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What to Pack in My Diaper Bag

If you’ve seen Mary Poppins, you will remember the scene where she is emptying her carpet bag. Each item that she pulls out is more exciting and strange than the next. As a child I always wondered how she fit an entire lamp in her bag. Now as a mother I understand. A mother’s diaper bag holds everything she will need in any situation. As a new mother you may be wondering what you will need in your diaper bag. A few weeks ago we discussed what to pack in your hospital bag. Today we have compiled a list of the necessities for your diaper bag.


Let’s start with what type of diaper bag to use. Two of the easiest bags to carry are a messenger bag and a backpack. Whether the bag is all purpose or specifically made as a diaper bag, make sure it is comfortable over your shoulder and has a variety of pockets. I love this backpack diaper bag because it is comfortable, has a ton of pockets, and the print is adorable! Another great bag is this backpack diaper bag because it is sturdy, a good size, and practical for daily use. This messenger diaper bag is perfect for dads or anyone looking for a practical bag that’s good for travel. This diaper bag is more of a standard bag but it has a classy print and many nice features, like hooks to attach the bag to a stroller. All in all, find a diaper bag big enough to fit everything you need and that you feel comfortable wearing.

Now to discuss what will go in the bag. As each new season with your baby approaches, you will change what you carry in your diaper bag. Today we will focus on packing a bag for a newborn. First and foremost, you will need diapers. Pack more than you think you will need and then one more. I love these diapers. They are eco friendly and come in cute designs. You will also need wipes. Merrill loves wipes from Costco. Stock up because you can never have too many wipes. Packing in hand sanitizer, a changing pad, and diaper rash cream is always useful as well. This changing pad is awesome for travel and so handy when changing your baby in a public restroom.

If you are bottle feeding, you will need a prepared bottle of formula or breastmilk. You will also need an extra bottle and extra formula or breastmilk in case you are out longer than you originally planned. If you are breastfeeding, you will need some extra breast pads and a thin blanket or nursing cover, if you choose. We absolutely love the reusable breast pads Bamboobies makes. Whether you are bottle feeding or breastfeeding, things can get messy! You will need some burp cloths. I buy the Gerber prefold diapers and use them as burp cloths.

Packing 2-3 extra outfits for your newborn is always a good idea. You never know what kind of spit up or blow out might happen. You will also need a few plastic bags to throw dirty clothes in or a dirty diaper if you are not near a trash can. Other miscellaneous items you might like to pack are a water bottle and snack for yourself, Chapstick, sunscreen, band aids, hair bands, and anything else you think you will need.

Check out our downloadable list for a summary of everything you will need in your diaper bag. This list is great to print out a keep on your refrigerator or even in your diaper bag. The last place you want to be is in the middle of Target with a baby covered in poop and no extra change of clothes. Trust me all mamas have been there at one point. Just remember to invest in a good sturdy diaper bag and have it packed with the necessities. Your outings with your sweet newborn will be less stressful and more enjoyable!

Check out our printable diaper bag checklist here:
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