This week I decided to share what I have packed in my diaper bag at all times. This seems to be a common question, especially among first-time moms. Just to note, I am a chronic overpacker so you will most likely not need ALL of these items – but I like to be prepared for anything, at all times.
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- Extra shirt/tank
- for WHEN baby spits up on you or has a blowout in your arms. I have just a small tank top that doesn’t take up much room, but I’ve been happy to have it!
- Mom brain is real. You will forget to leave the house without eating one day while you are running late and you will be STARVING! Also, if you are breastfeeding, you will most likely be hungry all the time. I keep a few power bars and other small snacks in the bag for myself.
- Hair ties
- For when Baby is trying to assist in your postpartum hair loss.
- Especially useful right after delivery, but it never hurts to have some on hand for an unexpected visit from Aunt Flow.
- Hand sanitizer, Chapstick, and Lotion
- Baby carrier
- I love my k’tan for travel. It’s very compact, lightweight, and perfect for my diaper bag.
- Purse items
- Extra cash, phone charger, pen/pencils, sunglasses, etc. A lot of times I just leave my purse at home so I don’t have to carry two bags.
- Nursing Pads
- I just pack my disposable ones. My favorites are the Lansinoh brand and I keep at least 10 in the diaper bag at all times. I buy them in bulk here on Amazon.
- Nursing cover
- I love the ones that can double as a car seat cover. This is the one I have from Amazon and it’s perfect. It’s super lightweight for when I’m feeding and stays on the car seat during outings.
- Manual pump
- I love my hakka! You can check out my full review here.
- Empty bottle
- To transfer the milk into or to give your child water (if they are 9+ months). Note: You can give your infant small amounts water after 6 months when constipated or dehydrated but too much water can cause seizures or other major health problems. Your breast milk or formula provides all the hydration they need.
- Nipple cream
- My favorite is the bamboobies brand here on Amazon, but you can also express a little milk and rub it on your nipples to help with healing!
- You can pre measure dry formula or purchase the ready to use formula.
- Make sure to bring enough for your baby’s feeding schedule, and maybe one extra just in case.
- A bottle of water
- To mix with the formula, or if Mom gets thirst!
Note: I keep a small travel bag stocked with diaper specific items. I received a pampers brand bag in one of my welcome boxes. This way, I don’t have to take the whole diaper bag when I go to change baby, and everything is conveniently located together.
- You will need at least one diaper for every 2 hours you plan on being gone, plus a couple extra. I always keep about 8-10 in the current size, and one or two of the next size up. It’s happened more than once where my son moves up a diaper size and I forget to restock the diaper bag. He’s 5 pounds over the weight limit and the diaper barely fits. It gets us home okay, but it wouldn’t be great if we were out for the day.
- I keep 2-3 packs of the travel wipes. I used to keep one large pack until the seal was left open and all of the diapers dried up.
- Plastic diaper bags
- these are like the doggie poop bags (which are significantly cheaper, and work just as well). I found the Munchkin arm and hammer bags on Amazon and these are what I currently use. Some doctors offices or other medical facilities do not allow you to throw your diapers away (which I think is crazy), so you have to tie it up and throw it back in your diaper bag. These also work for soiled clothes until you can get home. You can also use grocery bags, but I find these take up more room and don’t seem to keep the smell contained as well.
- Diaper cream
- Vaseline & gauze pads
- Only needed during the first couple of weeks if you have a son, and he is circumcised.
- Portable changing pad
- My diaper bag came with one, but I would suggest purchasing one if yours didn’t. This is great to go on top of those disgusting bathroom changers, or on any surface while you are out.
- My son’s favorite is the Wubbanub pacis. I have a full review on it here. I keep that in the diaper bag at all times, along with one or two backup pacifiers.
- Pacifier wipes
- I use the doctor brown’s pacifier wipes. These are specifically made to clean anything that goes in Baby’s mouth so pacifiers, toys, bottle nipples, etc. You can find them on Amazon here.
- Pacifier clips
- These hook onto the pacifier with a clip at the end. You can attach it to Baby’s clothes, bib, car seat, etc. These also work for toys or teethers! Check out my review of the Liname ones!
- Teething necklace
- I use mine all the time, even before my son started teething. He loves to play with it while eating, which is a great alternative to him pulling my hair or scratching at my face/chest.
- Short sleeve onesie and a Sleeper
- You never know what the weather will be like on the day you need an extra outfit. I keep a warm weather and a cold weather outfit at all times. You may even want one or two more outfits for an all-day outing.
- Boogie Wipes
- These were recommended to me in the comment section and I’ve already ordered, used, and fallen in love with them. They have aloe in them and are perfect for wiping noses without irritating the skin. Check them out on Amazon here.
- Baby sunscreen
- For babies 6 months or older.
- Baby hat or beanie (hot or cold weather)
- Socks and mittens
- Mittens not only keep their hands warm, but they help prevent Baby from scratching themselves.
- Burp cloths and/or washcloths
- These are great for spit ups, drool, or some moms use them to cover baby boys during diaper changes.
- Swaddle blanket
- This can also double as a nursing cover if needed. I use mine for everything! It covers the car seat when Baby is sleeping or it’s sunny, I use it as a blanket when it’s chilly, as a play mat for tummy time, and I used it as a swaddle when he was younger during naps. My favorites are the Muslin blankets because they are lightweight and huge! Check them out on Amazon here.
- Baby toys
- I keep something soft, something that rattles, and a crinkle book with us at all times.
- Nose bulb
- I keep an extra snot sucker in my bag at all times! If you hate the bulbs, you can check out my review of the Fridababy Nosefrida here.
- Band aids
- For older babies, toddlers, or even Mom. Your newborn shouldn’t need any, but I of course packed some just in case.
- Baby Sunglasses
- I found these ones on Amazon and I love them. We get so many compliments from other moms! I mean, look at how cute my son looks at a wedding we recently went to:
Check out my review of my favorite Diaper Bag here!
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