Must Have Items for your Diaper Bag
Updated: Jan 18
You’re rushing out the door with the kids and you grab the diaper bag, but does it have everything you will need for the day?
I’ve put together a list of Must Have Items that you should always keep in the diaper bag.
There are many items you do not want to leave home without!
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You would think this would be an obvious one, but I wanted to list it for 2 reasons.
1 – Many people will actually forget to restock the diaper bag with diapers when they are running low or change to the correct size when your baby moves up a size.
2 – Is your child recently potty trained? I always still have the diaper bag for my daughter who is potty trained. I always keep a couple pull-ups for her since she still wears them to bed and I have a folding travel potty seat in the bag as well to make public restrooms much easier on us.
Side note: I also have a folding travel potty seat that I keep in the car at all times. We have been out and had no access to a bathroom and a 3 year old who needed to go potty very bad. Our travel potty locks up tight so you can empty it as soon as possible.
When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I wanted to ditch the shoulder diaper bag and switch to a diaper back pack. That was the best decision I ever made. I had one requirement of this back pack and that was to have an outside pocket for wipes. A quick changing table diaper change or car diaper change and you are not digging through the bag searching for wipes.
3. Changing Pad
Many diaper bags come with a changing pad; both of ours did. I refuse to change my baby on any other surface if we are not home. Changing pads are easy to wipe down and I know that he is laying on a clean surface every time I change him. If your diaper bag did not come with a changing pad, you can pick this Portable Changing Pad from Amazon.
4. Change of Clothes
I always have at least 2 clean outfits for both of my children in the diaper bag at all times. I make sure to rotate them often so I have the correct sizes and for the correct season. My son goes through a few outfits a day, and my daughter needs a new outfit after a sticky popsicle or a bowl of spaghetti.
5. Receiving Blanket
My son nurses every 3-4 hours right now and the best way to keep my clothes free from milk and spit up is to put a receiving blanket under him while he’s nursing. These also make great blankets if it’s cold, so I always pack at least 2. The burp cloths work the same way and help keep the kid’s faces clean. These pretty blankets from Undercover Mama work great to use for all of the above reasons.
6. Thermometer & Acetaminophen
Fever’s happen, especially if you have a baby who is teething. You can’t always get home to take their temperature and give them medicine so having this handy is a life saver. There are many options for thermometers, but for on the go I prefer a Digital Forehead Thermometer, like this one from Amazon.
7. Pacifiers & Pacifier Clips
We were walking around the Renaissance Festival with our daughter a few years back and we realized her pacifier was missing from her stroller. After a couple minutes searching, we realized it was on the ground and in the mud. That pacifier went immediately into the trash. Luckily, we had a spare and we always attach them to pacifier clips whenever we’re out of the house.
8. Bottles & Formula
In my case, I breast feed so I never carry bottles, but for those that bottle feed, make sure to have formula for your little one in case you’re out longer than expected.
It’s always a good idea to have some snacks in the diaper bag for long outings. I keep some mini bags of gold fish, crackers, and cookies in there. I’ve definitely snuck some snacks for myself out of the bag when I was really hungry.
Is your child screaming or bored in the car? Some smaller toys to distract them during the ride is great to have. My daughter loves books and this little toy phone that makes its way to the bottom of the bag. Our son has a few toys attached to his car seat. Some of these toys from Fun.com would work great to distract your child.
Babies can’t use sunscreen, but it’s good to keep a small bottle of sunscreen for your older children and yourself in your diaper bag. Earth Mama Mineral Sunscreen is a great sunscreen for mom and dad from Earth Mama® Organics. If you want a sunscreen that is safe for your little ones, take a look at these three sunscreens: Kids Uber-Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen, Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, and Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40.
Head on over to Earth Mama® Organics, using one of the links above, to see what other organic products they have for you.
12. Disposable Diaper Bags
You can purchase small bags for throwing away dirty diapers. They are similar to doggy bags, but they are specifically designed for diapers. These little bags are scented and work great to hide the dirty diaper smell, especially if you have a long car ride ahead of you and you do not have access to a garbage.
13. Water Bottles
The outside of our diaper bag has a spot for a water bottle. Every time we leave the house, we fill up a Munchkin 360 cup with water and throw it in the outside pocket of the diaper bag. It never fails that our daughter needs water while we’re in the car, so this gives us easy access to her water cup and I know she won’t spill the water all over herself.
14. Travel Safety Kit
These little kits are pretty handy for minor cuts, hang nails, and other things. They can contain nail clippers, nail files, medicine syringe, oral thermometer, and alcohol swabs. I also add to them band aids, triple antibiotic ointment, ear swabs, gauze pads, tissues, and any other items I find necessary. Just make sure to securely seal this kit so your child cannot get into it.
There you have it! You should be ready to leave the house now and feel prepared for anything.
Many of these Baby Registry items are perfect to put in your Diaper Bag..
Did I forget any items that you think should be in the diaper bag?
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