The Diaper Bag Checklist: 24 Must Have Items For Your Diaper Bag
The diaper bag is more than just a pretty bag with lots of pockets. It's a survival kit. A necessity. It's a right-hand man. It's like an extension of the mom to which it belongs. Like a best friend, that finishes your sentences for you. Perhaps my description is getting out of hand, but your diaper bag won't. Ever be out of your hand, that is. What I'm trying to say is that everything you need for baby is in that bag. And if you pack it with the right things, it can and will make your life so much easier. Here are 24 MUST HAVE items for your diaper bag.
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Babyganics Sunscreen Stick
Whether it’s walking to and from appointments or spending leisurely time at the beach, my baby and I are outside a lot. This BabyGanics sunscreen stick is small, mess-free, and provides great coverage. And it’s pure mineral so it doesn’t have phthalates and nano-particles…whatever the hell those are.
Duh! But be sure to pack not one or two, but a good handful. Your baby could be having a good day in the bowel moving department.
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Baby Nail Clippers
Why do baby fingernails grow at superhuman speed? I mean, if I don’t trim my baby’s nails every 3 days, she starts to look like baby Wolverine. I keep the nail clippers in my diaper bag so I can use them whenever a struggle-free opportunity presents itself. The basic Safety 1st clippers allow me to clearly see what I’m doing, and to get a close trim without any traumatizing fingertip snips.
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Munchkin Pacifier Wipes
Bottles, pacifiers, and teething toys always make their way to the floor when you’re out and about and away from a sink. These wipes are a great, quick fix.
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We relied on the Nuk pacifier for my baby’s first 6 months. We didn’t leave the house unless she had one attached to her with a pacifier clip and a back-up Nuk in the bag.
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Unless you’re exclusively breastfeeding, of course, you need to remember to pack a bottle. I forgot one once, and I will never do it again. Just FYI, babies aren’t keen to drink formula out of straws and an old to-go cup. My daughter prefers the Tommee Tippee bottles. I carry a 9-ouncer in my bag.
Single-Serve Formula Powder
I know there are great formula dispensers out there, but I am hooked on the single-serve formula packets. They are SO CONVENIENT, light-weight and easy to pour right into a bottle. They are like nutritional, Pixy Sticks for babies.
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Sugar! (for mom, of course)
It’s tiring schlepping baby around everywhere. Sometimes mama needs a little pick-me-up. I keep Skittles or other hard candies in my bag to pop whenever I need a little energy boost. Hey, it’s either that or more coffee. What do you want me to do? Take a shot of wheat grass like a damn hippie? Or prop my eyelids up with toothpicks like in the Tom and Jerry cartoons?
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Purell Hand Sanitizer
Parenting can be a duuurrrtty job. Purell in the diaper bag is a must.
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I keep 2 or 3 disposable spoons in my bag for feeding baby on the go. They are inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to wipe clean. And you won’t be sad when you forget one at the restaurant. I’m not guaranteeing you won’t be sad when you leave the restaurant after a meal with baby, but thankfully it won’t be because of the spoon.
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Keep this in your bag for emergencies. Check with your pediatrician, first.
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Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy
In the beginning, I hated hard on Sophie. I couldn’t understand why this dumb, rubber giraffe was a must have for every baby I knew in the universe. I changed my tune when my baby came under Sophie’s spell. Turns out, it’s a soothing, magical teether which my daughter prefers above all others. Sophie is a pop icon. She is like the Britney Spears of teethers.
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These disposable Table Toppers by Neat Solutions are pretty fantastic. They give baby a sanitary surface off of which they can eat finger foods at a restaurant, and it makes clean up a little easier.
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Do yourself a favor and put this in your diaper bag.
I love the Pampers Sensitive baby wipes. They are durable, don’t have that weird, baby-wipe-smell, and you can safely use them on the hands and face.
Gerber Yogurt Melts
These Yogurt Melts are a perfect snack for my 10-month old. They are easy, melt quickly in their little mouths (hence, the name) and aren’t messy. AND these suckers are TASTY! They remind me of the astronaut ice cream I used to beg my mom to buy at the Museum of Science. Ok, they are a great snack for me, too. Don’t judge.
A Bottle of Water
Pack a bottle of water to mix with the formula or with which to wash your Advil down.
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These Opcon-A eye drops takes the red right out of my sleep-deprived eyes.
Soft Pouch Baby Food
These pouches are the way to go. They are light weight and don’t take up too much room in the diaper bag. Just make sure you aren’t carrying scissors or large needles in your bag, as well.
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Diaper Disposal Bags
Because you can’t take your Diaper Genie with you, it’s good to have these diaper disposal bags with you to wrap up that baby waste wreckage. This pack from Babies R Us comes with 250 sacks which even smell like baby powder.
Bibsters are great because they velcro at the neck as compared to others with adhesive which too easily gets caught up in my daughter’s Sideshow Bob mop of hair.
An Extra Outfit for Baby
It’s crazy how many times my baby blows out of her diaper, outfit and into her carseat on a regular basis. Other than cinching a garbage bag around her waist, I’m not sure how to prevent it. I HAVE to pack an extra outfit wherever I go. Otherwise, we’re rolling Raising Arizona style with a baby in a diaper in public. That’s not ok.
Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks
OK, the name is super annoying, but these Baby Mum-Mum rice rusks make my life easier when I’m on the go. I can give my baby one to hold and eat at her leisure, and I don’t worry that she may choke as they get soft and dissolve quickly in her mouth. And they don’t get crumbs everywhere! Rice Rusks RULE!
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Disposable Changing Pads
With my first baby, I used a regular changing pad, and I spent most of my day sanitizing the thing after use at crowded airport restrooms and other well-used public bathrooms. With this baby, I use disposable changing pads which I can simply toss after pad-to-poo contact or when the public changing table is, how do I put it, gooey.
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