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Diaper Bag Essentials

The Essentials: What to Pack in Your Diaper Bag

You’ve finally gotten baby home, and it’s time to prepare for that first adventure outside the house.  While it can be overwhelming, preparation is key to a successful outing.  You will find that over the next couple of years, your diaper bag will be like an extra limb- it will be with you ALL. THE. TIME.  I didn’t even carry a purse anywhere for the first 2 years, because I just threw everything into the diaper bag.  While it will tend to become a catch-all, here are the essentials to start with that you should carry in your diaper bag at all times. (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase through my link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

First, you must decide what kind of diaper bag works best for you, and there are a couple of options:

Now, onto the important stuff!  Keep in mind, there may be things not on this list that you find to be essential.  Every Mommy and Baby are different, and you will learn as you go, what works for you and what isn’t such a big deal. 🙂


The Essentials

Diapers (A LOT)

Pack of wipes

(so much easier than dealing with the travel wipe container)

Changing pad

(most diaper bags have one built in)

Disposable diaper sacks

Diaper ointment

(A&D, Desitin, Boudreaux’s)

Change of clothes for baby and MOMMY



Swaddle blanket

Nursing cover

Bows for girls


Hat and mittens

Bottle or Sippy Cup


(If baby isn’t old enough for snacks, then at least some for Mommy!)

Burp rags (a few)


Boogie wipes

Any necessary medicine

Hand sanitizer


Are there any other items that you feel are a must have??  Every Mom is different, and I’d love to hear what worked best for you!

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