You know that mom who always has everything you need? When you are wondering if you should go home after 5 minutes at the park on a hot summer day because you don’t have sunscreen for the baby. Or it just started to downpour and you have no umbrella. She is ready to bandage, feed, or change any child on the playground and all in a bag that is more organized than yours. Don’t you worry, not everyone can be that mom. I am NOT that mom. Heck, I’ve been the mom needing to run across the street to a pharmacy so I can buy diapers to change my kids on more than one occasion. But I can help you be prepared for as much as possible while carrying as little as possible. SO check out this checklist of diaper bag essentials!
Diaper Bag Essentials CheckList
So of course, there will be some differences based on the age of the kids you are packing for. But to be completely honest, my bag has stayed relatively the same for quite a while now and the things I pack for my 2 are very close to the same. I am currently packing for a 1-year-old and a 2.5-year-old. But it has been pretty similar since my youngest started eating solid foods.
I believe you can adapt this list to any age and any amount of kids pretty easily and that you should do so whenever you need to. A beach day is a great day to try it out for the first time!
Of course, this list has to start with the perfect bag. And this backpack style diaper bag is incredible. It has tons of compartments for everything without being hug or bulky. It comes in a bunch of colors because, why not?
Having extra compartments inside and out is important because it will help you stay organized. If you need an extra pacifier you don’t want to have to dig through the entire bag to find it! This bag has a wipe compartment, water bottle slot, several insulated spots for bottles in the front area, different pockets inside to hold things like diapers or toys, and a pocket on the back with an inner zipper pocket as well.
Seriously, you will never need extra pockets again!
Obviously, you need diapers. Assuming your kids are the age that they are not using the toilet yet, you will want to have diapers for each child. I like Pampers (or the Aldi brand to be more cost-effective) the best. (We use Cloth Diapers at home)
I usually keep 4 for each kid so that we can last all day out if we need to at any time. And so if I forget to refill it I still have extras! I’ve done the whole I have to buy diapers because I’m out thing, it’s not fun. I strive not to have to do it again LOL.
I use these in the sides of the diaper bag so they are easy to get to. I want them easy to grab because I use them for everything. One of my kids always has a dirty face or something on their hands. So having them ready to go makes my life so much better.
These are budget-friendly and work well for us!
I usually have at least one full cup for each when we go out and refill it as necessary. When we were using bottles and formula I usually had 2 bottles and enough formula to go with them pre-measured so they were easy to make quickly.
We used Philips Avent Bottles with both our kids.
These cups are nice because they keep the food contained and the kids have an easy time using them. I put anything from cheese crackers to dry cereal in them and take them pretty much everywhere with us.
Other than diapers, this is the one diaper bag essential I always check for before we leave!
6. Extra clothes
The last diaper bag essential that I always have is a complete extra set of clothes for each child and an extra shirt for myself.
Kids are messy. They spill things, diapers leak, they fall in the mud. It’s just part of life. We usually use someones extra clothes once a month or so. I just used my son’s extra pants when he fell in a puddle under a swing and completely soaked himself.
I keep a shirt for me mostly from the habit of having one when I was breastfeeding. But I can imagine numerous scenarios where I would need one now. Splattering mud, kicking fits with dirty shoes, spit up and vomit, who knows with kids! So I pretty much keep one anyway.
When it comes to pacifiers I try to have at least 2 with us at all times (2 per kid if you have more than one child using one). They are easy to lose and hit the floor often so I always want the extra.
We do use a Pacifier Clip with my daughter so that we don’t lose them as often now. But she can pull it off her shirt so sometimes it does cause issues. I use it anyway because not having to hunt for a pacifier several times a day is worth it!
Bonus diaper bag essentials
The 7 items I listed above are the ones I really need to get through an outing. But I do keep a lot of other things in there for the “just in case” situations. Some I use rarely and others consistently but I could do without. So pick and choose what is important to you in the season that your family is in!
- Small toy
- Pen and paper
- Hand Sanitizer
- Mini first-aid kit – and check out this DIY First Aid Kit that you can keep in your car!
- Small towel
- Plastic bags
- Sunscreen (also in the DIY first aid kit above!)
- Small blanket (I also keep a warmer blanket in the car at all times)
- Kleenex (also in the DIY first aid kit above!)
- Fun book (Check out Best Usborne Books For Toddlers and Best Usborne Books For Babies for ideas!)
- Baby utensils
at’s everything for your diaper bag essentials! I could go on with more stuff you could keep but I try to keep my bag as light as possible. There are times when I have to carry both my kids (about 50lbs together right now!) and wear the bag so I can’t have it too heavy.