Your diaper bag is about to be your best friend for the next few years, but what are the must-have diaper bag essentials for the first few months?
This guide is your diaper bag essentials checklist. Let’s dive in.
Obviously diapers makes the list, since you’ll more than likely be changing diapers when you’re on the go.
You’ll always want to make sure you have plenty of wipes as well.
I like to keep a changing pad I can roll up and throw in my diaper bag. This comes in handy when I’m changing baby in the car or if I have to use a changing table in a public restroom.
I also keep sanitizer wipes or a spray (I prefer natural ones, like Thieves). Using the changing table in restaurants or in the grocery store sort of weirds me out, so even though I’m using my changing pad, I like to wipe it down quickly with a sanitizer spray or wipe.
I learned quickly to always bring some diaper cream with me in my diaper bag, just in case.
Change of Clothes
The ONE time I didn’t bring a change of clothes out with me when my son was a newborn was the day he had an absolute blow-out that soaked his clothes.
I had to wrap him up in a baby blanket in just in diaper for his trip home and I learned to never leave home without a change of clothes for all my kids.
Dirty Diaper Bag
You’ll want to have a wet bag or a plastic bag to throw any dirty diapers in.
Dirty Clothes Bag
It’s also a great idea to have an extra bag for dirty clothes, in case of a blow-out or bad spit up.
I also like to bring hand sanitizer for myself if I’m out and about in the grocery store, so I don’t spread germs to the baby.
Bottle Feeding Supplies
If you are bottle feeding (breastmilk or formula), you’ll want to bring any supplies needed to make a bottle.
There are diaper bags with a separate compartment for keeping bottles cool, which is helpful for breastmilk or pre-made bottles.
If you use a nursing cover, be sure to throw this in your diaper bag as well.
I always keep a few burp cloths in my diaper bag for feeding on the go.
Hat for Baby
You may want to keep an extra hat in your diaper bag, depending on the season. I always kept a spare sunhat in my bag during the summer and a warm, knit hat during the winter.
Sunscreen (Once Baby is Old Enough)
Once baby is old enough to wear sunscreen, keep this in your diaper bag so it’s always with you to protect baby’s delicate skin.
Teether and Toys
Once baby is a bit older and is able to start grasping things, I like to keep teethers or toys in my diaper bag.
These come in handy in the carseat or when you’re out and about to keep them occupied.
I always keep a light blanket with me and I always seem to use it.
Items for Mom
Create a little compartment for all the things you’ll need too, mama.
Grab yourself a bottle of water, wallet, keys, phone and anything you’d really bring in a purse before baby!