21 Diaper Bag Essentials You Should Make Sure You Pack

What to pack in diaper bag

After having a baby, it will never be the same leaving the house. Whenever you go out, you also have to get Baby ready.

It is imperative to be prepared with a fully armed diaper bag, when you go out. That way you can keep your baby happy and comfy.

Maybe your not sure exactly what you should bring with you?

Fear not! I will help you pack and prepare your diaper bag so you have what you need to survive while your out and about with Baby.

If you don’t have a diaper bag yet. Just scroll down below or use the table of contents. I go over what to look for in a decent diaper bag.

I also recommend some diaper bags. I think it seems pretty good. I am on the lookout to purchase a new, all-around diaper bag.

Baby helping pack the diaper bag

Make sure you grab your diaper bag checklist.

By the way if bathing your baby is something that stresses you out, take a look at my step by step baby bathing guide. 🙂

I Don’t Have a Diaper Bag. What Features Should I Look For?

Kinds of Diaper Bags

There are different kinds of diaper bags.

The three most common are

  • Tote
  • Messenger Bag
  • Backpack

If you are interested in a tote diaper bag it would be a good idea to get one with a strap that can convert into a messenger bag, especially if your hands might be full… baby carrier, cup of coffee, hand bag, notebook.

The backpack is my favorite. I love how my hands are totally free and find it easier to maneuver with the bag behind me.

Changing Pad

Most diaper bags come with a changing pad but some don’t. However they should have a designated pocket for it.

Having a separate place for the pad is a good idea in case, it gets contaminates on it from changing your baby.

Storage Space

You want a bag with many pockets to keep everything organized and easy to find.

Like a place for your keys and wallet if you’re not brining your hand bag. A place for toys, pacifier, books, clothes, a place for diapers and wipes.

A bonus would be an insulated pocket for baby bottles.

Mine did not come with one. I had to get a separate baby bottle cooler.

Weight Of Diaper Bag

Make sure diaper bag is not too heavy and that it has padded straps because you are going to be lugging it around.

You want to be comfortable.

What you don’t want is to strain your back and shoulders. Especially because you have to pick up and carry your baby on a regular basis.

The Look

Think about what kind of patterns and colors you like.

Do you like the more plain look or bright colors and cute patterns?

Are you the only one using the bag or is Dad going to be using the bag as well. If your into cute and girly that’s great but will Dad want to carry that around?

There are diaper bags designed to look more gender neutral.

Moisture Resistance

Finally you want a bag with a moisture resistant fabric.

This way it can easily be wiped down, inside and out for hassle free cleaning.

inside diaper bag

How Do You Store Diapers In A Diaper Bag?

There should be a compartment area or more than one for storing diapers.

I like to bring a bunch of diapers just in case. At least one diaper for each hour I’m planning to be out and then I’ll usually throw in a couple more. ;-P

baby wipes for diaper bag

How Do I Pack Wipes In A Diaper Bag?

Your best bet to make things easier and have more room in the bag is to have a sample size container of wipes. I just put a handful of wipes in a sandwich baggie.

It would be a good idea to use sample sizes for other products as well. Such as sunscreen, moisturizer, rash cream, etc.

I should take my own advice, I don’t do that. I usually have the full size and it takes up a lot of room.

What Are My Favorite Diaper Bags?

I have been looking for some of the best diaper bags on amazon and so far I found four that seem pretty good.

The one I have at the moment is called the Skidaddle by Skip Hop Diaper Backpack. This is the diaper bag I have in the pictures on this post.

I got this diaper bag from my baby shower and I found out they are sold at Walmart. I like the bag. I have had no major problems with it.

However I would like if the bag had more pockets and compartments for better organization.

I picked out these diaper bags based on:

  • the reviews of customers that bought it
  • the style
  • the type of fabric
  • the amount of storage
  • the features.

