Since I've been getting out with the twins and Blake on my own a lot lately, I've gotten the diaper bag thing down. It used to take me a long time to get everything situated, now it takes me maybe 5 minutes. I'm going to give you a run down of diaper bag essentials if you're getting out of the house with twins.
Before I start, if you're currently pregnant and looking for a diaper bag, I recommend getting a big one. With Blake, I had a PPB touring tote, and since with just one baby I filled that thing up so full that it was often hard to zip it shut, I knew I needed something bigger. I will note that I have a friend with just one baby that nurses (therefore doesn't need to carry bottles) and the touring tote is a great size for her.
I found my Nest diaper bag and I knew it was the one. I love it, and I think it doesn't look too much like a diaper bag, so I intend on using it as a travel bag when I'm done carrying baby things in it.
And seriously, when in doubt, get the biggest size of diaper bag that you can. I also recommend getting one that has a long strap that can be attached. It's great to be able to sling this over my stroller handle, or carry it across my body when I'm carrying a baby or two also.
That said, here is my list of diaper bag essentials for getting out of the house with twin babies.
1. Diapers and Wipes
I mean, obviously. I typically bring at least 3-4 diapers per girl. I have used every single diaper in my bag in an outing before, too.
2. Diaper Baggies
Those little plastic baggies that you can put a dirty diaper in and throw in the trash are so great. Not only can you use them for diapers, but if someone has an accident or a little too much spit up, you can put the dirty clothes in there and throw it back in your diaper bag when changing their clothes.
3. At least one onesie per kid
Two or three onesies are usually in my bag in case someone needs a wardrobe change while we're out.
4. Formula Packets
These things are amazing. Since my girls are each on different formulas, I carry about 5-6 of each type of the packets. Each packet makes 4 ounces of formula.
5. Bottles with water already in them.
I make at least 2 bottles for each of my girls, sometimes 3 or 4, depending on how long we're going to be away from the house. In one bottle, I put 8 ounces, in the other, 4. And I typically keep a bottle of water, like aquafina or something similar, in my bag too.
6. Sanitizing Wipes and Quick Clean Wipes
I use sanitizing wipes for wiping off tons of stuff... high chairs, hands, you name it. They are great for on the go. I also carry Medela Quick Clean Wipes with me. You use them to clean something, like a bottle, without water. We ran low on bottles when we got delayed flying to spring training this spring. I had these little numbers in my bag. We rinsed out the bottles and then used the wipes to clean and sanitize them. They are amazing.
7. Snacks and Food
My kids are all hungry pretty much all the time. I make it a habit to keep rice rusks for the girls and snacks for Blake on hand at all times. You get bonus points if you bring some baby food and a spoon with you when you'll be out at meal times.
8. Table Toppers
If you're going to a restaurant, I recommend table toppers. They are little plastic placemats that you stick to the table in front of them. I'm a food allergy mom, and I don't tend to know if they guy before us has been mongering some peanut butter and jelly, so I tend to love these for babies that eat right off the table. Plus, I've worked in restaurants, I know how dirty that rag is that they are cleaning off your table with. I also advise the sanitizing wipes for tables in front of older siblings since they tend to drop things and eat them too.
9. Bibs and Burp Cloths.
If you have to choose one, bibs are always great for cleaning up spit up too. :)
10. Pacifiers and Toys
I usually keep at least 2 of each girls' pacifiers and 2 toys per girl in my bag. They love the toys that hang down from their car seats for now.
What do you usually take on your outings with kids? What keeps them happy?