Diaper Bag Checklist: What to Pack in a Diaper Bag


Keeping a well stocked diaper bag is important for any mom on the go with a baby or toddler! After child number 3, I’m a pro at diaper bag essentials. I keep my diaper bag stocked with plenty of useful items to have on hand in a moments notice. You never know when you’ll decide to head out for the day and it’s always important to have the following items in your diaper bag at all times.

1. Diapers

Keep about 5-10 diapers handy at all times in your diaper bag. This may be more than you’ll need in one outing, but you never know if you’ll get caught out and about or stay somewhere longer than expected. Don’t forget to pack disposable diaper bags for dirty diapers or soiled clothing. Pack hand sanitizer in case you can’t get to a restroom to wash your hands after changes.

2. Wipes

One package of baby wipes is all you need for diaper changes. Wipes also come in handy for spills, dirty faces, and more!

3. Changing Pad

You never know where you’ll be when you need to change a diaper! While most bathrooms include a changing table, there are many that don’t. Keep a small, portable changing pad handy for changing wet or dirty diapers. These disposable diaper bags are perfect for disposing wet or dirty diapers!

4. Diaper Rash Cream

Keep baby comfortable with diaper rash cream if he/she develops a rash while out and about.

5. Extra Set of Clothes

Let’s face it. Babies and toddlers can get messy. Whether it’s food, dirt, spit up, or blow outs, it’s always a good idea to keep an extra set of clothes in the diaper bag just in case. Don’t forget baby bibs!

6. Pacifiers and Wipes

To calm a fussy baby, keep a pacifier handy. If you happen to drop the pacifier, simply wash the pacifier or pacifier wipes made specifically for pacifiers for easy cleaning. Pacifier clips come in handy, too.

7. Bottles and Formula

Keep plenty of bottles and enough baby formula on hand for feeding times, unless you breastfeed of course. These baby formula containers come in handy during outings! We used one for all three of our babies!

8. Small Toy or Book

If you are waiting in line or at an appointment, etc., keep a small baby toys or board books available to keep baby entertained.

Having these items on hand and well stocked in the diaper bag will help save time and possibly your sanity, too!

What items would you add to this list?



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