Your Diaper Bag Checklist
This is really a situation where what’s on the inside counts. So, here are the essential things that every parent needs to pack:
✓ Diapers and Wipes
As a rule of thumb, you should plan to have 1-2 diapers for every hour you’ll be out. So, using that guide, stock your bag with your most-trusted, anti-blowout allies. You always need wipes — from cleaning up the aforementioned blowout to wiping whatever gunk ends up on baby’s face. Keep a travel-friendly pack in the diaper bag, always.
✓ Change of Clothes for Baby
There will come a time when that unexpected (yet totally expected) blow out happens. It will inevitably be at the worst possible time like on a 4 hour flight, when when you’re both wearing all white or baby’s first time down the playground slide. That’s when a change of clothes, maybe even two, will save your day.
✓ Burp Cloths
For everything from spit up to boogers, burp cloths will be one of the items you reach for most in your diaper bag. Why not just use a towel or napkin? Well, burp clothes are made to be softer on baby’s little face.
✓ Portable Changing Pad
Aside from the fact that the changing table in a public bathroom is probably not a place you want to put your baby’s bare bum, a lot of restrooms don’t even have a changing table. A portable changing pad is going to save you from having to take off your shirt and use that instead.
Major hint: look for a diaper bag that comes with a removable changing pad.
✓ Hand Sanitizer
For messy moments and germy places, it’s always great to have for both you and baby. Our recommendation for on-the-go ease is to choose a hand sanitizer spray.
✓ Biodegradable Bags
If you’re ever caught on diaper duty without a trash can near by, you’ll need baggy to contain those dirty diapers and wipes.
Bonus points: buy eco-friendly bags
✓ Diaper Rash Cream
Diaper rash doesn’t wait until you get home to strike. Make sure you can help soothe baby right away.
The Best Kind of Diaper Bag
Since you’ll have this bag on you pretty much all the time, we love a stylish diaper bag. Black faux leather? Yes. Gold hardware? Yes. All the pockets? Absolutely. Bonus points if you can find a diaper bag that works for dad, too. Since unpacking and repacking to switch bags is a major hassle.