BabyX Diaper Bag Backpack

4-1/2 Star Rating- Check it out on Amazon


  • Insulated Pocket for Bottles and Snacks
  • USB Port
  • Large Capacity with Lots of Pockets
  • Easy Access Side Pocket for Wipes
  • Tear Resistant and Waterproof Material
  • Lifetime Defect Warranty
  • Dad Look Approved

JuJuBe Zealous Diaper Bag Backpack, and Fashionable Travel Bag with 9 Pockets

4-1/2 Star Rating- Check it out on Amazon


  • 9 Pockets Total
  • 2 Slip Pockets
  • Key Slip
  • Mesh Water Bottle Pockets
  • Memory Foam Changing Pad Located in Own Zippered Section
  • Plenty of Storage Space
  • Breathable Extra Padded Back and Shoulder Straps
  • Machine Washable

PIN ZHI ZAN Diaper Bag Backpack

5 Star Rating- Check it out on Amazon


  • Waterproof Material
  • Large Capacity
  • Side Wipe Pocket
  • Side Insulated Pocket
  • Baby Changing Pad
  • Stroller Straps
  • USB and Headphone Port
  • Insulated Bottle Pockets

Bably Baby Large Capacity Diaper Bag Backpack

4-1/2 Star Rating- Check it out on Amazon


  • Extra Padding on Shoulder Straps and Back
  • Waterproof Exterior and Interior
  • Built-in Stroller Straps
  • Front and Back Compartments
  • Lot’s of Space
  • Large Changing Pad
  • 2 Packing Cubes
  • Wet/Dry Sundry Bag
  • Side Pocket for Wipes
  • Insulated Bottle Pockets

Grab My Free Diaper Bag Checklist

Diaper Bag Checklist

No more struggling to think of what you need when your mind is blanks out as your baby is fussing and crying.

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If you’re tired and you feel like you can’t get your things together. Don’t worry, I gotch you!

I struggled with these challenges too.

This is why I created a Diaper Bag Checklist.

wipes and diapers in diaper bag

What To Pack In My Diaper Bag?

The Diaper Bag

Well you gotta start here. You need a diaper bag to pack a diaper bag.

If you haven’t gotten a diaper bag yet go to the section about what to look for in a diaper bag.

If your interested in a backpack diaper bag like me, scroll up. I found 4 pretty good diaper bags on amazon.

Changing pad for diaper bag

Changing Pad

Your diaper bag might not come with a changing pad which in that case you would have to buy one separately. I like the Skip Hop Pronto Signature Portable Changing Mat which you can get here on Amazon.

If you’re in a pinch you could always use a towel or a cloth diaper, but that might not protect whatever is underneath, from getting wet.

I mostly use the changing pad in public restrooms on the baby changing table which tend to be a pretty hard surface.


The amount of diapers you will want will depend on how long you’re going to be out. Like I said before I like the 1 diaper per hour rule.

It’s a good idea to pack one extra, more than you think you’ll need.

Most people that use cloth diapers like to use disposable diapers when they go out, just because it’s easier.

Of course you could always use cloth diapers if you prefer.

Baby Wipes

It’s easier to carry a small convenience pack than a full-size container of wipes but the problem is you have to refill it often.

You could also use a sandwich bag to bring a small supply with you.

Wipes are useful not only for changing your baby’s diaper but also to wash your own hands as well as cleaning up spit-up or food off of sticky fingers, faces, clothes or furniture.

Plastic Bags

I would suggest putting several in your diaper bag.

Plastic bags are useful for a few things:

  • If you have no trash available.
  • A place to put dirty diapers.
  • Wet or dirty clothes.


I usually bring an insulated container with ice packs and have a couple bottles set and ready to go.

It might be easier for you to buy ready to go formula that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

The catch is these are more expensive and not all formulas come in the ready to go form.

If I might need to make more bottles while I am out, I also bring:

  • water in a water bottle
  • a small sample size container of powder formula

If your baby is lactose sensitive like my baby, Colton has been doing great on Baby’s Only Organic Formula Lacto-Relief. Update: He just turned one years and still on this formula with solids now and it has been great. Still recommend.

