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Thanks to the resourceful folks here, I've already picked up some great $-saving tips for alternatives to BabyLegs (discount knee socks) and PULpads (army wool blanket)-- yay!<br><br>
Now I'm wondering if anyone could suggest a good workaround for diaper bags. I like the idea of something that zips up discreetly and securely. Is this something I'm better off buying (where?), or does anyone have any creative ideas for making do with other materials?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:<br><br>
What I really want in a diaper bag is, among other things, a place to put the rubbermaid container we use as a travel potty. But I want a not-too-big messenger-style bag. Right now we have a backpack, and that just doesn't work well when I want to carry Naked Baby on my back, or in the ring sling or wrap.<br><br>
I know <a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net" target="_blank">www.sleepingbaby.net</a> has a good pattern for a small diaper bag. And you certainly could use just any bag, and as long as you have a wetbag (sew up an old army blanket <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">), it'd work. But I want something nice. But not crazy expensive. And <i>not</i> with a "convenient baby bottle cooler holder"! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I used a regular school backpack and we did EC without carrying a little tub around. We just took her to the bathroom when we left the house, when we arrived at the destination, before we left the destination, and when we got home.<br><br>
Also kept many plastic grocery bags in the trunk with a box of wipes.<br><br>
If stuck with no bathroom and no grass, I'd throw a CPF in the plastic bag in the trunk, pee her into the bag, tie that sucker up and wash when I got home.<br><br>
HTH!<br>
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I made this bag:<a href="http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204" target="_blank">http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204</a><br><br>
- first bag project - I added an inner pocket and made it bigger. Made it with scraps, took about 1/2 hour. If you are not familiar with sewing bags you could do a mock-up first using an old sheet from the SallyAnn. Sometimes too you can get fabric there.<br><br>
This pattern may not be the best diaper bag unless you are good at customizing and adding your own pockets as you like them, but there are other bag tutorials on this site for diaper bags. I'm planning to try some. but the bag is good for little jaunts.
 

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My dh has picked up canvas zip bags at Expos, they are great for tossing in stuff and going.<br>
I just added a zipper to a bag (I made the bag, but I finally decided it needed a zipper). It isn't difficult to do.<br>
Maybe post an ISO in the TP and someone will have something. I know a few sewing mamas who make these sorts of things or even custom items (of course that isn't "cheap").
 

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Until yesterday, I was just using my purse -- it's a large tote-type thing, not like a handbag. It was just a little too big for my needs, though... Yesterday, my canvas tote arrived in the mail from theecstore.com. It says "I (heart) EC" on it heh...<br><br>
It's a better size for my purposes.<br><br>
What I carry around in my 'diaper bag':<br><br>
Portable potty system consisting of: Potette (also new heh), rubbermaid collapsible container and lid, in a wetbag (that came with the potette)<br>
3 or 4 dry trainers<br>
Wetbag (for wet trainers, not the potette)<br>
Wallet<br>
Keys<br>
Cellphone<br>
Brochure on EC<br>
Little tupperware container of kamut puffs... lol...<br><br><br>
I don't often need the portable potty, as a PP said most of the time public restrooms are enough. But I have had enough occasions where there was just not anything available and I needed to pee her in the car, so I'm happy to carry this around. I've used the collapsible container for months now, just holding her over it, but it's getting more difficult to manage that so I got the potette seat to go over the container.
 

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These are helpful! You've got me thinking that I can probably make do with the ton of tote bags that I already have, and just stitch up part of the wool army blanket to create a "wet bag" for containing the messy stuff.<br><br>
I see several of you are using Rubbermaid containers as travel potties. Do you think the plastic containers used for yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, etc. would work for this purpose? I realize they're not collapsible, but they're not all that big either.<br><br>
(It's kind of funny that the more I read this board, the cheaper I get. You're all such a great influence on me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 
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