Diaper Bag Checklist

Diaper Bag Checklist

Getting out of the house with a newborn can be challenging! Before you are finished getting yourself ready, you will likely need to feed and change baby at least once or twice. When you are finally ready, you may feel more ready for a nap!

Keeping your diaper bag stocked and ready to go can help you to get out the door more quickly.


Just the basics:

baby-19261_640It is difficult to juggle an overfilled diaper bag while carrying your baby. Keeping your diaper bag contents to the basics will help.

  • Diapers (pack one for every hour or two you will be out, especially if you have a newborn)
  • Change pad
  • Diaper or barrier cream (sample size is best)
  • Wipes or wet washcloths in a plastic bag. You may prefer a small refillable box of wipes, rather than a resealable travel package. The sticker on the travel package can be difficult to open with one hand!
  • Complete change of clothes for baby (sleeper, undershirt, socks). If your baby is prone to spitting up, you may want to pack an extra t-shirt for yourself.
  • Receiving blanket (multiple uses: burp cloth, cover for the change pad, keeping baby warm)
  • Plastic bag to transport soiled diapers

Helpful extras:

  • Hand sanitizer (purse sized)
  • Snack and a drink for mom
  • Your contact information (in case you misplace your diaper bag)
  • Slip in your wallet, phone, and keys and you won’t have to carry your purse.



Depending on the season or the age of your baby, you may need to add some of the following:


  • Sunscreen
  • Insulated bag for other baby foods
  • Hat
  • Bib
  • Breast pads



What would you add to the list?



Other posts you may enjoy: Scoop on Baby Poop and Sun Safety for Babies.




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About the authors:

Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.

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