Baby’s Only Organic Formula Lacto-Relief

4 Star Rating- Take a look at it on Amazon

Spit-Up Cloths

A.k.a. burp cloths. It’s a good idea to keep one on your shoulder when burping your baby in case Baby ends up spitting up.

But they are also useful for cleaning up messes.

Pack clothes for diaper bag

Change of Baby Clothes

You never know what might happen.

Your baby could spit up all over themselves get something spilled on them, pee on themselves or the worst case scenario they could have a blowout. O_O.

It’s a really good idea to have one or even two back up outfits… just in case.

Oh and make sure you have a pair of extra socks. They get lost so easy and babies love to kick them off.

pack bibs in diaper bag

Extra Bibs

I find that I’m going through a lot of bibs right now. Colton is teething and drooling like cray cray.

The bib just gets saturated and if I don’t swap it out when it gets like that, he will get a little rash under his chin.

Extra Blanket or Sweatshirt/Jacket

It’s always good to be prepared.

You never know when the weather might decide to change and get cooler, even when it’s supposed to be a nice warm day.

This is especially true in the spring, fall and well winter at least where I am in Massachusetts, it gets pretty darn cold.

Even this summer I had to put a sweatshirt on Colton. We were out and about, it got breezy and the temperature went close to 60. A little chilly but I love fall type weather.

teething toy in diaper bag

Pacifier or a Teething Toy

Put this in a little sandwich bag to keep it clean.

Colton doesn’t like pacifiers that much, but he will bit the back side of the pacifier sometimes if he is in the mood.

He much prefers a cold teething ring.

pack toys in diaper bag

Baby Toy

You want to have a few toys, at least 2-4. I think more is better.

The type of toys you want will depend on where your baby’s development is at and what holds their attention.

Give one toy at a time. When they get bored with the one, you can give them the next.

Then keep rotate the toys. Baby Hack!

Baby snacks in diaper bag

Snack for Baby

Bring unopened jars of baby food and or some baby finger food snacks.

Don’t forget to bring a spoon and keep it in a plastic baggie.

I would recommend having a big plastic bib that covers baby well which you can rinse off later.

You can keep the baggie for after when the spoon and bib are dirty so that everything in the diaper bag doesn’t get dirty as well.

Napkins are another good idea, seeing as babies usually get messy when it comes to eating their baby food.

Colton’s favorite snack right now is Gerber Puffs Cereal Snack Sweet Potato Flavor, check it out here. It is so cute how he picks one out of the container with his little pointer finger and thumb.

Snack for Mom

It’s good for mom to have a snack too especially if you’re breast-feeding or you’re gonna be out for a while and might get hungry.

Some suggestions for healthy snacks would be a piece of fruit, baby carrots, some cheese and crackers, some dried fruit or a granola bar.

I don’t know if it would be considered a snack but my favorite to go snack is a travel mug full of coffee!

Store baby sunscreen in diaper bag

Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Generally it seems like your supposed to wait until your baby is at least six months old.

Sunscreen should be applied year round to protect baby from sunburns and keep skin healthy.

I believe you want to wait for six months on the bug spray as well.

I use a baby bug spray that’s all natural. Colton with his sensitive skins seems to be okay with it.

I mostly use it on him when we are at the barn and the flies are bad, or if we are going for a walk and the mosquitoes are out.

Put sun hat in the diaper bag


Hats all year long.

Winter hat for the cool weather.

Sun hat for warmer weather.

Along with the sunscreen a sun hat can be a good addition for protection from the sun and keeping the sun out of your baby’s eyes.

Unfortunately for me Colton decided he doesn’t like to wear hats anymore and has figured out how to take it off.

Not sure how we will fair in the winter.

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What do you struggle with most when you go out with baby?

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You Can Do it Mama,


Hi, I am Kacey. I create content for equestrians to encourage further education about horses, improving skills in and out of the saddle and having fun as lovers of horses. Learn more about me here: www.joyfulequestrian.com/about-kacey-cleary/

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