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: Lauren Pero, Oak Park
Kid: Ava, 16 months
Must-have: "Besides diapers and wipes, I always have Wet Ones on hand to wipe down dirty shopping carts and sticky hands. Graham crackers and an Elmo book are always in my diaper bag in case of a meltdown. They can buy me an extra 15 minutes until I can get where I need to go."
Dirty secret: "This is gross, but I actually just looked in there today and found a piece of petrified dinner roll from probably two months ago."