Here's What You'll Actually Need in Your Diaper Bag

The amount of gear a 10(ish)-pound baby requires is dizzying — and so is the thought of consolidating it into a "to-go" bag. But you probably want to get out and about with your little one, and we've got just the cheat sheet you need. Since the theme of newborns is "unpredictable," your diaper bag should be prepared for all sorts of unexpected variables. Here are seven things to bring along.

Diapers, Wipes, and Baggies

Keep a substantial stash of diapers, wipes, a changing pad, and resealable plastic bags on-hand for on-the-go changes. Those bags are a must — you never know when there's going to be a trash can available!

On-the-Go Eats

Bring along a seal-tight container of expressed breast milk or formula, depending on your baby's needs. If they're formula-fed, be sure to pack a bottle of water, too.

Extra Clothes — For Both of You

Since babies rarely think to only spit up on themselves, you'll want a change both for them and a clean top for yourself, too.

A Face Mask

You may think you're just going out for a stroll, but back to that unpredictability thing. You may need to pop into a coffee shop or some other store while you're out and about. Make sure to have a face mask at the ready so you can go indoors at a moment's notice.

A Swaddle Blanket

Whether it's to keep out the sun, wrap your baby tight, or use as a changing pad, you won't regret rolling an extra one of these up in your diaper bag.

Small Toys and a Book

Diversions are key! You never know when you'll need something to keep your baby occupied.

A Sling or Carrier

If you're planning a longer outing and your baby's the type who prefers to be held close, this will allow you to push an empty stroller while toting your tot.