10 Diaper Bag Essentials

10 Diaper Bag Essentials

October 22, 2019

10 Diaper Bag Essentials

10 Diaper Bag Essentials
10 Diaper Bag Essentials

A diaper bag can be a new parent lifesaver—it’s where you keep all the things your baby may need while you’re out and about. For parents of newborns, it’s a reassurance that whatever may happen—we’re looking at you sudden blowouts—you’ll have what you need to deal with it. Those with older babies and toddlers know that it’s a keeper of all that plus distractions, like small toys, and lots and lots of snacks to keep your little mover from getting hangry.

When you’re packing your diaper bag, think about keeping certain items in the bag all the time, so you don’t have to go on the hunt for them every time you leave the house. Then, before your next outing, you can just replenish certain supplies (like diapers, wipes and outfits) you used up. (Here are some tips for organizing your diaper bag too)

Also stash a few small reusable bags in your diaper bag to hold dirty diapers or clothes and keep them from getting on other things in your bag.

While you can put everything and anything in your diaper (depending on its size), there are certain key items you’ll really need. Here’s an easy one-stop-shop from Walmart for the basic products you’ll want to build the perfect diaper bag kit.

The Diaper Bag

A versatile diaper bag is key. This one can be carried or worn as a backpack and is neutral to work with any outfit or caregiver. Nine pockets (plus two insulated ones for bottles) keep your things organized—we suggest designating each one for different things so you can find things easily—and it comes with a travel-sized changing pad for emergency changes on park benches or the ground (we love this extra and highly recommend!).

Diapers

Not to state the obvious, but you’re going to want these. While you may be tempted to throw as many in there as possible, the general rule of thumb is at least one diaper for every two hours you’ll be out. That said, packing a few extras isn’t a bad idea (just in case).

Wipes

Wipes are great for cleaning up during diaper changes, but they’re also handing for wiping little hands and faces, as well as grocery store cart handles, diaper changing stations or restaurant high chairs and tables. These from Hello Bello are 99%+ pure water with a touch of aloe and chamomile.

Diaper Rash Cream

It may seem like overkill if you’re only heading out for a short excursion, but anyone who’s changed a baby with an angry bum knows it’s no fun. Keeping a tube of diaper rash cream in the bag can be helpful. This one’s hypoallergenic and made from non-nano zinc oxide and oils to soothe and protect.

Hand Sanitizer

Washing hands with soap and water is always best, but when that’s not an option, it’s hand sanitizer to the rescue. Hello Bello’s naturally kills 99.9% of germs and moisturizes with a variety of natural extracts. The travel-size bottle stashes away snugly in your bag.

Suncreen

For babies 6 months and older, apply sunscreen to protect them from the sun while you’re at the park or even just taking a walk. Hello Bello’s SPF 50 sunscreen mineral lotion is reef safe, hypoallergenic and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. (Psst: You can use it too!) Toss a sun hat in your bag, too, for extra sun protection.

A Change of Clothes

Parenting fact: Sometimes messes happen. When they do, you’ll be super happy you have a backup outfit for baby in your bag. Just remember to take the soiled clothes out as soon as you get home (no one wants to find that in their diaper bag on the next outing!).

A Fun Toy

There are times—waiting for lunch, in line for groceries—when every baby needs a good distraction. A toy like this family favorite is small enough to store in your bag, yet provides lots of enjoyment for your little one. Board books are also a good alternative.

Emergency Pacifier

If your baby loves their paci, never leave home with it. Keep a few in your diaper bag so you’ll always have one on hand. If you’re worried about them getting dirty, you can store them in a pouch like this one from Skip Hop.

Emergency Snacks

New eaters love their snacks, no matter if they’re home or out and about. These let them eat away while acting as a great distraction. If you’re breast or formula feeding, pack a bottle or a nursing cover (if you like to cover up).

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