8 diaper bag essentials


If I’m not careful, my diaper bag backpack gets heavily overloaded with unnecessary items. About once a week, I bring it in from the house and look to see what nonsense is in there that shouldn’t be. Most of the time it’s extra (non-used) diapers, miscellaneous toys and blankets.

Then, I cut it back to the essentials and my back breaths a big sigh of relief. Plus, my older two girls are more likely to help carry it when it doesn’t weigh a million pounds.

8 diaper bag essentials

So, what’s included?

Diapers + wipes. We use cloth diapers (and the occasional disposal when traveling overnight). Always have more than you think you will need.

Wet Bag. This is great for soiled diapers or clothes or anything in general that needs to be taken home. We even use wet bags when we are traveling to hold dirty burp rags or diapers when there’s no access to a trash can.

Burp rags. Babies spit up. And drool and just overall leak. Bonus is, in a pinch, it can be used as a diaper!

Angel Soft in diaper bag

First Aid Kit. We need something out of this first aid kit nearly every week. The older kids get bumps, mom and dad need headache medicine or a wound needs cleaning.

Change of clothes. Babies and kids leak and drool and sometimes a burp rag isn’t enough.

Blanket. Good for a nursing cover, to keep baby warm or shaded or even for the older kids if they get cold.

Tissues. Have I mentioned that kids leak? Because they do. We have some pretty infamous “double-barrel-snot-rocket” sneezes around here and they need to be quickly remedied. Between the 4 girls and Mr. Serious and I, We use quite a few tissues daily. We need them handy everywhere. They are in the bathroom, the car and the diaper bag.

Feeding “things.” This sort of depends on the age.

When they are little (at the breast-feeding age), I was all about breast pads, lanolin and burp rags.

Then, once they get into eating food, it’s all about the food and bibs! Beech-Nut has some great new snacks and ready to go items that are perfect for throwing in our diaper bag for our next trip or adventure. And let’s be honest, my big kids (and even I) will be snacking on those Quinoa Crispies!

Beechnut snack foods

Food is a must to have on us at all times. We never know when we might get stuck somewhere and need food for the kids!

What are your diaper bag essentials?

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  1. I don’t need to carry a diaper bag anymore (YAY!!).

    When my daughters started walking, for trips to church and others’ houses, I switched from carrying a diaper bag to putting their things (diapers, small toys, change of clothes, whatever we needed) in a preschool rolling backpack. Then they were able to carry their own bag.

    We’ve had these 2 bags for 4 years now and they still get a lot of use. And how cute is it to see a 15 month old pulling a small dora backpack full of her own diapers?!?!

    1. I almost barely call mine a diaper bag, to be honest. I carry a small purse, so everything else goes in this bag.

      But, the girls carrying a Dora wheelie backpack? Adorable!!

      1. I was not the primary user of our diaper bag. That honor went to daycare. So I had to carry a separate purse. Honestly, it was rare that I was out long enough to necessitate a diaper bag once we got past the 3-month mark. Aside from church or visits to friends, we just don’t have much occasion to venture out of the house for too long.

  2. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Tissues Are My Go To Item I Keep In My Purse!

  3. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Go To Item In My Purse Is Always Tissues!

  4. Love face wipes for kids. My 3 year old – who is thankfully potty trained – always has a nasty sneeze that needs a quick clean up!

  5. Jessica Beard says:

    I use wipes for everything!

  6. I wish that we did the clean out once a week. When I get bored at events I tend to go through our bag and clean it up.

  7. It’s funny, I just got a new diaper bag so I had to reassess what I pack in my diaper bag. I was going to write a post about what moms should pack. And it’s very similar to this list here!! I need to go shopping soon, so I’m going to add a pack of Angel Soft to my list, especially with cold season coming up quickly (ugh!).

  8. Baby wipes, hands down! We just downsized to a smaller backpack because the clutter in Baby D’s larger bag was just unreal. Now that he’s older, he needs far less things when we are out just a few hours.

  9. Great ideas for the diaper bag. I keep forgetting to put a first aid kit in our diaper bag. We need it often too! Especially in the summer!

  10. It really is tissues, they are so versatile and come in handy a lot!

  11. my go to item is lip gloss

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    eeek baby wipes, some sort of tissues, bandaids and more

  13. Amy Wendt says:

    I really should clean out my bag again too…..it always ends up getting heavier and heavier…..
    I have the same items in mine….I also have toys/activities for the kids. I have always been on the lookout for things that are compact and keep them busy while we’re out.
    One of my favorites is a small pack of Tegu blocks…..

  14. Baby wipes and extra diapers are always in my diaper bag!

  15. Lately, my go-to item has been medicine. I’m all about keeping it close at hand.

  16. We always have wipes in our diaper bag and crayons for the older ones to entertain them. Plus a baggie of snacks of some kind.

  17. Wipes….I carry and keep them everywhere.

  18. My go to item would definitely be wipes!

  19. My go to item would definitely be wipes!

  20. My go to item would be wipes!

  21. that is a great amount to have — i hate when you have those little packs and it only lasts just a little while

  22. janetfaye says:

    I always carry travel size packs of tissues.

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