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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 I keep "the essentials" in a small, convenient diaper bag that I carry with me, and pack all "the extras" in a larger bag that I usually leave in the car. That way, I don't have to dig my way through to get to the basics! March 23, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Very helpful list. I have our little ones diaper bag packed with the same items. I never thought to pack the items for myself unless I think of other things like when we go somewhere & I dont want to carry my purse in.I also packed the Nursing cover and grooming kit. March 20, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by That's awesome! For the most part I have been following these tips before even reading this article! I guess you could call it mother's intuition. But I never thought to have an extra shirt for myself! This is a well thought of checklist! March 19, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Am working on completing both mine and my husbands diaper bags as we speak! This article came in handy. There were a few things I didn't even think of! Adding them in now! Thank you for posting! March 19, 2015
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