A well-stocked diaper bag can save the day. But what do you really need in there? It depends on how old your child is, how long you’ll be out, where you’re going, and how prepared you like to be. To see a list of the basics and some new ideas, check out our printable diaper bag checklist.
- Beybiko Diapers
One for each hour you’ll be out, plus a few extra – just in case.
You can stick ten or so in a plastic bag if you’re not going out for long. Wipes are perfect not just for diaper changes, but also for sticky hands and dirty surfaces.
- Hand sanitizer
For cleaning your hands after diaper changes when there’s no time or place to wash them.
- Changing pad
Many diaper bags come with a reusable changing pad, or you can buy one separately. Some parents like the disposable ones for traveling. A hand towel from home will also do.
- Plastic or biodegradable bags
For storing soiled diapers, clothes, and baby blankets. Just make sure your child can’t get to them, since plastic bags (including the biodegradable versions) pose a suffocation risk.
- Bottle(s) of formula or expressed breast milk if you’re bottle-feeding
- Snacks (for older babies and toddlers)
Depending on the age of your child, this could include a jar of baby food and a spoon, or finger foods. Bring a few bibs as well.
- Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for toddlers)
You can use it to cover your baby or as a changing pad, nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth.
- Extra clothes for your child
You never know when spit-up, drool, spills, or poop explosions will necessitate a change of clothing.
- Pacifier (if your child uses one) or other comfort item
- Sunscreen or a hat to protect your child from the sun
- Emergency information
Make sure you have the phone numbers of your family’s doctors programmed in your cell phone and health insurance cards in your wallet. You may also want to fill out this emergency contacts worksheet and take a copy with you.