The diaper bag…it can be my best friend or my worst nightmare.  If I pack everything I could need, it is my best friend.  If I forget something, it is a nightmare, mostly because I end up lugging around a large, heavy bag with minimal items I need to keep the kiddos happy.  I have found that if I keep the diaper bag and car stocked with everything we could need, I am setting myself up for success!  I’m sharing some of the items that I need to keep in my diaper bag to keep me  ready at every stage my kiddos have been through.  I will be sharing what I keep in the car very soon.  I posted a year ago about what I had packed in the diaper bag with some graphics.  I decided to update the list because back when I posted, I only had one kiddo and now I have two toddlers, so I have learned a few things along the way!

Infant:

When Eli was first-born, I thought I needed everything possible in the diaper bag.  I quickly learned that I didn’t need much for him when he was an infant.  I always made sure I had:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Changing Pad
  • Extra Clothes
  • Burp Rags (my kids spit up, so I always had like 12 in the diaper bag)
  • Pacifier
  • Nursing Cover
  • Blankets
  • Seasonal Gear (hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc.)

 

I put everything into Ziploc bags because if anything got soiled, I could throw it in the bag and not have to worry about things getting full of baby poop in the diaper bag.

Packing The Diaper Bag - Food-Items

Eating Solids:

Once Eli started to eat solids, I had to add more things to the diaper bag in addition to all the items I had before.

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Changing Pad
  • Extra Clothes
  • Burp Rags
  • Pacifier
  • Nursing Cover
  • Blankets
  • Seasonal Gear (hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Disposable Bibs
  • Place Mats
  • Food
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Bottle
  • Small Toys
  • Sippy Cup
  • Snack Food

 

I added some disposable bibs and place mats along with his food, bowls, spoons and possibly a bottle.  I always made sure I had extra clothes because he would always get messy when he ate.

I got both the Table Topper place mats and Munchkin disposable bibs at Target.  We tried the reusable place mats and bringing bibs from home, but I would either forget to clean them, or would forget them at the restaurant.  For our family, this is the easiest solution for having a nice meal outside the home.

Then, when he started to eat items off the menu at restaurants, I added some toys to keep him occupied along with some snacky foods and a sippy cup.

The toys really vary from books, finger puppets, textured flashcards on a ring and a small race car.  Eli usually didn’t play with anything I brought, but would rather look around/walk around the restaurant, play with the spoons and straws and anything else on the table!

Packing The Diaper Bag List

Toddler and Infant:

Then, Adleigh was born.  I needed a lot more things in the diaper bag.  I had to have:

  • Diapers For Both Kids
  • Wipes (Lots Of Wipes)
  • Changing Pad
  • Extra Clothes For Both Kids
  • Burp Rags
  • Pacifier
  • Nursing Cover
  • Blankets
  • Seasonal Gear (hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Disposable Bibs
  • Place Mats
  • Food
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Bottle
  • Small Toys
  • Sippy Cup
  • Snack Food

 

I kept toys for both kids in the diaper bag because if we would be at a friend’s house, I wasn’t always sure if they would have something for Adleigh to play with.

Packing The Diaper Bag Toys

Toddler and Eating Solids:

As Adleigh grew, I added more of her things to the diaper bag.  Now I needed double of everything, which included:

  • Diapers For Both Kids
  • Wipes (Lots Of Wipes)
  • Changing Pad
  • Extra Clothes For Both Kids
  • Burp Rags
  • Pacifier
  • Blankets
  • Seasonal Gear (hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Disposable Bibs
  • Place Mats
  • Food For Both Kids
  • Bowls For Both Kids
  • Spoons
  • Bottle
  • Toy For Both Kids
  • Sippy Cups For Both Kids
  • Snack Food For Both Kids

 

Packing The Diaper Bag Purse Items

Two Toddlers:

Now, with two toddlers, I have gotten rid of a lot of the baby items and have replaced that with a lot of snacks and sippy cups!  I also stopped carrying around a purse in addition to the diaper bag.  I make sure I have:

  • Diapers For Both Kids
  • Wipes (Lots Of Wipes)
  • Changing Pad
  • Extra Clothes For Both Kids
  • Seasonal Gear (hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Place Mats
  • Food For Both Kids
  • Toy And Books For Both Kids
  • Sippy Cups For Both Kids
  • Snack Food For Both Kids

 

I also have a make-up bag filled with items such as band-aids, Boogie wipes, tampons, chap stick and lip gloss.  Since I have given up bringing a purse and a diaper bag with me, this has been the best option.  I also have a zip-up wallet that I also keep in the diaper bag.  If I have to run in somewhere and don’t want to bring the diaper bag, I can just carry the wallet.

Packing The Diaper Bag Extra Clothes

Preschooler and Toddler:

Once Eli starts toilet training, I will be packing three-four extra outfits for him in the diaper bag, each in individual Ziploc bags.  If he has an accident, I have a bag that can hold is soiled clothes and don’t have to worry about cramming it into one bag if he ends up having multiple accidents.  I will also carry a portable toilet cover so he can feel comfortable going to the bathroom in a public stall.  I will also carry diapers, wipes, changing pad and extra clothes for Adleigh, as she won’t be toilet trained yet.

My diaper bag will consist of:

  • Diapers For The Toddler and A Diaper For The Preschooler
  • Wipes
  • Changing Pad
  • Portable Toilet Seat
  • Extra Clothes For Both Kids (And By Extra I Mean A Lot For The Preschooler!)
  • Seasonal Gear (hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Food For Both Kids
  • Toy And Books For Both Kids
  • Sippy Cups For Both Kids
  • Snack Food For Both Kids

 

I will also keep extra clothes in the car to make sure we aren’t anywhere without a change of clothes.  I have heard of people bringing a training potty in their car, so this might also be a possibility for us, but I will know when we get to that next step!  I shared how I organized the car with extra supplies.

By keeping your diaper bag stocked with goodies for every stage, I hope you will never run out of clothes or diapers or wipes again!  I know that is wishful thinking, but I have to try!  Is there anything I forgot to add to my diaper bag list?  I’d love to hear your insight about what your favorite products are for the diaper bag at every stage!  Please share them with me by emailing me or leaving a comment below!

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