Diaper Bag Essentials
What You Actually NEED in Your Diaper Bag
Your newest accessory as a parent… a diaper bag.
First, there are so many styles and designs to choose between.
Next, what the heck should you actually put in the diaper bag?
These were thoughts I had as a first time parent. I had no clue what to put in the diaper bag, so I was putting way too many things in there.
This caused my bag to be excessively full, so I couldn’t easily get to what I wanted and it was heavy!
How to Choose the Right Diaper Bag for You.
Think about what is most important to you for your diaper bag. For example, the most important thing to me is convenience.
I need to be able to get into the bag super quickly and know exactly where everything is. An easy open and close zipper and lots of pockets is what I needed!
I also wanted to make sure that the diaper bag we chose was gender neutral, that way my husband would also carry it around.
We love our Naibei diaper bag! It was affordable and met all the criteria I was looking for, along with some extras, like a zipper in the back to easily be able to grab things from the bottom of the bag, and it’s waterproof!
The fact that this bag is a backpack was also a bonus. As a new parent there are enough things to have to learn how to juggle and an extra bag is not what you want.
Having a diaper bag that is a backpack style is so nice, because you can just throw it on your shoulders and not even notice it.
How to Keep the Diaper Bag From Weighing You Down.
The key to keeping your diaper bag light is sticking to the necessities!
- A portable changing pad. A MUST HAVE! I can can keep a stash of diapers, the wipes and extras like a tiny travel hand sanitizer and Desitin, roll it up, and toss it in the diaper bag.
- Burp rags! I always keep at least 3 of these in my diaper bag, depending on how long I plan to be out of the house.
- An extra change of clothes for your baby, and an extra shirt for you… just in case! Pack some extra baby socks too, those things are always disappearing.
- A couple pacifiers. Also just in case one goes disappearing on ya.
- Toys for entertainment. I’m able to easily stick a few toys in an inside side pocket and still have plenty of space.
- Hand Sanitizer.
- A blanket. I roll mine to create optimal space for everything. It also makes it easier to find in the bag. A blanket is good for if baby gets cold, and also if you are breastfeeding and want to cover up.
- For the breastfeeding momma, you may want to pack some extra nursing pads in your bag.
- For the bottle fed baby, don’t forget the bottles! Also the formula or breast milk to go in the bottles.
- Lastly, any little extras you think you may want. I keep pacifier wipes, a waterproof bag for dirty clothes (just in case there is a blow out), and tissues.
I also keep my wallet in the diaper bag.
However, if you do this make sure you remember to take it out when you leave the diaper bag with your sitter.
Speaking from experience you really don’t want to forget that!
What is something you keep in your diaper bag that you can’t live without?
For me, its been the travel changing pad. That thing has come in handy so many times!
There are still several public restrooms that don’t have a changing table in them.
With the travel changing pad I can change my baby anywhere and like I said before it’s all about the convenience!