Originally Posted by Carley
My messenger bag fits to the brim:
6 diaper covers
6 fitted diapers
1 medium sized waterproof "lap pad"
Change of clothes
Also, my mother says an insulated area of a diaper bag is necessary to transport breastmilk & bottles. I will be a SAHM & plan to breastfeed exclusively. I am really excited about and commited to extended & consistant nursing (insert another "we'll see how that goes" here). Am I naive to think I will never use bottles? Are these compartments necessary or useful for reasons other than insulating breastmilk?
Wow. Well, first thing, I think it's great that you are thinking about all this ahead of time. It's good to try to think these things through and pregnancy is a good time for that, for sure. But in my opinion, you are kind of...umm...obsessing. I mean that in only the nicest way. I mean to say, really, I think you might be overthinking things just a bit.
But here's my take on it. You don't need to fit anywhere NEAR that amount of stuff in your diaper bag unless you are planning to be gone for DAYS. In my bag, for most outings, I carry about four cloth diapers, two disposable diapers for emergencies (because they are small) and one extra diaper cover plus snappis. I carry two or three cloth wipes (we use one per change). I don't carry "wipe solution" because we just use plain warm water which works great. My diaper bag has (included) a small folding plastic pad which I put a cloth diaper on to change the baby on. I also have a change of clothes for her.
4 extra cloth diapers (one used to cover plastic changing pad)
1 diaper cover (wool)
2-3 cloth wipes
change of clothes for baby
This allows me to also put in my book, my purse, a small snack, and my water bottle (ESSENTIAL for nursing mama). There's even some room left over. Any small purchases I make usually go in this bag. It was given to me by the hospital where my dd was in the NICU, a souvenier, I guess, so I didn't spend anything for it. My original plan was to use a backpack I had.
Long story short, please don't spend a fortune on a diaper bag. Your messenger bag sounds great. You don't need to haul everything but the kitchen sink. Further, once the baby comes and if you find yourself hauling everything and the sink, too, THEN you can go get a bigger diaper bag.
As for the whole breastmilk thing, I started out pumping because I had a preemie who couldn't take the breast, but as soon as she could take the breast I gave up the pump and have never looked back. Some pumps come with a small insulated bag for bottles (mine did - Ameda Purely Yours). But if you are WITH the baby, you obviously wouldn't need to give it a bottle, (unless you had some extenuating circumstances or didn't like to NIP) so you wouldn't exactly have to fit bottles and stuff into your diaper bag, would you? I would say again, wait til the kid is out before spending a bunch of dough on stuff you might never need.
Those are my two cents. My motto throughout pregnancy and now: Don't worry, don't fret, don't buy a lot of stuff. Wow, I should put that in my siggie. Heh.
Good luck and Congrats on your baby!