Just be sure to forward this article to your hubby before you go running to the door to meet up with your mom squad.
*Water bottle (one for the kiddo, one for the Dad)
*Snacks that don’t melt or freeze (examples: granola bar, raisins, veggie straws, dry cereal) and formula if needed
*Complete change of clothes for the child
*Clean shirt for Dad (let’s get real…men can be just as messy as children while eating.)
*Diapers/Pull ups if not totally potty trained
*1-2 books (“Look and Find” books are awesome for when waiting with kids)
*2-3 small toys (examples: slinky, toy cars, anything that squeaks or lights up)
*First aid kit (include bandaids, thermometer, child medicine, headache medicine for adults)
*2-3 plastic grocery store bags (because life with kids is messy…and it is best to contain that mess as best you can before mom finds it.)
Just Porter Backpacks
Now that probably seems like a ton of stuff, right? Well…it is. Which leads me to another important part of this conversation. You need to pick the right bag or else all of your hard work will be for nothing. What should you look for in a Daddy diaper bag?
It needs to be well made, have lots of compartments, and fit Dad’s lifestyle. For us, it was a no brainer that we chose a Just Porter bag. Their bags are hand crafted and meticulously made so that each and every buckle and compartment has a specific purpose, which is key for a diaper bag. With two little boys who require lots of outfit changes throughout the day (they’ve never met a muddy puddle that they haven’t jumped into), we carry around a ton of extra clothes. Our old bag wouldn’t even zip because it was filled to the brim. We don’t have that issue with our Streeter College Commuter Backpack. There is a place for everything….as well as any other little treasurers they find on their way to the park.
Another aspect that we love about the Just Porter backpacks is that they are durable, which is a must for Chicago families. I mean, Mother Nature can really pound on us Midwesterners so we need bags that can withstand the elements and the Just Porter bags are definitely up to the challenge with their high quality, waterproof materials. My husband can be just as rough as our little boys, so his diaper bag has been thrown around quite a bit. But you would never know since it is still in the same condition as the day we bought it…and oh so stylish, of course!
Not only does Just Porter create great bags for individuals, but they are also creating great things for communities. With each bag purchase, Just Porter donates a backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need. So that means that by buying a bag that suits your lifestyle, you are changing a child’s life. How absolutely amazing is that?!?
If you are looking for something to get the man in your life for the holidays, I highly recommend one of the unique bags from Just Porter. You will be giving him a great bag, contributing to the awesome Just Porter charity mission, and giving yourself a much needed break, sweet mama. Now that’s what we call a win!
This post was sponsored by Just Porter. All opinions are my own.