Picture this – you’re out in the middle of nowhere on a road trip. Baby starts crying and needs a diaper change. You pull over at a rest stop, climb in the back seat and unzip your diaper bag only to find out that you’ve forgotten a crucial diaper changing necessity – WIPES. Cue dramatic theme music!
Something I learned very quickly as a new mom was how important a well-stocked diaper bag is. Whether you’re making a quick Target run or going on a long trip, a well-organized diaper bag is essential. Which is why I created this wonderfully useful diaper bag checklist! Save yourself from any unfortunate diaper bag forgetfulness and the drama that goes with it by using this checklist before any trip with baby.
Diaper Bag Essentials:
o Diapers – this should be a no brainer but when your concerned with packing a bunch of things all at once sometimes the most important things are forgotten. Pack one diaper for every 2 hours you’ll be out and about.
o Wipes – the story I mentioned above actually happened to me. Don’t let it happen to you! Always pack wipes.
o Baby Powder – If you’re looking to save space buy a couple travel size baby powders. A little goes a long way.
o Diaper Ointment – diaper rash can sneak up at any moment. Be sure to back a travel sized tube of diaper ointment to prevent a fussy baby with a sore bum.
o Changing Pad – There are so many convenient fold-up changing pads to choose from. Just make sure yours is large enough for the size of your baby. My little girl is tall for her age and some changing pads weren’t large enough for her.
o Burp Cloths and Bibs – When you pack these make sure they are easy to get to. There’s nothing more frustrating then fumbling through your bag to try and find a burp cloth when your baby has spit up everywhere.
o Pacifiers – My little one is not a fan of pacifiers, but I still pack at least one in my diaper bag. Sometimes when nothing seems to calm her down she’ll suck on her pacifier and fall right asleep.
o Bottles and Milk – whether you breastfeed or formula feed, make sure to never leave the house without bottles that are prepped for an easy mealtime.
o Hand Sanitizer – before feeding or changing it’s always nice to know your hands are germ free.
o A Light Blanket – No matter the weather it’s always nice to pack a blanket in case baby needs the extra comfort.
o A Hat – incase it gets chilly or to guard against too much sun.
o Change of Clothes – Depending on how long I plan to be out and about I usually pack at least two outfits for baby. Poop and spit up happen so better to be prepared then to chance it.
o Plastic Grocery Bag or Two – A good way to reuse any plastic grocery bags is to bring a few with you in your diaper bag. They can keep dirty clothes separate from the rest of the items in your bag and have a multitude of other uses.
o Toys and Teethers – An entertained baby is a happy baby. Avoid fussiness by packing a few teethers and your little one’s favorite toys.
o A First Aid Kit with Baby Tylenol - There are a ton of first aid kits available for $10 or less. Mine includes a nasal aspirator so I can avoid a stuffed nose. I also make sure I bring some baby Tylenol since my baby is currently getting her vaccines and fever is always a possibility.
o A clean shirt - I can’t stress how important this is. You can almost bet that before you go to dinner with family (or anywhere in public really) you’ll get covered in spit up. Having a clean shirt is an easy way to ensure you’ll look great no matter what happens.
o A nursing cover – You never know when you’ll be in a circumstance where you don’t feel like you have enough privacy to breastfeed. Bring a nursing cover for an extra layer of comfort.
o A Water Bottle – Stay hydrated mama! Drinking water is always important but especially when you’re breastfeeding. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
o Vaginal Pads and Nursing Pads – vaginal pads are vital if you have recently given birth. Also, always pack extra nursing pads. Personally, I’ve found the washable ones work the best.
o Phone Charger – You never want your phone to die in an emergency.
And that’s it! Those are all my go-to diaper bag essentials. I hope this checklist helps you organize the perfect diaper bag. What are some items you make sure you never leave the house without?