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Diaper Bag Essentials, What You Really Need

by | November 9, 2018

For the next two to three years you’re not going to be able to leave the house without a diaper bag. It’s best to be prepared and have everything you’ll need for baby.There’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve forgotten the diaper bage when sweet little cherub has pooped all up their back. What do you actually need in there? Here’s a handy checklist of the nessecities.

Diaper Bag Essentials


You can buy a small travel pack or you can throw a few in a ziplock bag if you’re not going out for long.


Hand Sanitizer

For cleaning your hands after diaper changes when there’s no time or place to wash them, having this handy travel size in your diaper bag will keep your feeling more human and clean. 

Changing Pad

Many a diaper bag comes with a reusable changing pad, or you can buy one separately. Some parents like the disposable ones for traveling. You’re going to want something in there, even a small towel from home will do, as some public changing areas are nasty.

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Biodegradable Bags

For storing soiled diapers, clothes, and baby blankets.

Bottle(s) of formula or expressed breast milk if you’re bottle-feeding

Snacks for older babies, toddlers and yourself. Nobody needs to get “hangry” on an outing.

Organic Cotton Baby Bibs.

Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for toddlers)

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Organic Baby Blankets
To keep everyone snuggly and warm during the colder months

Extra clothes for your child

You never know when spit-up, drool, spills, or car-seat up the back poop explosions will happen. Also not a bad idea to throw in an extra top for yourself in case you get peed, puked, or pooped on, or your boobs decide to leak right through your breast pads.

Pacifier (if your child uses one) or other comfort items.

Sometimes, a pacifier is the difference between losing your mind, or having a few extra mins peace. 

Sunscreen or a hat to protect your child from the sun

Depending on the age of your little one and if they can wear suncream, a hat is always a good idea! 

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Emergency information

Make sure you have the phone numbers of your family’s doctors programmed in your cell phone and health insurance cards in your wallet. You may also want to fill out this emergency contacts worksheet and take a copy with you.

Some Extras

Diaper rash cream
Nail clippers
Breast pads for nursing moms
Sling or wrap for carrying your baby
Travel size first-aid kit

Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]


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