Packing a diaper bag can be a bit of a daunting thing! And I know from experience that it can be way to easy to fall into the booby-trap of packing everything in sight …. for fear of being caught away from home without the essentials!
What goes in a diaper bag can be a very personal thing! I have learnt over the years to reduce my diaper bag content size down to mostly just the essentials. Somehow it just seems easier to find what you want when you don’t have to get lost in the mountain of supplies! So if you are wondering what to pack in your nappy bag, fear not because we have you covered! Below is my personal list of what’s in my diaper bag! And don’t forget to download and print out that baby bag checklist below!
Downloadable Baby Bag Checklist
If you are one of those mums that like to have things printed out and handy when you are packing your bag, you might like to click on this Baby Backpack Diaper Bag Checklist that we created for you.
So What’s in my Diaper Bag? Well I’m Glad you Asked!
Diaper Bag Essentials
We consider all of these items below as true diaper bag essentials! You cannot possibly attempt to venture out into the world without them!
Take at least one for every few hours – I also like to leave diapers in my car, and in the bottom of the pram as well, just in case!
- Baby Wipes
Again I like to have several of those refillable boxes of wipes around various locations, they are essential for so many different situations.
- Diaper Cream
Try to find a small pod of diaper cream that can live in your bag. I just refill my little pod from the big jar I have at home, which works out cheaper.
- Burp Cloths
I love using the old-school reusable cloth nappies as my burp cloths, cheap and super absorbent too!
- Disposable Diaper Bags
Again an essential, so handy to chuck all your dirty nappies in to, but I also find them handy for popping dirty or soiled clothes into as well. These are a great buy if you are after the disposable kind.
- Changing Pad
I love having a changing pad in my bag, so much so that I recommend you invest in a great changing station, one of my favourites is this Skip Hop Duo Portable Changing Stations. I use the changing pad no matter where I change my baby!
- Spare Clothes for Baby
At least 2 sets of spare clothes is probably the save way to go. I have even on occasion used up both my spare sets, fortunately there is almost always a shop that sells baby clothes close by!
- Pacifier (if your child uses one)
And a truly great accessory if your diaper bag doesn’t have an allocated pacifier pocket is this JJ Cole Pacifier Pods (Aren’t they bloody handy!)
You can use it to cover your baby or as a changing pad, nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth. When it is summer, I’m a huge fan of the Muslim wraps, they are so handy and don’t take up much space at all!
This is our all time favourite brand here.
- A good Sun Hat
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toys for comfort and distraction
- A shirt for you
Because whether you want to admit it or not, at some stage you will have boob leakage (if you are breastfeeding), or you will have baby spit-up all over you or even possibly some drips from that baby poop-explosion!
- Nursing Cover (If you breastfeed)
When baby is little you can get away with just using a muslin wrap or blanket to cover up whilst breastfeeding. However as bubby grows and gets more handy with their hands, there is no way that that blanket will stay put. An incredible handy invention is the Nursing Covers and they become almost an essential item! We truly love the style, design and functionality of the Udder Covers.
Other Items that are Age Dependent that you might like to Pack
You will also need various other items depending on what age your child is at, these items will include things such as:
- A bib or two
- Bottle(s) of formula or expressed breast milk
- Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice
- Jar of baby food and a spoon.
- Teething gel or rings
Extra Suggestions of What to pack in a Nappy Bag
The following goodies are truly handy to pack if you happen to have the space, but they are by no means ESSENTIAL.
These wet bags are the bestsellers on Amazon. They come in various different designs, colours and patterns. Truly handy for popping any item inside that happens to be wet.
Insulated Bottle Bag
These are super handy if your diaper bags don’t have insulated pockets! We are especially fond of the Skip Hop Duo Double Storage Bag as it also comes with stroller straps WHOOOP!!
And there you have it! Add in your own personal items that you can’t live without and you are ready for the big wide world outside! Have fun packing and do make sure you check back over your bag once in a while to restock and refresh your supplies!