My Diaper Bag Essentials

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Any new mom knows how difficult it is to find a diaper bag that doesn’t have baby elephants on it or bright rainbow colors. I’m personally drawn to neutral colors like black and beige that blend into my wardrobe. For a while, I used my regular bag and would throw in a few diapers and a pack of wipes but now with three kids, it’s hard to get away with using only your purse. There is just so much stuff! If I take a minimalistic approach and only take the bare necessities, I end up needing what I left at home (like an extra onesie for a massive blow-out). For new moms, you will quickly learn what a blow out is. 🙂 Speaking of stuff, what are the diaper bag essentials that you can’t leave home without?

The first required baby item is a diaper bag you like and don’t mind carrying around. After three kids, I was excited to finally find a chic diaper bag that is functional and fits everything I need. The Béis diaper bag comes in black and beige with gold hardware and blends in nicely with my wardrobe. I actually enjoy carrying this bag. There are several pockets so you can organize everything you need and easily find it when you need something urgently. Other features – a changing pad, a cute pacifier pouch, a bag for dirty diapers, two bottle pouches, and a teething ring that is just as neutral and stylish. I never thought a teething ring could be stylish but here we are. You can see more items from the Béis baby collection here (I also have their weekender travel bag and cosmetic case). They have great packing cubes if you’re looking for more organization tools.

Below are the diaper bag essentials I always have with me. I eliminated a lot of these items before Brody was born because you don’t need much with a four- and three-year-old. Now with a newborn in the picture, it feels like we’ve come full circle. For a baby up to a year old, I recommend having these items with you. You truly never know what will save the day. 🙂


Pampers Pure Wipes

Pampers Pure Diapers

♥ Diaper ointment – I use Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment or A&D Original Diaper Rash Ointment

Disposable bags for dirty diapers


Disposable changing pad

♥ Changing pad (comes with diaper bag)

Hand Sanitizer 

Change of clothes – I have three changes of clothes for blow-outs and spit-ups. I learned my lesson the hard way, multiple times because I clearly never learn. I love the H&M conscious baby collection.

Burp clothes

Pacifier and clip – We also use the WabbaNub pacifier.


Sunscreen – for babies 6 months and up. I also keep one of these travel size sticks in my purse.

Dry snacks – for toddlers

Bandages – a recent but important addition. I use this little human repair kit (first aid kit) from Welly. It’s small and has the essentials.




When I have the diaper bag with me, I leave my purse at home and just put my wallet and cell phone in a side pocket. Here are a few essentials I have with me.

Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream

Summer Fridays Lip Balm

Other items for baby organization: I have this car storage unit that I keep in the trunk and it has been a game changer multiple times. I keep some of the same things in there plus a blanket and a set of pajamas for sleepovers at the grandparents’. I also bring the Potette with me on day trips. Now that we’re nearing the green phase in Philly, hopefully we’ll have some socially distant trips to look forward to in the near future.

Am I missing anything? Which diaper bag do you use? Leave a note in the comments. 

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