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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 2470reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This article is incredibly helpful! I am a second time mom but have since forgotten a lot of basics when caring for an infant. For my son's first check up I remembered bottles but no formula!! Thank god I was at the pediatrician's office and they had sample packs! This list covers everything plus more. August 24, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by A friend shared this fabulous tip with me: keep an emergency diaper bag in the trunk of your car. Pack extra diapers, wipes, & an outfit. New mommies can be forgetful. I once refilled my baby wipes and not the diapers in my baby bag- the emergency stash saved me AND my baby's bottom. August 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I NEVER THOUGH OF PACKING ANYTHING FOR MYSELF. I ALWAYS THOUGH THE DIAPER BAG FOR MY BABY. THIS ARTICLE HELPED ME PACK A BETTER SUPPLIED DIAPER BAG. August 11, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Also having a smaller bag inside your diaper bag is great for those quick trips into the store when you don't need the whole diaper bag but, like me, feel like your missing an appendage without it! August 8, 2014
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