The New Mama's Guide to Diaper Bag Must-Haves (+ Free Checklist!)

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       It is FRIDAY, YA'LL, finally. I am so guilty of being that person who works for the weekend - I definitely need to work on slowing down and not wishing the work-week would hurry up and move a little faster. Although, as a mom I already feel like time is moving way faster than it should. Ezra turned 7 months old yesterday! It's so cliche to say, but time has literally flown by, I thought he was just a newborn like, last week. I shared a video on my Facebook page (follow me here!) which expressed the sentiment that "the nights are long, but the years are short", and it's SO true. Although I may be guilty of wishing time would move faster, I will NEVER wish the same for Ezra's babyhood. I struggled so much in the beginning as a new mom, which made it easy to say things like "ugh I can't wait until 'blank' ", whether that'd be getting a full night's sleep, or something like being able to go out in public without Ezra getting too fussy. But now looking back, I wish I would have cherished that newborn stage a little bit more.

        Today on the blog, I wanted to get in touch with my fellow new moms out there who need one less thing to worry about, while you're trying to savor every moment with your tiny newborn babe, and that is: what you're going to put into your diaper bag. There are a zillion checklists out there, and a million different diaper bags to choose from, so believe me, I know it can get overwhelming. But today I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite things to keep in my diaper bag and give you the scoop on what you really need - for the first 6 months anyway. I touched on my favorites below, but I also provided a FREE checklist for you, so you can stay organized and not get too overwhelmed. Even better, everything in this post can be purchased right from Amazon! Amazon Prime has seriously been the best thing to have as a parent, because we can order diapers and whatever-else and have it delivered the next day.

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The Bag // This lovely maroon backpack by Kute N' Koo is actually the second diaper bag I've used since Ezra's been born. The first one was one that I'd picked out while still pregnant and was a gorgeous, grey, over-the-shoulder bag - monogrammed and all - but the only downfall? It is HUGE. It has a zillion pockets and will be great for our family vacation this summer (and any subsequent trips with babies/toddlers), but as Ezra grew, the size of the bag became a nuisance, and I needed something that could let me be hands free, yet still still be practical.

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     I never thought I'd want a backpack for a diaper bag, but oh boy was I so wrong. This bag is big enough to fit everything I need, yet it's not bulky or heavy in the slightest. It even includes a changing pad, which can be stored in a discreet side pocket. You're given five stylish colors to choose from, which all have the signature teal interior. There are LOTS of interior pockets, as well as two exterior on the front of the bag, plus two insulated side pockets. Seriously, you can't go wrong with a bag like this, and bonus: it can even fit a 13-inch laptop. Uhhh #MomBoss anyone??

Wet Bag //  Whether you choose to use cloth or traditional diapers, a wet bag is always a good thing to have in your diaper bag, for those occasional blow-outs or spit-up mishaps that leave you with a pile of dirty laundry. Throw it all into the wet bag, and worry about it when you get home! We have this one from Bum Genius! It's seriously been a life-saver.

Boogie Wipes // One of those things I always saw on store shelves and thought to myself "what a gimmick, why can't you just use a tissue." Well everyone, I'm here to say that sometimes you, in fact, cannot just use a tissue. Boogie Wipes are moistened with natural saline & are perfect for face and nose wiping. I use these at home and on the go!

Toys & Books // For distracting baby the old-fashioned way, amirite? I always keep a couple small books and some of Ezra's favorite teethers in our bag. He LOVES these Sugarbooger Happy Cactus teethers right now. He literally gnaws on them. The textured cactus feels good on little teeth and gums, and the handle at the bottom makes it easy to grasp. Not to mention they're SO dang cute. I originally found these in a small, local shop, so scoop these up on Amazon while you can, as they might not be available in a store near you!

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Snacks for Mom & Baby //  Another no-brainer, right? For when your child starts throwing a fit just as you're about to bite into your delicious lunch. Snacks for baby can be any number of things, based on the age of your child. I haven't given Ezra any snacks yet, but I have a few of those teething biscuits in my bag for now. For me, I love the Enjoy Life Baked Chewy Bars in the caramel apple flavor (this link takes you to a multi-pack but you can get these at Sprouts or on Vitacost if you want to just try one box to start!) They are free of the 8 most common allergens and gluten-free. These would actually make a great snack for an older child as well!

These are just a few of my must-have items, but I've put together a whole list that you can download for FREE here! I even left some spaces at the end of the list for you to add any additional things specific to you and your baby, that you would NOT want to forget in your bag. Enjoy!

What are some of your diaper bag must-haves? Leave them down in the comments!

  1. So glad I came across this article. My youngest is about to be 7 and I have to go to my cousins baby shower next weekend and totally forgot what all goes into a diaper bag, LOL!

    1. Awesome! So glad to hear you found this useful. :)

  2. That bag looks great, it's compact but you can fit so much into it! And snacks for mother and baby are definitely a no brainer!

    1. Yes! Pretty sure I'd use this bag even if I didn't have a baby hahaha.

  3. I love this diaper bag! It seriously fits everything you'd need and looks so cute!


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