When I became a mom at first, like many new moms, I had NO idea what I was doing. There was so much I didn’t know, and when you ask for advice, you will get different answers everywhere! What to carry in your diaper bag is no different. After some trial and error, and research, I’ve come up with a list of some of the stuff that I’ve found helpful to haul around in the good ol’ diaper bag. I don’t like to be loaded down, but I do like to be prepared!
#1 and #2 : Diapers and wipes. (Obviously.) I like to keep about 5 diapers inside, and a package of wipes. When it gets low, I put a fresh pack behind it so if I get a messy diaper, I’ll have plenty of back up.
#3 Plastic bag: If there is a mess, assuming you’re going to wash and not throw away your wet/dirty clothes, you will need a place to put them. And you will not want the smell/mess to got on anything else in the bag, so throw an old plastic bag in the diaper bag!
#4 Change of clothes: When an accident happens and you throw the dirty clothes in your plastic bag, you will need something new to clothe your little one in! Be sure to keep an eye on what size you have inside. If you don’t need the change for a few months, they may have grown into a new size!
#5 Changing mat: these are especially helpful for less clean places where you don’t feel as comfortable laying baby down right on the changing table. Because, let’s face it, no where EVER has those disposable ones in stock in the bathroom. Also, if you’re somewhere without a table and relegated to a floor change, you will want a barrier between them and the ground! Find a great one here.
#6 Snacks: Little bags of cheerios, animal crackers, or goldfish can be lifesavers at a restaurant that takes a while, or anywhere baby gets fidgety!
#7 Books/Toys: Distraction purposes. When they’re really little, this one won’t be as important, but as they grow you will undoubtedly at some point need something to keep them occupied. Be prepared to avoid baby meltdowns!
#8 Nail Clippers: Some kids are better about this than others, but when my son has a hangnail it drives him crazy! Rather than bite it off and risk his nail turning into a razor-sharp weapon, I just throw a pair in the diaper bag and keep them there! Find a two pack for a great deal here.
#9 Diaper rash cream: Some people are in the camp that uses diaper rash cream at every diaper change for preventative measures. Those will have it with them at all times! I am not in that camp, but will use it in the event that a rash breaks out, and you can’t always know when it will be. It doesn’t take up much room, I say carry some with you and be prepared!
#10 Pain/Fever Reliever: This is one for convenience, so you get use it as needed, rather than waiting to make it home. Sometimes a fever or accident can surprise you, but you can be ready for anything if you have a small bottle in the pocket of your bag.
#11 Tweezers: Hasn’t happened often, but in case of a splinter or sting, you can use these to pull out the affliction right away, rather than having to wait to make it home.
#12 Band-aids: Just in case you a boo boo happens, keep a couple in there.
Now for the bag itself. Something with lots of pockets/storage is going to be super helpful in keeping you organized. I love this one: Fisher Price Fastfinder Deluxe Messenger Bag. It’s gender neutral, so either of us can wear it. It gives you tons of pockets (with identifying tags!), a wipes container, and an insulated pocket for a bottle! There are lots of great options, but this was our absolute favorite.
What else do you keep in your diaper bag?