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Inside the Diaper Bag of Triplets

When it comes to diaper bags, Ali Hynek is the inadvertent queen. Sure, her handprinted textile company, Nena & Co. doesn’t actually make a diaper bag. But pretty much every chic mama we know uses one of Nena & Co.’s gorgeous Guatemalan bags to carry around her baby’s things, so that pretty much qualifies her as an expert. And now that she’s got three newborn triplets, Penelope, Alejandra and Ethan, she’s one of them.

News of the babies came as Ali was growing her first “baby,” Nena & Co., founded in part to help her reconnect with her family’s Guatemalan heritage during her infertility struggles. “We were really just crossing our fingers that it would work,” she says of the third IVF round. “The nurse doing the ultrasound told me we were having twin, and I asked her what that ‘other stuff’ was in there. Well, that was another baby! I was shocked...and I mean, like, total shock. After it sunk in, they were all I could think about. And now they’re my whole world and we couldn't be happier!”

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Take a look inside Ali’s triplet diaper bag (aka the Convertible Day Bag), then check out those adorable triplets and her handsome hubby Jeremy on over to our Instagram feed, where Ali’s taking over for the day!

What’s the most important rule for packing a diaper bag for triplets is?

You'd think with triplets I would need a gigantic diaper bag. But the truth is, when you have so many babies, you learn to be efficient with everything, and that includes packing for babies. I love fashion and function, which is why I've been so pleased with the Convertible Day Bag I designed. I love the side pockets and the front and back pockets for easy access. The detachable backpack straps free up my arms so that I can carry one or two babies! I'm obsessed with patterns and patterns on patterns, so the it really goes with anything I'm wearing. And if I want to use it just to run an errand or on a date with Jeremy, I can just use the crossbody strap instead of the backpack.

What are your must-haves for a triplet diaper bag?

1) The Nena & Co. Convertible Day Bag. When I found out I was pregnant, I refocused on our alternative diaper bags and decided that the Day Bag needed detachable backpack straps ASAP. When it hit the market a couple months ago, it did extremely well. We haven't been able to keep them in stock! But luckily I got to pick my favorite and have one that I use daily since its cute enough to use as an everyday purse!

2) Solly Baby Wrap. I always carry a solly baby wrap in my bag cause it seems to be the best way to sooth a tired baby that won't go to sleep.

3) Kickee Pants PJ's. We live in them and can't get enough.

4) The Ergobaby carrier. For outings (my husband LOVES this one so much).

5) iPhone to snap pics round the clock.

6) Baby Wipes. For all sorts of situations

7) Soothie Pacifiers.

8) 6 Dr. Brown's Bottles.

Photography of Ali Hynek by Rachel Thurston.

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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