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Diaper Bag Basics: What Should You Pack?

Diaper Bag Basics: What Should You Pack?

Diaper Bag Basics: What Should You Pack?

Picture this: you are getting ready to head out with your little one. You have been looking forward to this trip for days and you do not want anything to mess it up. While you think you’ve packed everything you need, you can’t seem to get rid of that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something essential in the all-important diaper bag. 

Good thing you’re reading this checklist then. Here is everything you need to pack in your diaper bag for a fun, stress-free day. 

The Essential Diaper Bag Checklist

What you need to pack in your diaper bag will depend on the weather, where you are going, and how long you’ll be gone. Here is the essential diaper bag checklist: 

  • Diapers: Pack one diaper for every two hours you’ll be out, then add a few extras just in case. 
  • Wipes: Always carry a travel pack of baby wipes in your diaper bags. They are the jacks-of-all-trades of diaper bag essentials. 
  • Burp cloths: Remember to bring in a reasonable number of burp clothes with you. 
  • Change of clothes: Always carry a change of clothes when you go out. Go for something easy to put on.
  • Changing pad: If your diaper bag does not come with a changing pad, or if you need a larger changing area, invest in a good changing pad and bring it with you. 
  • Diaper disposal bag: One or two of these will come in handy when storing soiled diapers or clothes. 
  • Baby cream/ointment: Get baby cream/ointment that comes in travel-sized tubes to save space in your diaper bag.
  • Baby food: Based on your usual feeding routine and how long you are going to be out, carry enough formula, baby food, or pumped breast milk to keep your little one well sated the entire time. 
  • Breastfeeding supplies: Are you breastfeeding? You might want to bring a few breast pads and a nursing cover. 
  • Formula supplies: Are you formula feeding? Bring a pre-filled formula dispenser, water,  and a couple of empty bottles for feedings. No need to carry the whole can.
  • Hand sanitizer: This will keep your hands clean before feeding sessions and after changing your little one. 

Other Things To Pack

There are also a number of other additional items that you might want to remember to bring with you depending on your little one’s age: 


All the items listed above, plus: 

  • 2 alternate outfits
  • Swaddle blanket


All the items listed above, plus: 

  • Favorite books and toys
  • Travel size baby lotion
  • Extra socks
  • Teething toy
  • Baby food and snacks
  • Sun or winter hat


All the items listed above, plus:

  • Snacks and water
  • Bibs
  • Toddler toys and books
  • Sunscreen
  • Portable toilet seat
  • Toilet-training supplies

Your Essentials

Going out with your little one means you also have to pack a few things for yourself. Here are some of the things to toss in the diaper bag with the baby stuff: 

  • Phone
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Nursing pads
  • Toiletry bag for your personal care items
  • Essential contact info (emergency contact, sitter, pediatrician, daycare, etc.)
  • Snacks and water 

Final Thoughts

Bringing the right things in your diaper bag with you will make your life a lot easier every time you head out with your little one. With this guide, you no longer have to worry about missing something important when you head out. Have fun!

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