I can’t believe my little one is 2 months old! My husband and I try to get out of the house on the weekends, and having a fully stocked diaper bag ready to go on the fly is an absolute must! So what exactly is in my diaper bag? It’s actually not as much as you might think! I have a supply of items for “just in case”, but the most important items come down to five items: (1) diapers (2) wet wipes (3) diaper balm (4) mini trash bags & (5) hand sanitizer – the diaper changing essentials. If you’re truly in a hurry, just remember all you really need is “dipes & wipes”!
I was a bit picky when it came to scouting out my diaper bag – I didn’t want a bag that looked like a diaper bag (I know, eye roll…). I like this particular bag by Herschel Supply Co because it is lightweight, the fabric repels liquids, it has options for a shoulder strap or top handles, plenty of divided compartments, and it’s unassuming as a diaper bag ;).
Portable Change Pad
The change pad that my diaper bag came with is rather large, so I prefer this smaller option by Logan + Lenora. It folds up compactly and has an easy to use magnetic closure (for when you’re hands are tied up holding a baby!). (Tip: It fits perfectly on the center console of our SUV for quick car changes!)
You’ll want to have about 3-5 diapers in your diaper bag at all times, depending on how long you’re relying on the supply. I subscribe to a bundle diaper and wipes delivery at honest.com – you just set your delivery timing and it gives you a heads up to make any changes before it ships. Whenever I get home from an outing, I always try to remember to replace any diapers I used so that I always have a stocked diaper bag.
Travel Size Diaper Wipes
I like to keep my diaper bag as lightweight as possible, so packing travel size diaper wipes is helpful. If you do the honest.com subscription you can add up to 3 additional items to your diapers and wipes bundle and get 25% off those three items, so I like to get travel size wipes for my diaper bag. You can also find them at Target!
Diaper Balm in Stick Form
This is great for on the go! It’s all natural and perfect for on the fly diaper changes. Other balms you have to put on your hands to apply to your little one’s tush, but this on-the-stick form makes for an easy and clean application. My husband likes it so much he kept taking it out of the diaper bag to use at our home changing table, so I finally had to order a duplicate stick for home.
Mini Trash Bags
Success! You just finished changing your newborn on the go… But oh no, now you’re stuck holding your clean baby with one hand and a dirty diaper with the other. Don’t worry, just pack a roll of mini trash bags (aka doggie bags) for easy cleanup.
Travel Hand Sanitizer
You’ll want to clean your hands after a diaper change, so don’t forget to throw in a travel size hand sanitizer. I like this option by up&up because it has aloe to help soften your hands.
Just in case your little one’s skin (or your skin!) gets dry, you’ll want to have some good lotion made for a baby’s sensitive skin.
I use a quart size Ziploc bag to keep my diaper changing essentials: wipes, balm, mini trash bags, and hand sanitizer – it’s easy to quickly grab a fresh diaper, the change pad, and the Ziploc bag for the on to the go diaper changes. I keep the rest of my smaller items organized in Ziploc bags so that I don’t have a bunch of loose items throughout my diaper bag. I also keep a couple extra empty Ziploc bags incase I have a dirty outfit or something wet I need to transfer back home.
I love this nursing cover because it is made of soft jersey fabric and it doubles as a carseat cover. Before our baby had her vaccinations (and even now) we loved having this cover over her carseat when we took her out in public to shield her away from germs. It also helps soothe her to sleep so that she has less distractions to look at.
Burp Cloths x2
Just like at home, things can get messy after you feed your little one. You’ll want a couple burp cloths to clean up any spit ups on the go. I keep two in my diaper bag in case I pull one out and forget to replace it.
A little something just for mama!
I only have this one pacifier by Hevea and my baby seems to love it. It’s made of 100% natural rubber latex and the ventilation holes are shaped as cute stars and moons. We tried to forgo a pacifier for the first couple weeks with our newborn, but we quickly learned it was a necessary silencer for us while we are out in public. (Tip: Since we only have one pacifier, I try to remember to always wash it when I get home from an outing to keep it clean.)
It seems like there can be so many things to keep track of with your newborn and being able to clip the pacifier in place is helpful. I’m betting it will be even more helpful in the future when my little one can pick things up and throw them. 😉
Babies are tiny poo-ing machines! You can be an all-star diaper changer and yet things will still “slip through the cracks”. You’ll want to have a spare outfit for your little one to change into for the times when she soils her first outfit.
I like for my little one to wear mitts because it prevents her from scratching the delicate skin on her face, and I think it helps keep her hands a tad bit warmer. I love these mitts by Burt’s Bees Baby because they actually stay on her tiny hands.
I love this little hat. We found it at a mobile children’s store in Denver (www.thecircusakidsboutique.com) when I was still pregnant – and now we love it to keep our little one warm.
We use this stroller blanket every time we leave the house to keep our little one warm in the stroller, in her carseat, or when we are holding her wrapped up in our arms. It’s also great to have with us when we take her to the pediatrician and she has to be dressed down to her diaper. I particularly love this quilted option by Burt’s Bees Baby for its soft touch and it has a bit of stretch so you can tightly wrap up your little one.
Solly Baby Wrap
This is a super soft and lightweight baby carrier on the go. If you’re not familiar with Solly Baby Wraps, they are a long stretchy piece of fabric that you strategically wrap around your body to comfortably hold your little one. To be honest, we haven’t quite mastered the tie yet so we’ve only used this a couple times. Once our little one can hold up her head on her own we plan to use this often – I mean how could you not? It’s actually really comfortable to wear and I want to keep my baby girl close to me while I can.
Here is a quick video that we watch to help us properly tie the Solly Wrap:
I hope this Newborn Diaper Bag Essentials list is helpful – please feel free to send me a direct message on Instagram with any questions or comments: @metzlarocca.