If you've heard me talk about baby and kid gear before, you know I'm a lo-fi gal. I'd rather not spend my money on stuff I'm just going to get rid of in a few months when my child has outgrown it, and I especially don't want to buy more things I'll inevitably have to haul all over kingdom come. Now that I have two kids, I swear that between the car seat and the stroller base and the diaper bag and the baby wrap and the big kid's backpack and my purse, I'm more pack mule than mother. It's bad enough I have to lug all that stuff between the house and the car several times a day; please don't make me carry all that crap on my person when I'm shopping or out to dinner too.
This is why I love my diaper pod. Down with gigantic overstuffed diaper bags full of everything you might need but usually don't.
That one's from JJ Cole and is an updated version of the one I bought four years ago and am still using for my second son. Inside is a matching changing pad (hooray for always having a clean surface) and room for a few diapers. We throw in a small container of wipes and a travel-sized baby powder, and boom, that's all you need for quick trip to the grocery store. I of course try to keep a spare onesie and anything else I might need in the car for dire situations, but otherwise I just clip the pod onto the strap of my purse and off I go. I guess if you use a stroller all the time, you could just throw your giant diaper bag in there, but for babywearers like me, the less stuff you have to carry that isn't the actual baby, the better.