Is your diaper bag filled with half-eaten snacks, leaking sippy cups and dirty wipes? Is it sometimes difficult to even find a diaper in there amidst the clutter? You are not alone!
These Chicago-area moms share some of their deep, dark diaper bag secrets and the must-have essentials they won't leave home without.
Mom: Annette Filwett, Glen Ellyn
Kids: Mila, 2, and Natalia, 4 months
Must-have: "The most important item is the camera. It has to fit somewhere in my bag. I also can't leave home without Mila's Minnie Mouse doll, Natalia's pacifier and the iPad!"
Dirty secret: "My poor diaper bag is constantly being spilled on with milk. Breast milk, chocolate milk, formula. I have left bottles in the bag for days at a time with enough milk at the bottom that would make any mom want to throw out the bottle."