I own a couple different diaper bags so I like to keep things simple for transferring between bags I use that day. These tips also work great for a well organized trip out with baby.
Here are some of the essentials in my bag.
• soft style baby carrier (a Solly or Sakura style)
•nursing cover (I use Bebe Au Lait)
•cute outfit change
•sleeper if I go through that cute outfit
•a thin baby blanket (so it doesn't take up space)
•large pack wipes and diapers (kept in a wet bag that doubles use if there was a poo explosion. I prefer the pack of wipes over small refill so I never run out. Ps I use Bambo Nature diapers and love them!)
•snacks for mom and toddler (hunger can hit anytime hard when nursing and no new mama wants a hangry kid)
•a drink for toddler (I also take a fresh bottle water for myself every trip)
I use a soft cloth bag to store her extra change of clothes. This keeps them clean and prevents little items like socks or slippers from getting lost. My snacks, diapers and bag of clothes are also easier to transfer from bag to bag. Even if you're only using one bag it sits better in your diaper bag and you'll feel more organized. The diapers also won't get crunched in the pouches by having them in a wet bag. I do switch what carrier I'm using, but always take a wrap or sling because these are great if I decide to go out for a lunch or coffee. They are nursing friendly and fit comfortable when I'm sitting. Eventually, as Apple grows we will use our SSC (ergo type) carriers exclusively. I then leave one in my car at all times so I'm never without.
Diaper bag by JuJuBe
Snack bags by Itzy Ritzy
Wet bag by AMP
Drink cooler by Zoli
Gertie the Goose by TOT Corp. - from Amelie & Max
Silk sling by Sakura Bloom
Nursing cover by Bebe Au Lait