How I fit a staggering 71+ items in my twin diaper bag
Packing a diaper bag for twins can be a daunting experience for the first few times. You may wonder “how will I fit so many items in one bag?” or “am I leaving out something important?”
In this post I will share how I pack my diaper bag for the twins from birth up to toddlerhood and hope it helps you to figure out a system and bag that works for you.
While shopping for a diaper bag I was of course tempted to buy something cute and girly (I have fraternal girls) but after seeing the limited offerings able to hold twin supplies I decided to look at more practical choices.
My criteria for the bag was that it should have these:
- VERY comfortable wide straps or backpack (so I can have my hands free to hold both babies)
- Lots of pockets and compartments to make things easy to find
- Not too feminine so my husband can wear it too
- Designed for use as a diaper bag (not just a big tote/bag)
- Able to transition into toddlerhood
After searching online for weeks I found the Jeep Perfect Pockets backpack diaper bag and it has been our sidekick from our journeys to the NICU, infancy and up to this point at 22 months with our twins.
We have also used it for traveling internationally and everything we needed for the 2.5hr flight fit perfectly (7hrs total before getting to destination). I can see us using this bag for at least another 2 years.
So let me get into the details of fitting 71+ items into our bag. I will add a number only to the items that are always packed in the diaper bag for the infant stage. The other items are suggestions or ‘toddler additions’ to the bag which in most cases replaces some infant items.
#1-8 – Up to 8 Diapers total
# 9 – A 1-inch stack of wipes (about 30 pieces) in the wipes dispenser. See image above for easy to reach specialized dispenser on the Jeep Diaper Backpack – one of our favorite features!
#10 – Diaper rash cream/ointment
#11 – Hand Sanitizer (travel size)
#12 & 13 – 1 infant comb & brush set
#14 – 1 thermometer (in ziplock bag with other medicinal stuff)
#15 – 4-6 single use packs of anti-bacterial wipes (for wiping off thermometer or pacifier)
#16 – 1 small bottle of ovol (gas-relief) and/or liquid pain medication (for vaccine days)
#17 – up to 4 bandaids
#18 – empty ziplock bags and recycled store plastic bags (for dirty clothes and diapers)
Add – tissue, small bottle of allergy/cold medication, small tube of Neosporin
Remove – thermometer, comb and brush set
#19-22 – four (4) bottles minimum. I expressed breastmilk and supplemented with formula as well.
#23 – One 12-oz bottle of water (if I don’t have enough room, I pour the water into 2 of the bottles instead and keep them upright in the insulated section on the side)
#24 – One powdered formula dispenser
#25 & 26 – Two 2oz dry cereal containers (got them from a friend for storing breastmilk but I used them for cereal mostly)
#27 & 28 – 2 small bottles prepared/home-made baby food
#29 & 30 – 2 spoons
My Avent double breast pump had its own bag and it stored the milk bags, pump parts, nipple cream and extra bottle parts. I carried it around along with the diaper bag for 1 year.
Add – minimum 2 sippy cups, snacks, straws
Remove – baby food
#31 & 31 – Two (2) outfits (1 outfit change for each baby)
#32 & 33 – Two (2) pairs of socks
#34 – 37 – Four (4) bibs
#38 & 39 – Two (2) caps
#40 & 41 – Two (2) burp cloths
#42 – 45 – Four (4) receiving blankets
#46 – 49 – Four (4) Small rags
#50 & 51 – Two (2) handmade soft crocheted sweaters (didn’t take up much space, in case they got cold)
#52 – 1 blouse (change of top in case of spitups or other accidents)
Other stuff we needed
#53 & 54 – Two (2) Changing pads
#55 & 56 – Two (2) teething toys
#57 & 58 – Two (2) books
#59 – 64 – Six (6) pacifiers
#65 & 66 – Two (2) pacifier clips
#67 – 70 – Four (4) hair clips/barettes/headband
#71 – Ziplock bag with health cards, medical passports and appointment cards
Add – two 7-inch tablets
Remove – teething toys, 1 changing pad
Whew, that’s a lot of items! A fully packed bag like this can weigh 5-8lbs but the comfortable straps of the backpack evenly distributes the weight and you won’t feel a thing once you have it on.
This system has worked for us from infancy to toddlerhood with our twin girls. Feel free to use it and download your free customizable checklist to make packing the diaper bag a breeze:
‘Til Next Time!