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What to Pack in a Diaper Bag

Updated: Jan 20

Everything you need to pack when taking baby on the go!

what to pack in a diaper bag

As a first time mom, I wasn't sure what exactly to keep in my diaper bag, but a well-packed diaper bag is a mom's best friend when out and about with a baby or toddler. It ensures you have everything you need to keep your little one comfortable, clean, and entertained while on the go. In this post, we'll discuss products to pack in a diaper bag, along with helpful tips and tricks that I love. I hope that as you approach your due date, this list of diaper bag essentials helps you feel more prepared to take baby with you on your new adventures together.

What Do I need to Pack in a Diaper Bag? What are Must Haves for a Diaper Bag? Here's the Ultimate Diaper Bag Checklist for Parents:

For a full list of diaper bag recommendations, visit the Best Bags for Diaper Bags post. All of these diaper bag essentials can easily be found on Amazon in the links below.

How to Pack a Diaper Bag for Toddler and Newborn:

Preparing a diaper bag for outings with a toddler and newborn can be a daunting task. However, with careful planning and organization, you can ensure that you have everything you need to keep BOTH of your little ones comfortable and happy while on the go. I'm going to list all of the items to keep you prepared for these new adventures with two little ones. For more helpful tips on managing two kiddos, visit our post: Two Under Two.

  • Choose the Right Diaper Bag: Investing in a spacious and well-designed diaper bag is essential for two kids. Look for a bag with multiple compartments and pockets to help you stay organized. Opt for a bag that is comfortable to carry and made of durable material to withstand daily use. For all of our diaper bag recommendations, visit our post Best Bags for Diaper Bags.

What to Pack in a Diaper Bag for Newborn:

A diaper bag for a newborn baby is going to include everything in the list above: diapers and wipes, changing essentials, clothing and burp products, feeding supplies, comfort items, and a first aid kit, plus a few additional items. For newborn babies, you'll want to include:

  • Comfort Blanket or Lovie: Keep your newborn feeling cozy and secure by taking these items on the go.

  • Beanie or Sun Hat: I like to keep both of these with me, if possible. You never know if it's going to get cool in the evenings, or if the sun might make a surprise appearance during your outing.

  • Soft Newborn Baby Toys: Keeping these in the car for baby to play with is essential.

  • Newborn Baby Clothes: In case of an accident or spill, it's always a good idea to keep a change of clothes or a few onesies with you.

  • Picnic Blanket: Keep one in the car for your baby to lay on in case you go to the park or somewhere similar.

  • Newborn Baby Wrap: You'll definitely want a baby wrap for easily transporting them on the go and keeping baby comfortable and safe close to your chest. Using a baby wrap also keeps your hands free for your toddler.

  • Breastfeeding Essentials: If you're in the early stages of breastfeeding, you may also want nipple cream, nursing pads, silverette nipple covers, and a great nursing cover. For additional postpartum items you may want, visit our post The Third Trimester: Preparing Your Body for Birth.

What to Pack in a Diaper Bag for a Toddler:

Now as you pack for your toddler, consider adding in the following items:

Packing a diaper bag for a toddler and newborn requires thoughtful planning and organization. By considering the essentials for each child and investing in a large diaper bag, you can ensure that you are prepared for any situation while on the go. With a well-packed diaper bag, you can confidently embark on outings with your little ones, knowing that you have everything you need to keep them (and you!) comfortable and happy.

Tips for What to Pack in a Diaper Bag:

  • Keep your diaper bag organized by using compartments or small bags to separate items.

  • Regularly check and restock your diaper bag to ensure you have enough essentials. You should also consider reorganizing your diaper bag every month or so to change out seasonal items, such as including a beanie for your baby in the winter, or a sun hat in the summer. Always consider the weather and pack accordingly, including baby sunscreen for sunny days or an extra layer for colder weather.

  • Opt for travel-sized items whenever possible to save space in your bag.

  • Don't forget to pack your own snacks and a refillable water bottle for yourself, as well as an extra shirt for unexpected spills.

What to Pack in a Diaper Bag for Hospital:

Now, if you're wondering what to pack in a diaper bag for the hospital, visit our Hospital Bag Checklist post. Surprisingly enough, you won't need as many baby-items in your hospital bag because the hospital will provide items like diapers and wipes for you. Your hospital bag will focus on comfort items and necessities for yourself.

It's a great idea to get your diaper bag packed toward the end of your pregnancy, to have it ready to go for when your baby arrives. A well-prepared diaper bag can make outings with your baby or toddler stress-free and enjoyable. By including the essential items mentioned and following the helpful tips and tricks, you'll be ready for any situation that may arise while on the go. Remember, as your child grows, adjust the contents of your diaper bag to meet their changing needs. We've got this moms!

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