Must-Have Items For Your Diaper Bag

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Must-Have Items For Your Diaper Bag

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While a diaper bag essentially serves one main purpose for all of us, it functions differently from family to family.  For some, it might more of a purse/diaper bag, and for others, it is more just for baby stuff.  In one family, the father might carry around the diaper bag just as often if not more often than the mother, making the style of the diaper bag potentially quite different than for the family where just mom carries it around (some people even get two or three bags so they can go his/hers!). Some people might want space to haul everything, down to the kitchen sink, while others are going for more minimalist and the the bare necessities.


What are the must-haves?

Diaper Bag Checklist

What are the basic musts to have in your diaper bag? You need space for:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Changing pad
  • Extra outfit (you never know when a leak is coming)
  • Feeding needs (bottles, formula, nursing cover, nursing pads…what do you need?)

What are the good-to-haves?

Once you have your musts, you might consider these items to help improve the baby experience:

  • Burp cloth (for some babies, this might be a must rather than a good)
  • Diaper sacks (good to be kind to those coming behind you)
  • Diaper rash cream (some babies are more prone to rashes, so you might find this a must)
  • Lansinoh or other nursing ointment or cream

What are the maybe-haves?

Not all of these items will be things you find of value, but they are wroth considering.

  • Hand sanitizer (there is debate on the effectiveness of this. Hand-washing is best, and I have to wonder if a wet-wipe is preferable to sanitzer)
  • Baby toys (for older babies, this moves up in the priority list)
  • Ziploc bags (for putting soiled clothes in, but you could use your diaper sacks if you have those)
  • Snacks (for you, and for older babies)
  • Nail clippers (you never know when that is needed)
  • Medicine (ibuprofen, tylenol, gas drops, teething relief…)
  • Bulb syringe
  • Jacket/hat/
  • Lotion, shampoo, toiletries
  • Mama things (for many, the diaper bag doubles as a purse, so you might have your chap stick, sunglasses, hygiene items, your own medicine, wallet, etc)
  • Pacifier (even if your baby doesn’t usually use one, sometimes it is handy when you are away from home)


Needs can fluctuate over time and even circumstance. Your must-haves will be different for a road trip than they would be to the park down the street. If you feel concnered about keeping everything in the bag easily accessible and organized, I love this idea on how to organize your diaper bag.


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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Angela Glorioso
    December 23, 2016 / 2:43 PM

    Burp cloths, plural, were a must for me!

  2. lwicks
    December 23, 2016 / 2:51 PM

    I always brought my nursing cover in my diaper bag. For a while as my kids were a bit older and potty trained, extra undies were a must as well!

  3. Miss Mazariegos
    December 23, 2016 / 2:58 PM

    Here's 5 things I keep in my diaper bag that are a MUST (besides diapers/wipes): Neatcheeks face wipes (they are flavored & my littles love it), 2 changes of clothes (my kids always have blowouts in public haha!), lots of bags of snacks, scented diaper trash bags, & mommys bliss gripe water!

  4. Grace
    December 23, 2016 / 3:04 PM

    Diapers, wipes, a bib and a change of clothes are the must haves. Everything else is gravy.

  5. Jill
    December 23, 2016 / 3:12 PM

    Awesome giveaway, thank you and Merry Christmas

  6. Art with Ms. Vos
    December 23, 2016 / 3:27 PM

    My diaper bag must-have not listed is the baby hand and face wipes to remove germs safely while out!

  7. Aubrey
    December 23, 2016 / 3:30 PM

    Our must-have for the diaper bag is always Boudreaux's butt paste! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Jane Long
    December 23, 2016 / 4:38 PM

    Only the essentials for me!

  9. Mami2jcn
    December 23, 2016 / 10:10 PM

    This is an odd item but I carry straws in my diaper bag. My baby is 1 and she loves to play with straws.

  10. Ninja Girl
    December 23, 2016 / 11:44 PM

    Top 5 items for a diaper bag:DiapersWipesOintmentBottleTissueThanks for the giveaway!

  11. Dawn Sheick
    December 24, 2016 / 12:59 PM

    I pretty much put all of the items listed in my bag. I like to be prepared for anything and hate when I don't have something I want/need. I have found the plastic bags are really handy at church with my twin 20 month olds and 4 year old. I use it for trash from snacks/tissues so I don't end up shoving those in my bags or purse and I can just throw it all out together as I leave the chapel.

  12. Sarah
    December 24, 2016 / 1:24 PM

    I also like to be prepared, so pretty much everything from above is in our bag. Top 5: diapers, wipes, nursing cover, burp cloth, pacifier. I also keep extra panties for the older one, and a small coloring book/crayons just in case we end up somewhere waiting.

  13. Sarah Hayes
    December 24, 2016 / 10:09 PM

    my top 5, diapers, wipes, snacks, toys and lotion!

  14. Nicole
    December 26, 2016 / 1:24 AM

    My top 5: diapers, wipes, extra outfit, diaper cream and pacifier 🙂

  15. Jessica Naca
    December 26, 2016 / 11:19 PM

    My top five must-haves are Diapers, wipes, change of clothes, Bottles/Feeding, and a toy! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. Jennifer
    December 27, 2016 / 9:47 PM

    I always keep some food for baby in my bag. When they are little it may just be some formula, even though I'm breastfeeding. Then when a little older, crackers, cereal, or a squeezer of baby food. I'm not big on snacking, but you never know when you're going to be out longer than expected and a hungry baby is not a happy baby!

  17. Unknown
    December 28, 2016 / 1:47 AM

    Extra formula/powder is a must for us with twins. I can't breastfeed both in public simultaneously, so it's great to have some on hand. Hope I win!

  18. phannie
    December 28, 2016 / 1:51 AM

    Extra formula/powder is a must for us with twins. I can't breastfeed both in public simultaneously, so it's great to have some on hand. Hope I win!

  19. Melanie E
    January 2, 2017 / 5:26 AM

    Diapers & wipes are a given, and I completely agree with your pacifier recommendation, but make it at least two in case one drops when you can't wash it right away. In the early nursing days, I had to keep extra nursing pads and a shirt for myself between the milk and spit up! 😉

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