How to Pack a Diaper Bag: From Newborns to Toddlers

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Hey there, new moms! If you’re like me, then there’s a good chance you’ve stood staring at your half-packed diaper bag, wondering if you’ve forgotten something important. Don’t worry; I’ve got your back. Through trial and error (and let’s not forget the occasional frantic car searches for that elusive pacifier), I’ve perfected the art of packing a diaper bag. And, because sharing is caring, here’s a nifty list for all those stages of babyhood. Before getting too deep into this topuc, make sure to checkout my post on diapering essentials first!

Newborn Necessities

Overcoming Intrusive Thoughts as a new mom

Ah, the sweet, tiny, oh-so-delicate newborns! With their tiny toes and even tinier outfits. Here’s what you’ll need for your newest bundle of joy:

  • Diapers: Trust me, you can never pack too many.
  • Wipes: Because… well, you know why.
  • Travel Ubbi bags: For the not-so-pleasant surprises.
  • Outfit change: Spit-ups, spills, and whoopsies happen.
  • Diaper rash cream & spatula: Your tiny one’s tush will thank you.
  • Bottle: Hungry tummies don’t wait.
  • Ceres chill filled with warm water: A warm bottle can be a mood changer.
  • Formula portion container: Pre-measured and ready to mix.
  • Dapple wipes: For on-the-go clean-ups.
  • Nipple pads: To avoid those unexpected wet spots.
  • Hand pump: Sometimes, you just need it.
  • 2 burp cloths: Spit happens.
  • Nipple shield & cream: For those tender moments.
  • Extra pacifier: Because these things have a magical way of disappearing.

Items for the Just-In-Case Moments

While these items aren’t essential every outing, they’re lifesavers if you’re out for more than a couple of hours:

  • Breast pump (with the works: tubing, backflow protectors, flanges, pump bottles, duckbill valves, and more)
  • More dapple wipes and nipple balm for those extended trips.

Infant Adventures


​​As they wiggle, giggle, and start to explore, here’s the arsenal you’d want in your diaper bag for those infant escapades:

  • Diapers: Because nature calls at the most unexpected times.
  • Wipes: The unsung heroes of cleanliness.
  • Travel Ubbi bags: Quick and easy disposal.
  • Outfit change: Because accidents aren’t just for newborns.
  • Diaper rash cream & spatula: Comfort first!
  • Bottle: The best way to silence a tiny growling stomach.
  • Ceres chill filled with warm water: Always ready for bottle-time.
  • Formula portion container: Just pour, shake, and serve!
  • Dapple wipes: For those little mishaps.
  • Nipple pads: Keeping things dry.
  • Hand pump: Because, well, life’s unpredictable.
  • 1 burp cloth: Fewer spit-ups but always be prepared!
  • Nipple cream: For your comfort.
  • Extra pacifier: These still have that magical disappearing act.
  • Toys and teethers that don’t roll away: Perfect for those distract-me-now moments.

When Solids Enter the Scene (Around 6 months)

Ah, the fun, messy world of solids! Here’s your mealtime arsenal:

  • Spoon: For those tiny, open-mouthed birds.
  • Baby food: The messier, the yummier.
  • Snacks: Munching on-the-go.
  • Dapple wipes: The messier the food, the more of these you’ll need.
  • Apron or bib: AKA the ‘Mess Shield’.
  • Optional plate or placemats: Sometimes, it’s just easier.
  • Cup: Hydration station!

Trotting Toddler Times

Bird eye view of a one year old baby boy child holding sticks and playing a musical instrument

Those little feet are on the move and their needs change just as fast. Here’s your toddler-tailored diaper bag checklist:

  • Diapers: They’re still a must, even if you’re using fewer.
  • Wipes: For messy hands, faces, and just about everything else.
  • Travel Ubbi bags: Handy for those “Oops, we did it again” moments.
  • Outfit change: Mud puddles, food spills… you never know.
  • Diaper rash cream & spatula: Their bottoms still need some TLC.
  • Dapple wipes: Clean toys, hands, or even a table in a jiffy.
  • Extra pacifier: In case of emergencies (or lost ones).
  • Toys and teethers: Distraction is key.
  • Abundance of snacks in a wet bag: Because hunger strikes often.
  • Eating utensils: For when they want to “do it themselves!”
  • Hand sanitizer or hand wipes: Toddlers touch everything. EVERYTHING.
  • Toddler cup: Stay hydrated, little explorer!

There you have it, from newborns to toddlers, the ultimate diaper bag checklist. Remember, as your little one grows and changes, so will your diaper bag needs. The key is to stay flexible, adapt, and always pack an extra snack (or two) for you too – because mama needs fuel! Embrace the journey, laugh at the spills, and cherish the memories.

Happy adventuring! 🌼