Diaper Bag Essentials – What Every Mom Needs To Carry

A tote, satchel or clutch may be your handbag of choice now, but once your baby arrives those fashionable beauties will be tossed aside in favor of the mini van of handbags – the diaper bag. If packed correctly, your diaper bag will rival Mary Poppins’ carpetbag, due to its contents ability to fill an empty belly, soothe a fussy baby to sleep, and treat ailments of any size.

Selecting the right diaper bag is important, so keep the following in mind when registering or shopping for your go-to bag:

  • It must have enough space to hold all essential items
  • It should be compartmentalized so that feeding supplies can be kept separate from medicines and skincare products
  • It should require no more than a simple wipe down to clean and
  • It should be made of flexible material so that it can be tossed, tucked or thrown into the smallest of spaces. A few of our favorite diaper bag brands are Diaper Dude, Skip Hop and Lock & Key Leathers.

Diaper bag essentials may vary if you’re a soon-to-be mom of multiples, or if baby will join a big brother and/or sister upon arrival; however, the following staples are the same for every parent:

  • Diapers: If using cloth diapers, be sure to pack a wet bag or plastic bag to store used diapers
  • Baby wipes: For bums, hands, faces and everything else that needs a good cleaning
  • Diaper cream/ointment
  • Tissues
  • Nursing shawl/blanket for breastfed babies
  • Infant formula and bottles for formula fed babies
  • Burp cloth
  • Bottle (or cup) of water
  • Hat: A wide brim hat for spring/summer and a fitted cap for fall/winter
  • Sunglasses
  • Nine Naturals Natural SPF 32 Sunscreen: Sunscreen should be used all year round on the whole family. Natural Suncreen SPF 32 is safe for mom, baby & the whole family.
  • Pacifiers
  • Teething toys: Not needed right away, but come in handy for entertaining
  • Small books and toys
  • Blanket: To cover your baby if (s)he falls asleep (can also be used during breastfeeding to eliminate the need for a nursing shawl)
  • Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm: Great for adding moisture to chapped lips and skin
  • Snack: Pack a KIND bar or Mamma Chia pouch in case you don’t get a chance to eat a full meal when out and about
  • Extra set of clothes for baby

Your diaper bag is only helpful to you if you keep it stocked with the necessities. So, at the end of every day, replace the amount of used diapers with the same number of fresh ones, swap out a dirty outfit with a clean one, and wash any toys/pacifiers/teethers that were dropped and/or placed on grimy surfaces.