Diaper Bag Essentials – What Is In My Diaper Bag?

what to pack in your diaper bag

After writing the post about what to pack in a diaper bag last week, I thought it would be fun to share with you exactly what is in my diaper bag. Nothing really fancy in my diaper bag, just normal momma stuff.

It may help you to know that I consider myself a minimalist, well, kinda.

I am curious to know what other moms pack in their bags so feel free to leave a comment at the end and let me know what you pack in yours. Especially if you go through the post and feel like I am missing something important, I’d love to hear about it.

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Multi-functional Diaper Bag – Ruvalino Backpack Diaper Bag

I have this backpack diaper bag which I absolutely love for its multifunctional capabilities. Going by how strong it feels, we will still be using it long after our baby girl no longer needs it.

Here are a few things I like about it:

  • it is very spacious which allows me to pack a ton of baby stuff as well as everything I need for myself.
  • It is easy to carry and looks good both on myself and my husband. Since we travel a lot, this is very convenient.
  • It has a ton of pockets, including insulated ones for our bottles. It even has a laptop compartment for my laptop when I need it but want to carry one bag only.
  • Comes with a nice portable changing pad

This diaper bag is spacious enough, we actually used it to pack all baby’s stuff when we were packing our hospital bag for delivery.

what is in my diaper bag? - the 9 items packed in my diaper bag. Diaper bag essentials

A Portable Changing Pad

Most of the time, I use the changing pad that came with my diaper bag. However, it is relatively small so I got this bigger one which folds really small and makes it easy to travel with.

If you would prefer disposable changing pads, you may want to look into these ones.

6 Diapers – Huggies Swaddlers

I keep about 6 diapers in the diaper bag at all times. Some people recommend 2 diapers for every hour that you are out. I don’t go out with the baby for too long but when I do, I adjust the number of diapers in the bag accordingly.

My first choice of diapers is Huggies Little Snugglers. In the last 4 months, I have tried a number of different brands of diapers as well as other Huggies models and so far the little snugglers have worked best. I think the pocketed back waistband is what sets them apart. It is able to contain the messes and prevents blowouts on the baby’s back.

Sometimes I use Pampers at night because my baby girl does not poop when she is asleep and it does not look bulky in the morning. However, I have not had any luck with it when it comes to blowouts so I stay away from them during the day.

With my oldest, we changed to Luvs when he turned two years old and they served us well. We might consider doing the same thing as time goes by to save on costs.

Check out how I save on diapers using diaper discount here

1 Pack of Baby Wipes – Pampers Sensitive

Usually, I keep 1 pack of baby wipes in the diaper bag and it lasts me quite a while before I have to replace it. I use Pampers sensitive wipes because they are hypoallergenic and perfume-free. They are also fairly thick which means that I don’t have to use too many to get the baby cleaned up.

I have to say though, that I haven’t tried a ton of baby wipes from other brands. I just received these ones as baby shower gifts and loved them so much, I stuck with them.

1 Jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly – Skin Protectant

It is very important to apply a skin protectant/ diaper rash ointment after every diaper change. This protects the baby’s skin from getting a rash or irritation from coming into contact with urine or poop. There is always 1 jar of Vaseline in my diaper bag ready to go. It could be sheer luck or the power of Vaseline but our baby has never had a diaper rash since she was born. It’s worth a try.

2 Baby Blankets

I usually have at least 2 blankets in my diaper bag. 1 light, plush one for warmth like this one and one of these muslin ones which are really cute and versatile enough to use for anything.

The plush one will typically be for covering the baby when she is riding in her stroller, the muslin ones are for literally everything. From swaddling her, catching spit-up and drool to covering her.

2 or 3 Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are an absolute essential in my bag. They help to keep baby looking fairly clean and protect my clothes from being messy. Well, it’s not always successful 🙂 #motherhood

2 Bibs

My daughter drools and spits up like crazy. I usually pack about 2 extra bibs in the diaper bag in case it needs changing.

1 Pair of socks

At this stage, I dress my baby mostly in footed rompers/onesies unless we are going for an event. That’s why I only keep 1 pair of socks in the diaper bag. If the outfit of the day needs socks, I pack at least 2 pairs. As she is growing we are likely going to need more pairs of socks packed in the diaper bag.

At least 2 changes of clothes

I keep 2 complete sets of clothes in my diaper bag. These typically consist of a bodysuit, a footed romper or another baby outfit befitting the occasion.

This list just contains my staples. Depending on the kind of day I expect to have, I add items or adjust quantities as necessary.

You can find my full list of what you should pack in your diaper bag here.

Other items that I would also pack are:

I do not carry baby bottles mostly because I am exclusively breastfeeding. As the baby grows and starts on solids and other liquids, I will be packing bottles and baby food in the diaper bag.

Tips on packing your diaper bag

I’m pretty sure I am not the only one who hates to pack the diaper bag every time we are going out. So one thing I have found to be important is to keep the diaper bag packed always. Have separate supplies for the diaper bag aside from what you use on a day to day basis. That way, you don’t start changing your baby out there and realize you forgot vaseline or wipes or something else.

Have the default items always packed and when you realize something is almost running out, replace it as soon as you get home so that you don’t have to think about it next time you are going out.

I hope you found this helpful. Leave your questions or comments below.

8 thoughts on “Diaper Bag Essentials – What Is In My Diaper Bag?”

  1. I carry almost the same things in my diaper bag as you do, but from my own personal experience I always carry an extra pacifier. My baby boy loves loosing his in the car. I also get two different type of changing clothes for cold and hot temperatures just in case the mother nature wants to have fun.

  2. I found a really good idea sharing what you use on a daily basis. It is real life. It is practical and for sure will help thousand of moms in the next time they are packing. I also like the backpack you are using it seems not to big but the same time with a lot of space to organise all that you need when going out with your little babies. I’m into organiser and love it. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I love sharing the products I love and use in my real life. It’s usually my hope that it will make another mom’s life easier when they are wondering what to get for themselves. Like this backpack diaper bag, we really love how convenient it is. It’s not heavy and it allows us to fit in so much. It’s fantastic, so I am happy to recommend it together with all the items I pack in it 🙂

  3. Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for this article to let us know what is in your diaper bag. It’s difficult to imagine that you can tug one laptop after all the things you need to prepare for your daughter.

    I heard from my sister that she care about the weight of the diaper bag since some of them are heavy even when they are empty, so that is the first thing that comes to her when she checks on new diaper bags. Do you have the idea about the weight of your diaper bag, so we can compare it with the one she currently uses?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Matt,

      Haha, I will admit that I don’t carry my laptop along often but if I’m going somewhere overnight, then I do. My laptop is also really lightweight so it doesn’t feel too heavy.

      This backpack diaper bag doesn’t feel heavy at all when we carry it. I checked the specs and it’s 1.95 lbs and that’s including the changing pad.

  4. I am so hoping this will come handy to me one day, fingers crossed!

    I enjoyed reading your article as well as looking at your recommendations for diaper essentials.

    Many Thanks
    Best wishes

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