Diaper Bag Essentials

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As I approach the, “Holy Moly, I better get ready for an infant!” stage, I’ve been starting to put together my diaper bag and hospital bag for baby #3!  I feel like I’ve come a long way in packing my diaper bag.  When I had Rocco, I was (obviously) a first time mom and packed him up as if we were going away for a week!  I had multiple changes of clothes, 15 diapers, a couple of books…

because you know, an infant needs a soft book to look at. (???)

A few rattles (again, never know, right?)… YES, I was new at the whole ‘mama’ thing.  I got better with time and then Roman came along!  My diaper bag got smaller; I learned that I didn’t need 20 some diapers and 5 changes of clothes.  Sometimes I even forgot a thing or two (or five) and even switched to a purse every now and again!  (ooooo)  Well, I officially feel like I’m well prepared to run around with 2 toddlers and an infant.  I’m ready to pull out my good ole’ diaper bag again but I’m currently on the hunt for something more ‘purse-like’ and new for this coming Spring/Summer!

Take a peek inside… These are my Diaper Bag Essentials!

(And no, Sophie is not an ‘essential’… I’m just so darn excited to carry her around!)

– The Breakdown –

(Click the pretty purple words for my recommendations, pics & purchasing!)

Hand Sanitizer– Needs no explanation. Stock up and always have one in your bag!

Coach Wristlet with Key Attachment- I grab this wristlet daily, leaving my diaper bag in the car to run a quick errand.  My keys are attached, ID, money and CC’s are in one place; I carry the baby and go!  No need to lug the diaper bag.  This is a definite must-have for me!

Kleenex Tissues- For me and my 2 toddlers.

Toasty PB Crackers– I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself in ’emergency’ situations and have needed something to eat.  When I landed in the ER with Roman, when I was stuck in traffic with the kids, when I forgot to eat breakfast and ran out the door.  I always keep a pack of PB Crackers in my purse/diaper-bag.  ALWAYS.

Lunchskins– Filled with snacks for the boys (age 3 & 4).  Must-Have!  Pretzels, fruit snacks, graham crackers… I always like to have something for them in my bag.

Maybooks ‘Baby Diary’– It’s a newborn schedule journal and super cool.  The inside pages feature colored charts to track feeding and sleeping schedules, dirty diapers, pediatrician notes, etc!  For me, it doubles as a notebook and it’s great to have for that new-mom/no sleep brain!

Burp Cloth– Babies spit.  Almost every feeding.  You need a burp cloth.  Not 3… 1 will do.

LynnieBBags Coin Purse– Holds my lip stick, softlips and Tylenol.

Pacifier in Paci Pod– I’m not a fan of ‘loose pacifiers’.  In my opinion, it must have a clean and accessible ‘home’!



Changing Pad- For when the public restroom doesn’t have a changing table.  Our TJMaxx doesn’t have one. Crazy, right?

Aden + Anais Lightweight Blanket- The blankets I’ve carried have served many purposes over the years.  I’ve used them during an unexpected down-pour, to cover the car-seat when our baby falls asleep, as a changing ‘pad’ and even a nursing cover too!

1 Extra Outfit for Baby- Because yes, you will have a diaper blowout.

Burt’s Bees Dusting Powder– Of all the brands and kinds of powder on the market, this is my FAVORITE!  I even special order it when our local stores run out (that’s a ‘big deal’ for me).  I like it because it doesn’t get ‘clumpy’ and keeps baby fresh and clean!

LynnieBBags Diaper Clutch– MUST-HAVE!  Keeps all the diaper changing ‘stuff’ organized in one place and is easy to grab when it’s time to change.  Clutch holds 1 plastic wipes case, 5-6 Newborn diapers and 1 tube of Diaper Rash Cream.

Diaper Bag Dispenser & Bags– I used to carry 1-2 loose grocery store plastic bags (as shown above) but this dispenser is on my list of ‘things to buy’ for baby #3!

Sophie the Giraffe– She’s not a necessity but I’ve wanted her since I found out we were pregnant and will carry her proud until little one can hold her!

*EXTRAS* A few extras that are missing from the list depends on the ‘feeding route’ you take with your baby.  If your baby is bottle fed, you will obviously need to carry formula and bottles and if your baby is breast fed, you might want to carry a nursing cover and an extra set of breast pads too.

 And that. is. it. for me! For now.

Like I said, I’m still searching for a new Spring/Summer ‘diaper’ bag because:  1. It’s always nice to have something new when you have a new baby and 2. I’d like a large bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag but more of a purse.  Not to mention, I like changing purses in general so its great to have diaper bag changes too!

Here are a couple of diaper bags I found in my search:

Storksak Diaper Bag- The ‘Kate’ is my favorite for Spring Summer.

Timi & Leslie Charlie Leather Diaper Bag- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag & love that it doesn’t look like a diaper bag!  I love the mustard color for Spring/Summer but if you’re expecting a Fall/Winter baby, the Cocoa/Brown is perfect.  It comes in many other colors and is both functional and fashionable!


So tell me, what’s in your Diaper Bag?


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  1. Shauna Clarke says:

    I have the Timi & Leslie Charlie Leather Diaper Bag (in black) that you mention above. I bought it when I had my second child, and for the same reason you want it. It looks like a purse but still has the functionality of a diaper bag. A neighbor of mine actually has the same one, too – and we both have the same complaint: it is huge and HEAVY. I used it mostly when my daughter was first born, and then got tired of lugging it around so I switched to a lighter diaper bag, and then eventually to a big purse (she’s 19 months now). I actually just switched back to the Charlie a week or so ago because of the yucky weather (the leather is easy to wipe off). I was quickly reminded why I put it in the closet several months ago.
    Anyway, good luck with your search for a bag – if I were you, I’d just stick with that super cute KS one! :)

    • Angelique says:

      Shauna! Thank You so much for taking the time to write! I will definitely look into another bag after what you told me about the weight of this one. Who wants a heavy bag while toting an infant and managing toddlers too? Really appreciate it 😉 Btw, any recommendations?

  2. Kristan says:

    Great post! I will share this with my friends that are new moms. I have used the Aden + Anais swaddling blankets for years and I can’t agree more what an all-purpose item they are. They are totally worth the money. Target came out with a less expensive version by Aden + Anais (They measure 44 x 44, instead of 47 x 47). Both of my kids really enjoyed the Dream blanket made by Aden also. You might want to check it out for a thicker muslin blanket.

  3. Kristan Marchewka says:

    I always carry the travel size tubes of Aquaphor. Great for baby’s diaper changes, chapped lips, cuts and scrapes, and so much more!

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