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Secrets of a smart diaper bag

Once you get the diaper bag, you may wonder: What do I put in here? And will I ever really use all this stuff? Let's prioritize.
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The essentials

  • 2-4 spare diapers (if using cloth, also add wraps or pins/covers)
  • Diaper wipes
  • Plastic bags for used diapers/dirty clothes
  • 1-2 changes of clothes for baby
  • Formula/bottles (if not nursing)
  • Any prescription medication

The extras

  • Extra formula (or powder and water)
  • Extra pacifier (keep clean in a baggie)
  • Burp cloth
  • Sweater or coat for baby
  • No-spill cup/bottle or a juice box
  • Pacifier and holder
  • Bib
  • Hat
  • Blanket (for warmth or nursing privacy)
  • Children's acetaminophen
  • Small package of facial tissues
  • Camera
  • Photos/brag book
  • Toys/books
  • Snacks (for baby and you)

Just for mom

  • Clean shirt (in case of poop explosions, spitup, etc.)
  • Breast pads
  • Bottle of water
  • Cell phone

Note: Of course, the contents of your diaper bag will vary depending on the age of your baby, whether or not you have other kids, and your parenting style. It will take you some time to figure out just what you need... and then your baby will grow up a little more, and everything will change again!

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 2604reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 Great tips for new moms. Sometimes it's hard to pick the essentials to pack in the bag. There is so many things that you could bring. You never really know if you will need it until something comes up. It's nice to have a basic list to base it off of. Your diaper bag is only so big. April 24, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Great Tips! I felt like I was over packing the diaper bag & then couldn't find anything when I needed it without digging through a lot of "stuff" April 24, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This article was very helpful. Sometimes when packing your diaper bag you tend to under pack when your in a rush. After I read this article I actually printed the list out so I could just do a check off when we are going out and about especially in a rush. April 21, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I always pack disinfecting wipes to wipe down changing stations. Those things never get cleaned in public places. I also take disposable changing pads just in case the wipes aren't enough. April 21, 2015
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