I used an Ergo for the first year with DS (though I used a Moby for the newborn months), and discovered that having a diaper bag was very cumbersome with a carrier. I used a standard diaper bag most of the first year and then switched to a backpack.
Anyone have any tips on wearing a diaper bag and a newnorn baby at the same time? What are your preferred diaper bags that go well with babywearing?
If you have a stroller, I would suggest using binder clips on the handles of the stroller (to keep the bag from sliding down) and just put the diaper bag on the stroller. (either backpack or a messenger style)
Otherwise, I either use a backpack with a front carry or an over-the-shoulder bag with a back carry.
Even when DD was a newborn I hated toting around a diaper bag and mostly left it in the car for shopping and small excursions. All I brought with me was the folding changing table pad that had pockets for diapers/wipes (we did disposables for a month or two before she fit into the cloth I had picked u)p. Once we were into the cloth full time I just carried the wet bag on me which had a pouch on the front for dry/clean diapers and wipes and off we'd go. I should mention that both had handles with a snap closure that allowed me to loop them onto the ring sling, and in a pinch I've just tucked things behind or under her in the sling.
It can be tricky to deal with two children (one of whom may need water or snacks or a change of clothes) with no bag at all. Awesome if you can do it, but not always possible. Especially if you don't have a car nearby.
Mommy to DS born 11-10-10 And DD born 6-3-13
I'm also thinking of switching from my soft structured carrier to a wrap conversion mei tai with wider, less bulky straps to make it easier to use a shoulder bag if I need to.
You can tuck the strap of a bag sort of up and under the shoulder of a ring sling and everything is held in place. Or, of course, use the stroller to hold all your stuff.