Checklist：What to put in our diaper bag
When it comes to new babies there can be a lot of unfamiliar territories: learning how to properly swaddle, keeping track of how many wet diapers baby has had, and what do you REALLY need to pack in your diaper bag?! A well-stocked diaper bag can save the day. But what do you really need in there? It depends on how old your child is, how long you'll be out, where you're going, and how prepared you like to be. To see a list of the basics and some new ideas, check out our printable diaper bag checklist.
A diaper bag is more than just a bag — it’s freedom, convenience and peace of mind all rolled into one.
Keeping your diaper bag stocked and ready to go at all times means you don’t have to worry about whether you have everything you need to have a (hopefully) stress-free time out with baby.
When deciding what to pack in your diaper bag, think of possible scenarios you'll encounter (or problems you'll need to solve) and work backwards from there. Of course, you’ll need diapers and wipes, but what about an extra onesie? Earphones so you can entertain yourself while baby takes a much-needed stroller nap? Snacks for grown ups and kids alike in case you get stuck in traffic? We’ve got all bases covered with our diaper bag essentials.
You know you need diapers (hence the name of the bag), but don’t forget about other diapering products like wipes and diaper rash cream. Since accidents happen, back-ups (of diapers, wipes, baby clothes) are smart to pack, too. Also important: Nourishment for parents! Packing more snacks than you think you’ll need is never a bad idea.
Below, check out our full list of exactly what to pack in your diaper bag.
One for each hour you'll be out, plus a few extra – just in case.
You can stick ten or so in a plastic bag if you're not going out for long. Wipes are perfect not just for diaper changes, but also for sticky hands and dirty surfaces.
For cleaning your hands after diaper changes when there's no time or place to wash them.
Many diaper bags come with a reusable changing pad, or you can buy one separately. Some parents like the disposable ones for traveling. A hand towel from home will also do.
If you bring the changing pad, you will have to bring the changing pad cover.Because you may not be able to dispose of the things you leave on the changing pad when you're out.A changing pad cover is a good choice.When you change a baby's diaper, you can always change it with the help of a changing pad cover.You'd better have a waterproof changing pad cover, because you can wipe it directly.
Plastic or biodegradable bags
For storing soiled diapers, clothes, and baby blankets. Just make sure your child can't get to them, since plastic bags (including the biodegradable versions) pose a suffocation risk.
Bottle(s) of formula or expressed breast milk if you're bottle-feeding
Snacks (for older babies and toddlers)
Depending on the age of your child, this could include a jar of baby food and a spoon, or finger foods. Bring a few bibs as well.
Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for toddlers)
You can use it to cover your baby or as a changing pad, nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth.
Extra clothes for your child
You never know when spit-up, drool, spills, or poop explosions will necessitate a change of clothing.
Pacifier (if your child uses one) or other comfort item
Sunscreen or a hat to protect your child from the sun
Make sure you have the phone numbers of your family's doctors programmed in your cell phone and health insurance cards in your wallet. You may also want to fill out this emergency contacts worksheet and take a copy with you.