Becoming a mom is an incredible journey filled with joy, love, and, let’s face it, a whole lot of stuff to carry around. Your trusty diaper bag quickly becomes your sidekick, carrying all the essentials you and your little one need while on the go. But what exactly should go in that magical bag of wonders? It may feel like you need ALL the things, but the reality is that some items are essentials and others are not necessary. Here are our ideas to make life a little easier and a lot more organized in your diaper bag:
Diapers and wipes: This is fairly obvious! Always keep at least 3 diapers and wipes with you at all times (newborns can go through an impressive number in a short span!). We also recommend putting one extra wipes/diaper pair in your glovebox or trunk because it’s handy if you ever forgot your diaper bag. Also make sure you have a plastic changing pad (most bags come with one) and disinfectant wipes to wipe it down.
Extra outfits and ziplocs: Babies are unpredictable and accidents happen. Pack an extra set of clothes (include socks) for any accidents or weather changes. It is also helpful to have a nylon bag or ziploc bag with you to hold any soiled clothes and prevent them from making a mess in the diaper bag.
Diaper balm and creams: Include a tube of your favorite diaper cream (many moms love the Honest brand or Burts Bees kind), and lotion for baby’s skin. For yourself, be sure to tuck in chapstick, hair ties, and your own favorite lotion, and if you’re nursing, it can be nice to have nipple cream with you in case you need it.
Feeding supplies: Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, be sure to include the items you’ll need, such as a nursing cover if desired, breast shields or pads for discomfort or leaks, bottles, a hand pump or Haaka pump if needed, formula, or a bottle warmer. Depending on what you’ve decided for your baby, simply pack the items you need.
Pacifier and toys: If your baby takes a pacifier, we recommend packing more than one. Keep one in the bag as a backup, and use your other one on a daily basis. For toys, newborns don’t need many toys, but you can pack a stuffy or a book, and for older babies, a few entertaining toys for when you’re out and about.
Snacks: If you are a breastfeeding mom, packing snacks for yourself is always a good idea (such as granola bars and bottled water), but if you have an older baby, it’s good to have items like food pouches, little puffs or cereal, or crackers that are age-appropriate. And don’t forget a bib!
Emergency information: Always carry a card with your child’s medical info including pediatrician, any allergies, and contact info on it in case you are rendered unconscious and someone needs to locate a dr. Put this in the front pocket of your diaper bag for easy access.
Other necessities: Sanitizing wipes and sanitizer hand spray are helpful when your hands are full or you don’t have access to a full sink. It can also be great to have a stain remover for the stains you can’t wash right away (like a Tide pen). Lastly, a little extra cash never hurts in case you forget your wallet (tuck a little into a pocket of the diaper bag) so you don’t have to make a trek back to your car.
These diaper bag must-haves for moms will keep you organized, ready for any baby-related situation, and give you peace of mind as you embark on your adventures with your little one. So, fill up that diaper bag with these essentials, and go out into the world with confidence, knowing that you’re well-prepared for whatever parenthood throws your way!