What To Pack In Your Diaper Bag? Simple Diaper Bag Must Haves

So you’re having a baby and want to know what should be in your diaper bag. Now, if you’re a mom of multiples like me, you may have a pretty good idea. In fact, this list is quite simple, and you may find you already have everything that you need!

But there are just some simple diaper bag must-haves that you….well, must have! These are the most essential baby items to put in your newborn’s diaper bag.

What To Pack In Your Diaper Bag: Diaper Bag Essentials

1. Diapers & Wipes

This one goes without saying, right? This may be the most important diaper bag must-haves on the list! I have definitely forgotten these before, and let me tell you, it is not fun forgetting diapers and wipes. Obviously, these are definitely a must. Our favorite brand of diapers is Costo Kirkland diapers! My kids have never leaked in these, and we have been using them for almost four years!

If you use cloth diapers, I would pack some of those and an extra bag for them to go into!

2. Formula or Breastmilk

No matter how you’re feeding your baby, whether it’s formula, or you’re exclusively breastfeeding and pumping, or maybe you’re doing a mix of both- the baby needs to be fed! There’s nothing worse than your baby having to wait because you forgot it! I’ve been there- and it’s not fun!

If there are slots in the diaper bag, these are the perfect place for the bottles!

3. Burp Rags and Cloths

These are SO needed! These are mostly needed if you have an infant because they really do save clothes sometimes from milk messes! We have a ton, so I try to remember to stick at least one in there! Just one goes a long way.

4. Two Changes of Clothes and a Pair of Socks

Now you could probably get by with one extra pair of clothes, but I say have two just to be sure! We have all been there. You have just changed your baby because of soiled clothes, and then BAM, you need to change them again. But then milk gets spilled, or they pee through their clothes!

It’s always good to have extra!

5. Medicine & Thermometer

This is totally a personal choice (as is this entire list), but I still wanted to mention it because it’s saved me from time to time! There are times when I have needed this, and having both infant Tylenol/Motrin has saved the day!

It is also a great idea to have a thermometer as well! We like the one that scans across the forehead!

6. Water Bottle/Juice

There is something really special when your toddler asks for a drink, and you remembered to bring it! It makes you feel like a super mom. Or maybe it’s just me? It also helps when it’s packed, and we are gone for long periods of time! We don’t take our toddlers all the time for long periods of time, but when we do, it’s always nice to be prepared!

7. Snacks

This one is another one we don’t take every time, depending on how long we’re leaving and where we’re going. But an extra snack, especially at places like the checkout lane or the park, is the magical key to a calm toddler!

We like to take these types of snacks:

  • Animal crackers
  • Raisins
  • Goldfish
  • Fruit snacks

Just to name a few! We like the individual types of snacks for diaper bags. However, if we need to we just put them in a sandwich bag!

8. Toys

This is another thing that helps entertain and keep the peace a little while longer! In the car, at the park, at the bank, wherever you find yourself! It will come in handy!

9. Plastic Bags

I like to keep extra plastic bags in my diaper bag. You never know when it will come in handy. Need to change a diaper but can’t find a garbage can? Need to change your kid’s outfit? Need to keep your child’s rocks “safe”? A plastic bag will come in handy! Just grab a few bags from your groceries and stick them into your diaper bag. You won’t regret it.

Bonus: 10. Pacifier

This is one of those things on the list that’s a personal choice. I know that not every parent uses a pacifier for their baby, and that’s totally okay! Personally, we love pacifiers (up until a certain age!). My husband and I both have spots for them in our cars, so technically, this not only goes in the diaper bag but we also keep one in the car and a few places at home.


Well, there you have it!

I hope you found this list helpful! I’d love to know what you consider your diaper bag must haves! Tell me in the comments what else you pack in yours!

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