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What Goes in a Diaper Bag

Your Diaper Bag Must Haves

You've got the baby, the stroller, now you need the goods for your diaper bag. What to stash may seem like a daunting task, so we've streamlined the process for you. The below necessities are all you really need, and it's a good idea not to overstuff your bag to the point of it becoming a backbreaker (remember, you've also got a little person to tote around). As for the extras, pick and choose what's important for you.

The Necessities

  • Diapers: Follow the rule of always bringing a few more than you think you'll need.
  • Wipes: Stock up on travel-sized packages so that you'll always have some ready to go.
  • Diaper Cream: Save any sample-size tubes that you get from the pediatrician or baby store, and keep them in your bag.
  • Changing Pad: Most diaper bags come with them, so only purchase an extra if it's necessary.
  • Change of Clothes: You never know when a diaper's going to explode or spit-up's going to become a mess.
  • Sealable Plastic Bags: These become trash bags in a pinch.
  • Bottle, Formula, or Snacks: Pack accordingly, depending on the length (or potential length) of your outing.

The Extras

  • Bottled Water: For you to drink, to use with powdered formula, or to rinse off any other surprises that may come your way.
  • First Aid Kit: It can never hurt to be prepared . . .
  • Toys and Other Distractions: You know your baby best! If there's a go-to stuffed animal or "lovey" that he or she can't live without, bump this up to the "necessities" category.
  • Sling or Wrap: If your baby prefers to be carried, this may save tears when you arrive at your destination.
  • Blanket: To serve as a shade, nursing cover, changing pad, or burp cloth in a pinch.
  • Hand Sanitizer: If you're looking to streamline, wipes can do double-duty here. Otherwise, a little bottle doesn't take up much room.

Diaper Bag Pictured Above: StorkSak Isabella Nylon in Black ($235)

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Tarah2442790 Tarah2442790 3 years
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kte0603 kte0603 3 years
Sounds like my diaper bag.  I also carry baby advil, burp clothes, sippy cup and baby soap and a wash rag.  You never know if you need to have an emergency bum wash!   I would also recommend using disposable changing pads, they take up less room in the diaper bag and the reusable one is just gross to me.  To me its like reusing a toliet seat cover and carrying it around in your purse. 
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