There comes a time in every mom’s life where she looks forward to ditching the diaper bag. You know what I am talking about, the day you no longer have to carry a diaper bag for your baby because you no longer have a baby. I am not done having children, but let me tell you I am looking forward to the day I don’t have to carry a diaper bag with me. My daughter is almost 2 1/2, so you would think that time should be coming soon, and trust me, I am hoping it does, but for now I am still carrying a diaper bag, and here’s why!
First off, it’s convenient, seriously. It didn’t take me long to get rid of my purse after I had my daughter. It was so easy to just pack the things I needed in an outside pocket of the diaper bag and go. Even to this day, it’s still convenient because it’s ready to go most of the time.
The second reason I am still carrying a diaper bag is that I know the second I don’t my daughter will need her diaper changed or get car sick. If you have ever had a child get car sick then you know how horrible it is, and if you haven’t had a child get car sick count yourself lucky!
It’s also nice to have a few toys on hand for when my daughter get bored, or snack foods and a drink for when we are waiting for food. I hate when my car is cluttered, so having a bag where everything is confined makes it nice so I don’t have toys and food all over the place.
The thing is that no matter how convenient it is to carry a diaper bag I am so ready to get rid of it. When my daughter was a baby the diaper bag was always full. We had to have at least one change of clothes, several diapers, wipes, toys, food, bottles, formula, and who knows what else in the bag. This meant that the bag was generally full. Now that my daughter is older and not eating every 3 hours, eating regular food, and doesn’t need her diaper changed as often her diaper bag is almost empty. It makes it almost pointless to carry it.
In the end, though, there are still a couple more reasons I still carry it, no matter how bad I want rid of it. To start, it’s a way to hold on to my baby. Every day I wake up and wonder how I got where I am. I am extremely blessed, so I am not questioning that, but I wonder how I have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter. I mean it seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. Having the diaper bag with me is just one way I can hold on to my baby for just a little longer.
The other reason I continue to carry the diaper bag is that I don’t want to get out of the habit. I know that I am almost ready to start trying for baby number 2 and it’s inevitable that once I finally ditch the diaper bag for my daughter that I will find I am pregnant with the second child. It seems silly, but it’s just how things seem to work for me.
No matter what the reasons for still carrying a diaper bag or getting rid of the diaper bag, it is almost like a huge milestone. It is almost like the milestone of walking or talking, only this one is for the parents.
Do you love or hate carrying a diaper bag? How old was your child when you finally stopped carrying one, or are you still carrying one?