With five kids in eight years, I’ve become an expert on efficiently packing a diaper bag. When we just had Sophie I brought everything I thought I could possibly need. When Bella arrived 20 months later, I brought everything I need times 2. And then Sam arrived….and I realized that I either needed to get a bigger diaper bag or I needed to re-evaluate what I was toting around with me. Here are 5 simple steps to streamline your diaper bag and make sure you have what you need when you need it!
Disclaimer – this post is sponsored by Beech-Nut. I was compensated for my time and received Beech Nut foods to include in this post. The links provided are not affiliate links. Thank you.
How to Efficiently Pack a Diaper Bag:
Step 1 – Unpack your existing Diaper Bag. Empty shake out the animal cracker crumbs, mop up the spilled sucker or yogurt, and start with a fresh clean bag.
Step 2 – only bring what you NEED for the time you will be out. That’s 1 outfit per child, 1 pr of underwear/pull up, 2-3 diapers, wipes, etc. You don’t need to pack for a month! If you need more, consider packing an OOPS bag and leave it in your car. Then add snacks, drinks, toys, etc to the pile.
Step 3 – pack smart. Put the changing pad on the bottom, then the clothes stacked in order. Add diapers/pullups to side pockets. Next add in toys and snack on top where you can easily grab them.
Step 4 – don’t forget extra wipes (I love the Honest brand) and a first aid kit.
Step 5 – zip your bag up and you are good to go! If you need to, you should have room for a camera, wallet, etc. The goal is to have a functional bag that will allow you to grab what you need when you need it, instead of having to dig through the entire bag to get what you are looking for.
Bonus step – get in the habit of going through your diaper bag when you get home and pull out what you used, and then restock it so you are ready to go!
You can click on the image above to download a free Diaper Bag Check List to save you time. You can print it on cardstock, laminate it and use a dry erase marker to keep track of what you need!
Here’s a look inside my diaper bag. I use a JJ Cole Bucket Tote bag and I LOVE it! I bought it on sale at Babies R Us and it’s my all time favorite bag. I’ve also used a Petunia Pickle Bottom bag and a few Carters diaper bags.
What’s in my Diaper Bag:
- Diapers – 3 diapers for Sweet Pea; 2 diapers for Little Man
- Underwear – 1 pair of underwear for Sam.
- Clothes – 1 outfit for Sweet Pea; 1 outfit for Little Man; 1 outfit for Sam.
- Changing pad (on the bottom of the bag)
- First Aid Kit
- 6-7 Band aids. At the moment we are stocking Star Wars and Rapunzel.
- First Aid Cream
- Hand wipes – you can never have too many!
- Kleenex – handy for runny noses and to clean up a scrape.
- Tweezers and Nail clippers – splinters and nails.
- Vaseline – chapped lips, scrapes, chapped skin
- Q-Tips – cleaning wounds, dabbing on cream
- Small toys/books/teething rings. I love this adorable PaciPal from Boogin Head and my go to teethers and toys are from O Ball because they are pretty, easy to clean and indestructible!
- Snacks for the boys – right now we are loving Beech-Nut Quinoa Crispies, Beech-Nut Strawberry Fruit Bars and Beech-Nut yogurt melties. For Sweet Pea I pack 2 jars of Beech Nut natural baby food, and Beech Nut Cereal on the Go. By the way – these might be the greatest invention ever!! No more pouring dry cereal in a container, then making sure you have liquid to mix it – these pouches squeeze and serve. I love them!!
- Small mat to lay food on for either Sweet Pea or Little Man. I love this one from Neat Solutions – the Sili Stick Table Topper because it cleans up fast, folds compactly and doesn’t absorb food smells.
- Spoons for baby food. I just found these infant spoons from Re Play. I love that Re-Play infant spoons are made from recycled milk jugs so not only are they better for your child, they are better for your environment! It’s a win-win!
If we are going to be gone for a longer periods of time I make sure to grab a few more snacks for the girls, but that’s it. Keeping the diaper bag stocked has been such a time saver – I no longer stress about trying to pack the diaper bag when I’m trying to get five kids out the door. Now I just grab it and go!
I’d love to know what’s hiding in YOUR diaper bag?!