Filling a Diaper Bag for Twins

Filling a Diaper Bag - Doyle Dispatch

I spent most of my pregnancy simply dealing with being pregnant and being ready for having 2 little ones at once joining our home.

Towards the tail end of the pregnancy, once the nursery was finished and I was truly ready for the babies to get here, I started really letting myself picture the day-to-day life of being a twin mom. I mean, I knew it was happening, and I was ready for it (I wasn’t in denial, I promise), but it is also crazy weird to wrap your mind around. I mean, I have lived for almost 30 years without someone (besides our pets) needing ME for their survival.

Now I will have TWO little peanuts need ME to survive. Crazy.

Ok, but this post isn’t supposed to be about those feelings. It’s supposed to be about my diaper bag.

Like all of our items that we requested on our registries, we did our research. What kind of brand is the best diaper bag? What should we look for? What do twin moms suggest?

It seemed like an overwhelming majority of MoMs loved one kind of bag, if they were willing to spare the price: the Ju Ju Be BFF. So many of them had mentioned buying other cheaper bags, only to be disappointed and spending the money mere weeks or months later to get the BFF.

So, we put the dream diaper bag on the list. Why not?

Well, my mom’s amazingly generous group of friends from her choir got together and purchased it for us! How thoughtful is that!?

We got it shortly before the babies arrived, but because I was so focused on other things, I never thought of what to fill it with. I knew I didn’t want to over-fill the diaper bag (ouch for my back). So what was required?

Here are the recommendations from all of the websites I looked at:

  • diapers
  • wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • changing pad
  • plastic bags for diaper disposal
  • ziplock bags/wet bag
  • bottles of formula/breast milk
  • blanket
  • extra clothes
  • pacifier
  • burp cloths
  • sunscreen
  • Clorox anywhere wipes
  • emergency information
  • snacks (for older children)
  • sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for older children)
  • diaper rash cream
  • tissues
  • nail clippers
  • camera
  • nursing cover
  • breast pads
  • sling or wrap
  • toys, board books, crayons, paper
  • comfort object
  • teething toys
  • bib
  • first-aid kit
  • wallet
  • keys
  • phone
  • sunglasses
  • pen and paper
  • snacks, mints, or gum
  • water bottle
  • book
  • new shirt (in case of spit-up or spill)

Ok, now that seems like a really, really big list. And, if you think about it, I would need DOUBLE of many of those items, since I will be out-and-about with 2 babies. Plus, they aren’t just one gender, so it will be imperative that I use gender neutral items to make it easier to pack.

One recommendation that I received early on was to only pack the necessities in the diaper bag. Then, I should keep a secondary bag in the car with the overflow. If I desperately need something, I can run back to the car (or send a friend/family member) to retrieve what I need.

So what do I ACTUALLY put in my diaper bag?

  • diapers – 4 per baby
  • wipes – a travel container full of them
  • burp cloths – 4-8 of them
  • wash cloths – 2 thin ones to act as a quick burp cloth
  • extra clothes (1 onesie and 1 pair of socks per baby)
  • nursing cover
  • changing pad (padded + 3 disposable pads)
  • plastic bags for diaper disposal
  • pacifiers (1 per baby)
  • pacifier wipes
  • saline
  • nasal aspirator bulb
  • baby lotion
  • diaper rash ointment
  • anti-gas drops

In the Mom Pocket in the Diaper Bag:

  • hand sanitizer
  • chap stick
  • lanolin/nipple cream
  • snacks for Mom
  • emergency information
  • breast pads
  • wallet
  • keys
  • phone
  • sunglasses

Items for the car:

  • blanket
  • ziplock bags/wet bag
  • extra clothes (2 sets of gender neutral items)
  • sunscreen
  • sling or wrap
  • toys, board books, crayons, paper
  • new shirt for mom (in case of spit-up or spill)

And now, here’s a printable for you to print and keep with you for those times when you need to refill your bag/car/etc.

What to Fill in Diaper Bag - DoyleDispatch.com

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Comments

  1. Packing a diaper bag for twins can be a little challenging to say the least. 🙂 I recently tried the Okkatots Travel Baby Depot bag and I think it’s perfect for two kids, or even more. Not as stylish as the BFF though.

  2. Yep, we always had some stuff in the bag, and a ton more in the car! And that was with just 1 baby. My kid is 6 and I still get anxious if the car doesn’t have a pack of wipes in the back seat…

    • I totally understand about the anxiety without wipes. I recently realized I didn’t have any wipes, and I started having sweaty palms instantly.

  3. Woah! I always thought I wanted twins…even after my first child when I still thought I had this parenting thing down. Then my wild child came along and now I’m clueless. I can’t imagine having to remember everything for twins all the time and if I had two of my wild child! Eek! Great article for moms of multiples!

    • I think the only thing that keeps me sane when I have two screaming babies and I keep having to bounce from one to the other is our home’s organization. I feel like that is the key to motherhood, whether you have one baby or twenty. To let you in on a little secret, I partially wrote this blog post so that whenever I need to re-pack the diaper bag, I can look and see my little reference post here to help. I have also found that, while a bit more expensive, it doesn’t hurt to have extras of everything, so I can always have my diaper bag packed. That way, I don’t have to always pack and repack it.

  4. Love your diaper bag! I hope I don’t need as much with just one, pinning to save for when my first little gets here in a few more months. Great post!

    • Thanks for pinning it! Congrats to you on your new addition! I hope the list is helpful. Let me know if you have any changes once you start using your diaper bag.

  5. These are great tips! My best friend just had twins and I am going to send this to her. She is going to need all the help she can get, lol!

  6. By the time I had my “twins” they were nearly two years old so there wasn’t as much to carry except that potty accidents were a nightmare! {p.s. I’m a foster parent and had a girl just a few weeks younger than my son.}

  7. having a twins is a big challenge i will give this bag a try i hope it will be the right for me

  8. Melissa says:

    I have 3 month old twins and I’m finding my diaper bag is just too small & not functional. What style (kind) of diaper bag is shown here?

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