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How to Pack the Perfect Diaper Bag

Are you ready to introduce your baby to the outside world? Your diaper bag is about to become your new best friend – it’s your changing table on the go.

In addition to holding the items your baby needs, your diaper bag should be something you will feel comfortable carrying. Once you’ve found the right bag, backpack, or tote, you’ll need to figure out what to put in. Read on to learn how to pack the perfect diaper bag.

Choosing Your Diaper Bag

Find a diaper bag that is comfortable when you sling it over your shoulder. Today’s diaper bags come in every shape and style, from bulky tote to stylish backpacks.

You’ll spend a lot of time with your diaper bag, so make sure you like how it looks and feels. Pick a bag with a plastic liner for easy cleaning. It’s a bonus if the liner can be taken out and cleaned separately.

Many diaper bags come with a changing pad for quick diaper changes on the go. Fancier bags, like the Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack, also have multiple compartments to help you organize creams, wipes, ointments, and other small items.

Pick a bag with the features you need, but not those you know you won’t use.

Packing Your Diaper Bag

A well-stocked diaper bag includes all the items you would use at home, plus a few things that will help you with on-the-go situations. Review this list as you’re putting together the items in your diaper bag:


The number one item in your diaper bag is – you guessed it – diapers. You should pack one every hour you plan to be away from home. You probably won’t need them all, but having one diaper per hour will ensure you don’t run out. For the best diapers, check out our Post here.

A plastic bag

Pack a sealable plastic bag for dirty diapers. You’ll definitely need this if you’re using cloth diapers, and even if you use disposable diapers, you might not always have access to a trash can right away.

A blanket

If your diaper bag doesn’t have a changing pad, you may consider including a small blanket. A blanket that’s soft (and washable) is a perfect surface to lay your baby on when no changing table is available.


If you don’t have much space in your diaper bag, you can pack just a few wipes in a small plastic bag. If you have a roomier bag, buy a container of wipes to keep in your diaper bag. Some fancier bags have a compartment made just for a box of wipes.


Pack some sturdy tissues or soft paper towels. These can come in handy for ensuring your baby is thoroughly dry after using wipes to clean her.

Hand sanitizer

You won’t always have access to soap and water while away from home. When you can’t wash up, use hand sanitizer before and after changing your baby.

Creams and ointments

Pack the same creams and ointments you use at home. Buying sample sizes can save some space if your diaper bag is small.

Extra clothes

Pack extra clothing for your little one in case he spits up or has a diaper explosion. It doesn’t hurt to pack a change of clothes for yourself, too!

A pacifier

If your baby is used to having her diaper changed at home, the first time you change her somewhere else can be stressful. Giving her a pacifier (or something else that works well to soothe her) can make diaper changes away from home much easier for both of you.

Snacks or a bottle

If your baby is old enough for snacks, bring something he likes to munch on in a small container. If your baby takes a bottle, bring one with some formula.

A first aid kit

Pack some adhesive bandages and antibiotic ointment, just in case your baby acquires some cuts or scrapes while the two of you are having a good time.


Don’t forget the fun stuff! Your baby will want to play while you’re out and about, and having a few of her favorite toys on hand will keep her happy and make your life easier.

Your own items

Many moms decide that carrying a diaper bag and a purse is too much. Choosing a pocket in your diaper bag that will hold your necessities is a great idea, but you must remember to pack them. Your driver’s license, your keys, your cell phone, and some cash are all things you’ll want to have with you.

With the right diaper bag and items, taking your baby out into the world doesn’t have to be stressful. The more times you pack your bag, the easier it will become. Before you know it, you’ll look forward to adventures with your little one!

Erin McIntyre

Erin is a professional writer and web developer with a Master’s degree in web development, and her specialty is writing for the web. She contributed excellent articles to multiple publications in her career, including Mothers and More.

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