Instead of letting other new moms overpack their diaper bag, break their backs and have a bunch of unnecessary things in there and risk forgetting the helpful things to carry in the diaper bag, let’s share the top 12 diaper bag necessities.
So let’s discuss the diaper bag necessities. With our first daughter, I got a beautiful, decent sized diaper bag. It was stylish and could even look like a larger purse. It held a LOT. And a lot of unneeded stuff.
When we got back from vacation, I never switched back to the original, Mommy, stylish bag. Dave’s backpack bag was so much more functional for us.
It definitely isn’t as pretty and stylish like I wanted originally, but, it is perfect for what we need.
Obviously you need diapers. And I have to add this in here because, honestly, I’ve almost left the house without adding extra diapers back in after a busy day the day before.
Pro Mama Tip: Use Amazon Subscribe and Save for diapers and you’ll save some money on them each month (and other family household necessities).
Care to learn more on how we save money on all of our diapers? We are so excited to share those tips with you in another post.
Don’t miss out on the diaper changing tips as well. A necessary read for all caregivers, parents, babysitters, etc.
Silly, but, I have to say this. Read my info for number one.
Can I tell you how many times we have needed wipes for things other than wiping our child? It’s hilarious how much we need them now.
Our diaper bag is super awesome and has an external pocket for wipes so they are at easy access.
So, I can’t tell you how many places I’ve been that don’t have a diaper changing station.
Family restaurants are notorious for NOT having them or if they do- they’re broken. It’s a pain in the butt.
I’ve changed my daughter on the sink vanity before because I’ve walked into a bathroom thinking they’d have something to change her on and BOOM, nothing.
We have had to take her out to the car to change her and I have even changed her in a booth seating area before when a changing station was unavailable or broken.
These times are when it’s extra important to have your portable changing pad with you. Make sure to also have wet wipes and a little pack of Clorox wipes to wipe down the pad after changing and the area.
Most diaper bags come with a portable changing pad now, but check if yours does just in case.
Formula/ Milk/ Food
I keep formula in the travel packs, for us, because we have to keep it chilled- or powder formula if you use that.
If they’re past the formula stage, replace this with food and feeding container/Silverware, etc.
Pro Mama Tip: Have you seen our post on the ways you can save money on formula?
Bottle/ Sippy Cup
Obvious, but you’ve gotta have something to hold formula (if you aren’t breastfeeding), or a drink if they’re older.
You can never go wrong having a spare outfit for your little one and yourself. If you’re trying to keep the diaper bag light, you can just toss the extra spare outfits in the back of the car.
You want to make sure you have clothes for you in case of spit up accidents, breastfeeding leaks, you name it, it will eventually happen and you’ll be happy to have extra clothes to change into.
Same as clothing, never hurts to have an extra bib in the bag.
Doesn’t hurt to have any extra burp cloths in the bag which we love to use for everything else. They’re handy for wiping up spills, playing peek-a-boo and wiping tears away.
We always keep a blanket on Caroline in the car seat, weather appropriate. Sometimes, if we don’t need it immediately, I toss it in the bag or the back of the car.
We always have an extra one of these in the bag, one in the car, one in our bedroom, etc. We have extras all over the place. Nothing like having a screaming kid and no pacifier in sight.
Always good to have a toy, book, rattle, etc on hand for when the times get tough with kiddos.
You can always add anything else that you’d like. We just tried to keep it simple.
Finding the balance between enough, having a few just in case extras and overpacking is definitely a fine line. Use your best judgement and see what you use most in everyday life.
Pro Mama Tip: If you’d like to see what we packed for the hospital bag, check out this POST.
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