Diaper bag checklist


A well-equipped diaper bag can be the difference between a pleasant outing and a potentially disastrous one. As a general rule of thumb – it is best to be over prepared. You can never predict what is going to happen or how equipped the space is that you find yourself in. Trying to remember everything can be challenging. You often find gaps in your packing at the most inopportune time (when things have gone sideways). To help in this process, here is a list of “must haves” and some “nice haves” compiled by experienced moms who have learned from a few disastrous experiences of their own! This list will vary according to weather as well as the age of your child.

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Must Haves

  • Diapers – for new babies, pack at least one for every hour you plan to be away plus a couple extra
  • Wipes – if you don’t have a reusable package (highly recommended), throw some into a Ziploc bag
  • Wet bag (or large Ziploc bag if you are careful to keep to away from children) for holding dirty diapers or wet/soiled clothing
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Diaper cream – we love Weleda Calendula Baby Rash Cream
  • A folding change pad or blanket (many diaper change travel kits come with wipes case)
  • Change of clothes for child - for a baby consider a onesie or a sleeper and for older children a shirt/bottoms
  • Change of clothes for you - a shirt is ideal but at the very least a scarf to cover up any mishaps
  • Bib
  • Tissues
  • Receiving blankets
  • Soother/teething toys
  • Baby food/healthy snacks  (spoon, bowl, bag for empty dirty dishes, snack trap for finger foods)
  • Sippy Cup (if applicable)
  • Food and drink for you - you will be better for it! For quick energy, try Quest Coconut Cashew Bars 
  • Required medication
  • Wallet (keep a handful of change in your bag at all times)
  • Phone
  • Keys

Bottle fed babies 

Breast fed babies

Nice Haves

  • Insulated bottle tote/heater
  • Pacifier holder you can clip onto stroller
  • Stain eraser or tide on the go
  • Face clothes
  • Nail clippers/file
  • Lip balm/gloss
  • Hair ties
  • Sling if your little one gets fussy and wants out of stroller
  • Disposable changing sheet (one less thing for you to wash) 
  • Grocery cart cover
  • Bag for scrapes and cuts (Band-Aids/ointment)
  • Cell phone charger
  • Toys (that are in one piece and not too small)
  • Books (a great idea especially the interactive kind)

Weather dependent

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Mitts

Once you are home and have a moment to breathe, replace items used so your bag is set and ready to go for the next outing!

Great tip: Keep a backup supply of diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, socks, water and non-perishable snacks (like trail mix) in your vehicle. This has saved me more than once!

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