I used to love my diaper bags when my kids were babies, it was ridiculous. For my first born I had one trusty and very durable diaper bag, you could have literally fit a T.V in there. It had so much space and I loved it. For my twins, I had two diaper bags and no not one for each twin (I’m not that crazy) but I did have two because I received it as baby shower gifts and I wasn’t complaining either. I love a good diaper bag that has enough space for all of baby’s essentials and do not leave me asking for more, you know?
Diaper bags are so convenient because you can carry all of your baby’s necessities in there and you can also carry some of yours too. I would only travel with my baby’s diaper bag whenever I would go out with them, my handbag would stay at home. You do not need to have extra things when you could easily fit your things in your diaper bag as well. The key is to not over pack with things that you do not need but instead pack it with the important essentials that your baby needs.
Now a days, diaper bags are more chic and prettier than before and prices range from inexpensive to expensive ones. It all depends on your taste and your wallet, right? There are so many options that you can choose from. There’s a diaper bag style for every mom and baby. Today I’m sharing with you the diaper bag essentials that you should have at all times.
I hope you can find this guide of what to really pack in your diaper bag helpful and useful. I had three babies and I’m pretty much an expert on what to really pack in a diaper bag . So let’s start and don’t forget to pin and save the infographic down below!
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Helpful guide on what to really pack in your diaper bag
Diapers & wipes
You need diapers and wipes for obvious reasons, but I will suggest packing a few extras just incase. When my kids were babies I tried to keep a few extra diapers and wipes in the bag because sometimes you may forget to pack them. It can happen when you’re running all over the place trying to pack the perfect diaper bag and then forget the second most important item, the DIAPERS! It happened to me when I was traveling to my birth country and so I had to buy diapers in the airport!
Wipes are a no brainer because you need wipes to wipe your baby’s bottoms but since wipes are so versatile, it’s always great to have a few extras in hand. You can wipe your baby’s face or clean any mess in your car!
Baby bottles and milk
You know what I used to do? I used to fill my babies bottle of water (measured) that way when it was time to feed, I would just pour their formula in, mix and that’s it! Small hacks like this one can save you time and your baby will not be crying for long. This also works with breastmilk, just have it in your baby’s bottle ready to drink.
Since babies get dirty very quickly, an extra pack of clothing doesn’t hurt. I love having onesies as back up because you can dress it up with anything and it will still look cute. Onesies are a must in every mom’s diaper bags. Of course you can have other type of clothing but make sure you have at least one onesie in your diaper bag.
Burping cloths are super important because it keeps you from getting dirty when you’re burping your baby, specially since babies sometimes spit a lot.. I also like the fact that your baby will have a clean and soft surface to lay his/her head on, you know? I would use the burping cloths as bibs when I was too lazy to get up and get bibs or when all of my babies bibs were dirty, haha! It worked just as good.
Aren’t these bibs so adorable? I bought the same ones for my first born and then for my twins. They are super affordable and colorful and of course very handy. Bibs are great for keeping baby from getting dirty while her or she drinks their milk, water or juice. Also, if your baby is already eating baby food and snacks, this also keeps them from getting messy and dirty.
I love blankets! I specially loved having my babies cuddled up in cute ones with animals on them, like this one! Blankets are great for keeping your baby warm, comfortable and it also can be versatile. Every time my hubby and I would go to a restaurant or any public place in general, I would place one of my baby’s blanket on top of the changing table. That way, their bums wouldn’t touch the filthy changing table that public bathrooms have. I would carry extra blankets and assigned one just for that. If you don’t have extra blankets, just clean the public changing table with wipes!
Diaper rash creams and baby lotion
I had to have diaper rash cream in my diaper bag because my babies would sometimes get a rash and I always wanted to be prepared. I didn’t want my babies to be uncomfortable or crying and then I wouldn’t have anything to comfort the irritated area. I would buy the small tubes and leave it in my diaper bag.
Baby lotion is also good to keep your baby’s skin hydrated and soft. Having baby lotion is not a necessity but I used to have it in my diaper bag for my kids and for me (haha!). Sometimes your baby may vomit or spit up milk and so having lotion around is helpful in having your baby smelling good afterwards. My favorite was this one.
Snacks & baby food
If your baby is already eating solids and snacks, then you should definitely pack a few snacks in your diaper bag. I used to love giving my kids the Gerber puffs, my kids loved it so much when they were babies. I bet if I buy them again, they would still love it. It’s the perfect on the go snack and it keeps baby busy for a couple of minutes. What I like about these cereal puffs is that it melts in your baby’s mouth which is great because it avoids any choking hazard.
Small and fun toys should always be in your diaper bag because it keeps your baby busy, happy and calm. You can also have teething toys that helps soothe your baby’s gums. Like the one below, I bought the same ones when my kids were babies and they enjoyed playing and massaging their gums with it.
Extra: You may also pack hand sanitizer to make sure your baby doesn’t get sick and for you to clean your hands with as well.
I really hope you found this guide helpful in knowing what to really pack in your diaper bag. Do you have more things to add to the list?