It’s relatively fun and stress-free to pack the baby’s diaper bag for the first time. You layer in those adorably printed diapers, the plant-based water wipes, a sweet vintage binkie, and a cute snack that looks impossibly chic when you’re chewing it, baby on hip, smile on face, and you’re off on an adventure. But once you’ve done it a few times, and have been caught without an outfit for the kinds a massive blowout, you’ll want to be sure you have ALL the things you need before leaving the house – whether you’re heading to mom’s, the doctor’s office, a playdate with someone you’ve been chatting up, or even just a quick run to buybuyBABY — yep, we’re well aware of the irony.
Here are some VIP (very important packing) categories to organize your bag:
Because a diaper bag doesn’t get its notorious name without them. These
soft-as-a-lamb diapers with a cloth-like feel, high-pile touch, and 3D advanced webbing for plushness, are precisely the picks you’ll want to stash in your caryall. They have a crazy-high liquid capacity, so even if you don’t pack enough (a basic rule of thumb is one diaper for every two hours you expect to be out, plus a couple extras just in case), your little’s tush will be absorbing at all-star level.
Soft diapers and soft wipes go together like sourdough toast and avocados (probs the best thing to eat before you’re heading out, too). These multipurpose, gently-cleansing wipes are made from 100% bamboo fibers that makes them naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and biodegradable. Not only are the wipes silky smooth for their delicate skin, they’ve also got properties that help to reduce and eliminate odor causing bacteria. Major win, right there.
You might throw a burp cloth or two (maybe even some bibs) into your bag, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of reason to want an extra tee in there to swap out spit up or pee stains — baby boys, IYKYK. This
ultra-comfy tee by HATCH was actually designed with nursing in mind, so it has a second overlayer at the front that pulls open to a discreet center slit for easy-access feeds. It’s ready for anything, and pairs 💯 with our skinny and boyfriend jeans.
Diaper bags usually come
with the changing pad, but when you head out for the “day,” you’ll probably want to bring in backup. This stylish changing kit slash clutch can store everything from spare diapers and creams to wipes, and you can quickly unfold it for changing time, wherever. We like keeping a traditional changing pad in the diaper bag and a next-level kit like this in the trunk of the car.
Dirty diapers, wet, soiled clothes, these bags take aim at the hard stuff and with tens of thousands of 5-star reviews, they obvi do it very well.
These Wet Bags are made from the same waterproof fabric as Bumkins award-winning SuperBib, and they feature heat-sealed seams for true waterproof protection. A smooth zipper closure locks away the mess and single-ply construction means no worrying about icky stuff growing between layers of fabric.
It’s really a bonding experience when you go out into the wild with baby; they’ve got bodily fluids escaping them, and if you’re breastfeeding, chances are you do too. But with these
super soft, OEKO-TEX-certified safe cotton nursing pads nestled securely into some secret pocket of your bag, you’ll never have to sprint to the bathroom in pursuit of toilet paper you can shove in your bra again. FY!!
There’s coffee. And then there are
caffeinated protein bars, which can help us power through when we need it, just with the much more mellow, read: jitter-free, effect of organic green tea. The chocolate chip banana bread bars are so delish (it’s the crunchy cacao nibs that do it for us) and jam-packed with 10g of plant protein. Plus, we’ve seen Shawn Johnson and her hubs eat them, so there’s influencer-mom kind of prestige at play… Set that bar high, mama!
It’s easy to say pack an extra outfit or two for when the s*** hits the fan, but is it romper weather or do they need a few layers? That’s why we’re always hype girls for pajamas, especially the soft, cuddly pairs that babies just live in.
A one-piece footie PJ made from a baby rib knit with dreamy, cozy lining in the feet will hit right every time. The all-over mini stars print is gender neutral (extra passdown potential), and the convertible mitts are a parent fave forever.
If you’re running errands or shuttling back and forth all over the place, you’re going to sweat, especially over the course of early postpartum. You’ll need a clean,
pregnancy and postpartum-safe deodorant that actually works, and ours just does. Designed with sensitive, hormonal skin in mind, this all natural, mineral-enriched deodorant is packed with nutrients that will leave your skin soothed and fresh all day long. Free from aluminum and baking soda, it’s naturally scented with a Japanese citrus and calming chamomile blend. BUHBYE stank.
Whether you’re strictly nursing, bottle feeding with formula, or combination feeding in some way, if formula is part of your journey — in at least some regard — then you probably want to have a trusty cache and an unopened water bottle on you at all times. This airtight,
buckle-locked formula dispenser holds all of your powdered formula for easy scoops and scrapes (the scraper design is there to make sure you don’t waste any of this liquid gold, it’s just as precious) and bottle mixing. It doesn’t warm up the bottle too, but it definitely helps make the process of bringing formula to and fro simpler.
All of these nightmare-ish, in the moment anecdotes will pave the way for your best parenting stories to reveal themselves one day. But when you’re there with your kid, and they can’t cope anymore because their oatmeal puppy is nowhere to be found, it’s not a fun time. We say stock up on
the loveys they can’t live without, and never let your diaper bag see the light of day without them. When they’re as cute and heirloom-inspired as this one, you can quietly let the “but we’re not a stuffed animals family” comments go.