Newborn and Mother Care

10 Things All Diaper Bags Must Have

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When I became a mother, I got a few diaper bags as gifts for my newborn. However, none came along with the advice as to what to put inside. Every time I stepped outside, I filled up a diaper bag with stuff I thought I would need only to realise later that though some things came in handy, I had completely forgotten to put some important things in it for the baby. After a few trials, I almost got it there. Sharing my suggestions for what a first time mommy should carry in a diaper bag.

Quick Dry Sheet: It soaks little one’s urine up to 8 times. Isn’t it just heaven-sent? Use it as a changing sheet or just for some diaper-free time for your tiny tot.

Cotton Dupatta: It’s another multi-utility thing that should absolutely go in your diaper bag. It doubles up, no triples up as a nursing cover, soft blanket or a baby-wrap. Agreed that it isn’t as cool as the many cute baby blankets available in the market, but it sure wins some points in being innovative. Use a bright printed dupatta to add a little colour and style.

Plastic bag: Always carry a few black plastic bags; they not only come in handy for throwing soiled diapers but also for storing soiled clothes, bibs etc.

Water Bottle: A water bottle/feeder/sippy cup for you as well as your little one.

Formula and snacks: Carry a bottle of formula/dairy if you are bottle-feeding your child. For an older child, always carry some snacks/titbits to munch. I carried snacks in stay-put suction bowls that attached themselves to any surface and didn’t come off easily.

Change of clothes: Never, I mean never step out of your home without carrying extra clothes for your little one. It might be for only 30 minutes, but accidents don’t plan and happen. I always used to carry two pairs of clothes and also one for me in the diaper bag. Even now, when my daughter is almost three years old, I carry one change of clothes for her. They are kids; you can’t expect them not to spill food or fall down and get dirty.

Toys: Rattles, teethers, pacifiers or board books; anything that works to keep your little one engaged. 🙂

Diapers: Don’t even imagine leaving the house without a few diapers in the bag. An absolute must!

Wipes and Sanitizers: Baby wipes to clean the baby and sanitizing gels and napkins to make you feel human again.

Napkins: If your baby drools (most of them do), always carry some napkins. They can also double up as burp pads.

Mosquito repellent: And last but not the least a mosquito repellent spray, cream (I use Chicco’s) or patch. I may sound like a paranoid mother, but you can never be sure where you find those ghastly insects. And seeing those ugly red swollen patches on my little baby’s skin breaks my heart.

Have I left something that should be added as a diaper bag essential? Feel free to add in the comment and I would be obliged.


  1. So true about the change of clothes. I still make my teens at least bring a different shirt just in case! But I always put a tube of sunscreen in my diaper bag. You never know when your car will break down, or something happens and you need to be outside.
    Thanks for the good advice.

  2. Hi…a very good list of must haves.. could you tell me which brand of quick dry sheets you used…

    • HI Neethu..thanks so much for appreciating my effort. I used quick dry sheets of Quick Dry brand only. Actually Quick Dry is a brand you will get at any mom-child store, but most of us have made it a generic name. Like how, people say Maggi for all type of noodles.

      • Ahhh I got that..Wen I googled, I found what u meant..Pardon me but since childhood we call it rubber sheet 🙈🙈and i already have 4 of them..So when I read quick dry I thot some kind of diaper substitute so…🙈

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