- 1 Swaddle Blanket
- 2 Multi-Purpose Ointment
- 3 Hand Sanitizer
- 4 Burp Clothes
- 5 Baby Wipes
- 6 Portable Bags
- 7 Extra Diapers
- 8 Pacifier
- 9 Changing Station
- 10 Silicone Placemat
- 11 Portable Charger
- 12 Activity Toy
- 13 First Aid Kit
- 14 Portable Food Scissors
- 15 Spill-Proof Cup
- 16 Personalized Water Bottle
The Ultimate Diaper Bag Checklist: Everything You Need for a Well-Stocked Diaper Bag
Ask any parent: a kitted-out diaper bag is a thing of beauty. It's what allows you and your babe to head out the door, ready for any and everything. In addition to the must-haves and good-to-brings below, you might want to throw in a change of clothes (or two) for your child. Murphy’s Law of Parenting states that if the dreaded blowout happens while you’re away from home, it'll almost certainly happen again. You could even toss in an extra shirt for yourself, since another Irrefutable Parenting Law decrees that your little one "share" her meal with you. And one final pro tip: restock your diaper bag as soon as you get home, so you won’t be scrambling or empty-handed when you’re out and about.
Diaper Bag Essentials
Filed under "duh"—make sure your hands are clean before interacting with your wee babe. And yet: many hand sanitizers have a heavy or cloying scent that takes ages to dissipate. Not so with this fragrance-free sanitizer by Babyganics, which dries quickly (without drying out your hands) and without odor.
You know your tiny baby is capable of producing an astounding array of messes, so you’ll always want to have a few burp cloths around. The patterns on this set of five by Burt’s Bees Baby are super cute and busy enough to hide stubborn stains.
Presenting a sophisticated—and scented—solution for what to do with dirty diapers or other soiled baby gear. This bag-and-dispenser kit comes with two bag dispensers plus six rolls of fresh-smelling recycled plastic bags. Take out a bag, stuff in the mess, and tie it up—if it's a diaper, toss it when you get a chance. If it's dirty clothes, a post-pool swimsuit, or something else you'll want to keep, the bag will prevent the smell, mess, or wetness from infiltrating your bag.
A diaper bag without diapers is like macaroni without cheese—theoretically possible, sure, but kinda weird. Our pick for best diapers is Pampers Pure, which are free of bleach, dyes, fragrances, and other things you probably don't want touching your baby's soft, sweet skin. A good rule to follow is one diaper for every hour you’ll be out.
Buy these BAPA-free bad boys by the dozen, then stash them anywhere and everywhere, including multiple places in your diaper bag. Philips Avent Soothie's have a little hole that's perfectly sized for your finger, so you can keep baby quietly sucking for longer.
Diaper Bag Extras
In a pinch, of course, you can wipe down a table or counter with a baby wipe. But bringing along a rubber placemat—we like this waterproof roll-up placemat available at bright colors—means you don’t ever have to wonder if you’ve really cleaned off the remnants of the last eater’s meal.
Good for kids up to 18 months, this interactive caterpillar boasts a range of things to touch, pull, push, shake, crinkle, rub, and operate. In other words, it’s an ideal toy to shove into your diaper bag for long waits.
Portable Food Scissors
Your kid will get a kick out of watching you snip his or her food into tiny pieces (and/or cute shapes!) with these colorful scissors. Along with being fun to use, they’re much more precise than the regular old fork-and-knife technique, which so often leads to shredding and scraps.
Our Favorite Diaper Bags
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