When you’re a parent, having a well-stocked diaper bag is essential for any outing with your little one. It’s your go-to resource for everything your baby might need while out and about. So, what should you pack in your diaper bag to make sure you’re prepared for any situation? We talked to experienced, new, and expectant moms to find out the latest in what’s new for diaper bag items and narrow down on the essentials.
Here is what we heard:
Diapers: This one’s a no-brainer. Always pack more diapers than you think you’ll need, as you never know when you’ll have a diaper blowout or a surprise pee. But don’t feel the need to overpack either, as you already have your hands full. Our rule of thumb is 1 for every 60-mins you plan to be gone.
Wipes: Another must-have for any diaper bag. Wipes can be used for diaper changes, cleaning hands and faces, and wiping down surfaces. Make sure you have a travel-sized pack so they don’t take up too much space.
Diaper Cream: A diaper rash can happen quickly, so it’s always a good idea to have some diaper cream on hand. Look for a travel-sized tube or sample size to save space in your bag.
Portable Changing Mat: Changing your baby on a public restroom floor or a questionable surface is never ideal. A changing pad provides a clean and safe surface for diaper changes. We LOVE this stylish and practical one, of course. 😉
Extra Clothes: Babies are messy, so having a spare set of clothes is essential. Pack a onesie, pants, and socks in case of a diaper blowout, spill, or when the A/C is set colder than usual. .
Blanket: A lightweight blanket can serve many purposes. Use it as a nursing cover, a burp cloth, or a place to lay your baby down for tummy time – not to mention, keeping them cozy and warm.
Bottles and Formula: If you’re formula feeding, pack a bottle and a pre-measured container of formula. Several moms we know have used this formula dispenser and swear by it, but you can also get away with using Tupperware or these handy formula containers.
Snacks: If your baby is on solid foods, pack some easy-to-eat snacks like puffs or Cheerios. Don’t forget to bring a spoon if needed.
Pacifier: If your baby takes a pacifier, make sure you have a spare one in your bag. It can be a lifesaver in calming your baby. There are even pacifier cases available nowadays to keep them in arms reach and free from the gunk that collects at the bottom of your diaper bag.
Hand Sanitizer: You never know when you’ll need to clean your hands, especially when you’re out and about. Pack a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer for those times when soap and water aren’t readily available.
Having a well-stocked diaper bag can make outings with your baby much less stressful. With these essentials in your bag, you’ll be prepared for any situation that comes your way. Happy diaper bag packing!
Advice shared on this blog cannot substitute the guidance of a doctor or healthcare provider.