what’s in your bag: diaper edition

April 19, 2012

Ahhh, how things have changed. Four years ago, I wrote about the contents of my white coat while serving time (yeah, pretty much what it felt like) in the pediatric ICU. I followed this up with a much happier fellowship what’s in your bag addition for 2010.

blast from the past
And now, well, it’s only logical to share the contents of our diaper bag!

In truth, when I planned to write up this sponsored post, I had visions of having figured out the perfect collection of baby armaments: a cute, stylish array of gear to help in any diapering (or other) emergency on-the-go. And maybe someday I will!

However, as I type this, Annabel is five days old and I am just a greenhorn mom, trying to figure things out as I go. (How long to burp? How tight to swaddle? How much to worry about each and every little sound that our baby girl emits during the night?) So perhaps I will just lay out the elements of our newbie diaper bag, and ask for veteran mom help! I would love to know what has come in handy in the stickiest (or stinkiest) of situations.

Here’s our gear:

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget the diapers — we have a few stacks of them peeking out of the bottom compartment! Otherwise, we’re traveling pretty light right now, mostly because I’ll probably be learning from experience the items worth hauling around.

In the picture: wipes, wallet, phone, baby socks (we seem to lose these everywhere already), changing pad, keys, pen/paper (that’s her feeding record of the past 5 days!) and that’s about it. Not shown (because they are with her or on her person at the moment): hat, swaddling blanket, burp cloth.

So that’s it — just the basics for now, but I’m open to any and all new ideas!

What have been your diaper bag saviors? Anything totally unexpected that has been completely worth hauling around? I’ve got lots of room (and pockets) to fill, and a lot to learn.Don’t forget to check out the Huggies Mommy Answers Facebook app and then visit the Huggies page on BlogHer.com to read about other bloggers’ who share their own experiences of motherhood.


  • Reply Melissa hall March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Extra outfit for her, extra top for you! I have used the top for me more often than the clothes for her!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      GOOOOD point! will add it!

  • Reply rhinophylla March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I second the need for an extra baby outfit. I also carry around gallon size zip lock bags to put the dirty diapers in after diaper changes at friend’s houses or in parked cars…. basically anywhere there is not a public trash can. That way the entire bag can go in the trash when you get home and you don’t have to re-handle the dirty diaper.

  • Reply Alison March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Hand sanitizer for after diaper changes when you’re not in a bathroom, extra outfit, nursing cover, extra pacifier(s), extra burp cloth, ziplock bags, granola bar… those are the things I use all the time!

  • Reply heather March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I always have my nursing cover in the bag and a change of clothes for my little man. Hand sanitizer, arm and hammer baggies, and most recently I added a sunscreen stick.

  • Reply Emily Malone March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Extra pacifiers, and an extra blanket! Also an extra hat. Little things that you sometimes end up forgetting when you leave, and it’s nice to have once you’re already out!

  • Reply diana March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Plastic bags, extra clothes and at least one more diaper than you think you might need!

  • Reply Krista March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Definitely an extra outfit…and if you have the room, a third outfit is a good idea 🙂 You never know!

  • Reply Morgan March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    To this day (and Aaron is 18 months old), I NEVER leave the house without an extra outfit (or 2), plastic bags for diapers and a snack for myself.

  • Reply Christina March 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    She’s so precious! I’m not a mom but I read this in a magazine, although maybe she’s too young for this . . .what I read was that the mom kept a couple finger puppets in her diaper bag and said it was a miracle for distracting and cheering-up a cranky baby or kid.

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  • Reply Lisa March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Agree with the others! extra clothes and rubbish bags!

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Someone beat me to the big ones–Extra outfit(S) for baby & plastic bags are key for disasters. I also keep mine stocked with quick energy-on-the-go for myself (so important if you are BFing) & tuck a $10 + bus tokens in a hidden pocket for emergencies. Oh, and a larger blanket/nursing cover if you may be BF-ing on the go & are super-modest, like me. When she’s a little older you’ll want some kind of toy to entertain her with. It’s actually easy at this age. My toddler’s diaper bag is stuffed to the gills with snacks/sippy cups/books & toys.

  • Reply Erica March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Others have pointed out the extra outfit for baby and extra top for mom. I also keep hand sanitizer in there in case I need to feed my son while we’re out and about. I have a nursing cover that I take while we are out but we’re still early days here, so the only places I’ve nursed in public have been at Babies R US and Buy Buy Baby in their nursing rooms! ANd yes, bags for dirty diapers! Someone bought us a little bag dispenser that has small bags that are from Arm and Hammer, and those are great for wrapping up diapers on the go!

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