When The Twincesses were babies, one time I underestimated how many diapers I would need when going to a friends house, only to run out. My friends house was a 45 minute drive from mine, and the girls both decided to make poo explosion diapers right after I had changed them, and used the last of the diapers. FML. I was left having to use maxi pads from my friend for The Twincesses, and then raced to the nearest store to buy diapers. It was ridiculous and embarassing. I never under-packed diapers again, and after that catastrophe I always kept spare diapers, and a baby items emergency kit in the car at all times!
Packing a diaper bag for baby seems like it would be a pretty simple thing to do in theory, but it really isn’t! If you’re a soon-to-be or newbie mom you’ll likely learn through trial and error what exactly you’ll need, and sometimes you’ll learn the hard way, like I did.
If you’re looking for a little direction and idea of what you’ll need to pack in your diaper bag, look no further, I gotcha, mama!
Diaper Bag Essentials
Hand Sanitizer: I use it not only when there’s no washroom around in a diaper changing situation, but also to sanitize shopping carts and tables.
Diaper rash cream: While it’s not always necessary this is one of those “better to be safe than sorry” items. You’d much rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Baby wipes: For all those diaper changes, but also for sticky/dirty hands and other messes. The Twincesses are 4 and we still buy baby wipes, and use them for when we’re out and about, especially at restaurants.
Change Pad: Because changing diapers on tables, the ground, or on other dirty public surfaces is nasty and full of germs.
Diapers: More than you think. At least one for every hour you’ll be out, and then a few extra’s. I even kept spare diapers in the car at all times, as well as at my sisters and in-laws homes, just in case of emergencies.
Plastic bags: Totally necessary for soiled clothing and also if there’s no garbage can around when you have to change a diaper.
Spare outfit: For when those super fun diaper explosions and messy eating situations happen.
Band-aids + mini first aid kit:
Food and drinks for toddler: Because a hangry toddler is a nightmare.
Bib and/or burping cloth: For feeding time, if you wan’t to avoid a mess and outfit change.
Blanket: Can be used in the cold, to block wind and/or sun, as a change pad, for tummy time…etc
Nursing Cover: If you nurse and feel more comfortable using one to nurse baby in public.
Kleenex: No explanation needed. It’s always handy.
Pacifier: For soothing baby when needed.
Small toys and books: To distract and entertain.
Coloring books and crayons: A must-have when dining out with toddlers and small children.
As your baby grows older some of these items won’t be needed anymore, but a diaper bag is still super handy to continue using. I still use the Twincesses diaper bag to this day whenever we go out, because even though we don’t need the baby items anymore, I still like to be prepared and always have wipes, spare clothing, toys, coloring books and snacks just in case!
What else did you, or would you include in your diaper bag? Let me know in the comments!