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Whether you’re having twins or adding a new baby to your family, your diaper bag needs to do double-duty. But choosing the perfect diaper bag isn’t as simple as getting a bigger bag. Read on for five things to consider and product recommendations.
1. Organization Is Life
When leaving the house involves packing for two tiny humans plus yourself, organization becomes the key to successful outings. Here's how: Add color-coded pouches to your diaper bag, one color for each child. Look for a set like JuJuBe's Be Set. Color-coded sets help you easily keep different diaper sizes, snacks, toys and other essentials separated. Also, you'll find your phone, keys and wallet faster with your own parent pouch or cute fanny pack.
2. How You Carry Matters
Going out with two kids means doing just as much with the same two hands you had when you were responsible for just one. So don't let your diaper bag slow you down. Look for a diaper bag that allows you multiple carrying options (backpack, crossbody, carried with a handle), like the Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack. This bag also comes with stroller straps so you don't need to carry it while pushing your little ones.
3. Pockets Are Key
Two kids means more stuff and needing more space in your bag. However, just throwing double the amount of things into a bigger bag will lead to a disorganized mess. To avoid this, look for a diaper bag with separate sections for each child and plenty of pockets, like the aptly named Million Pockets diaper bag from Jujube (above). Another great choice with pockets inside and out and tons of space is the Aberdeen from Elikie & Co.
4. Try Two Smaller Bags
Sometimes keeping separate bags for each kid makes the most sense, especially if you regularly find yourself with only one child with you. Maybe a toddler spends the day in preschool or the baby stays at home while Mom takes the big sibling to music class. Or maybe you find carrying a big bag overwhelming or painful. If that sounds like you, a smaller diaper bag for each child might work better. Instead of one giant bag, consider two smaller bags in different colors, like the Anjie & Ashe parent bag (above), to keep things simple.
5. Plan for the Long Term
The arrival of a new baby on the scene is the perfect excuse to refresh your diaper bag look and get something more grown-up that can pass as a purse or a gym bag when you're off diaper duty. The Cybex Simply Flowers Diaper Bag comes with all the bells and whistles in a bag that doesn't scream diapers. Another great option is the Aimee Kestenberg Let's Ride Tote (above). Although this bag isn't technically a diaper bag, it is big and has tons of pockets.
—Eva Ingvarson Cerise
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