Ultimate Diaper Bag Essentials for Newborns

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Do you even need to pack a diaper bag for a newborn baby?

Girl, yes! You need to pack your baby’s diaper bag! Here’s what happened when I didn’t prepare a diaper bag for my newborn baby…

During pregnancy, I planned on keeping JC at home, safe in our little bubble, away from the world’s nasty germs. Welp, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plan. When JC was about five days old, I noticed that he looked a little yellow and thought it might be jaundice, so I called the doctor’s office. Mind you, this discovery occurred on a Friday afternoon so time was of the essence. The receptionist told us to come in immediately so they could fit us in for a sick appointment.


At this point, I hadn’t packed his diaper bag, the stroller hadn’t been assembled and the only car seat that had been installed was in my husband’s car…and of course, my husband and his car were both at work. So I frantically threw a few items in the diaper bag while my mom and  friend scrambled to install the car seat into my mom’s car.

Blow Out #1

Shortly after checking in at the pediatrician’s office, JC had his first blow out. It was so bad, it was all over him and his car seat. No problem, I reassured myself, “What’s a little poop? I’ve got this.” Thank goodness I packed an outfit in his diaper bag. My mom and I rushed him to the restroom, changed him and brought him back out to the waiting room.

Crisis averted…right? Wrong :(.

Blow Out #2

A few minutes later, while I’m holding JC in my arms, I feel an explosion coming from his diaper. Yes, it happened again. It was so loud, even my mom heard it. We took one look at each other in disbelief and hurried back to the restroom to discover…not only did he poop all over himself, but he also pooped all over my shirt. In that moment, I just broke down into tears.

I didn’t care about my shirt, I just felt like I was already failing as a mom and it hadn’t even been a full week. My poor baby seemed to be suffering from jaundice, I didn’t have another change of clothes for him and I was filthy. I just felt completely underprepared and overwhelmed. And with my postpartum hormones raging all over the place, it was a tough day.

Luckily, my mom lifted my spirit with words of encouragement and reminded me that things could be much worse and I needed to count my blessings. She was so right, at least we were able to get an appointment and be seen by JC’s pediatrician in time.

We ended up wrapping JC in a blanket to keep him warm and I reluctantly took off my shirt, trying my best to ignore feeling exposed in just my nursing cami. It was way less than what I would normally wear in public, but it was better than wearing a soiled shirt.

The appointment went well and as soon as I got JC settled at home, I made sure to stock my JC’s diaper bag with ALL the items I could think of

Here’s a list of everything you need to pack in your baby’s diaper bag!

1. Diapers

This goes without saying, you need diapers in your baby’s diaper bag. Make sure to have several in case you’re out longer than you expect. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.

2. Wipes

Gotta have wipes to clean your baby’s bottom. If you’ve used the wipes before it’s a good idea to check to make sure you have plenty before heading out the door. You don’t want to be out and about, living your best life and then realize that your pack of wipes only has two wipes left or that it’s dried out.

3. Changing Pad

Please do not trust the public restroom’s changing table to be a sanitized environment to put your baby’s bottom on. I’ve seen people throw their baby’s dirty diapers on there, then barley wipe it off with a napkin. I always wipe down the changing station, then put the changing pad on top. 

4. Diaper Cream

Hopefully you won’t need it, but it’s always good to have it on hand. Diaper rashes are no fun, but if you baby has one, the butt cream will help. I love the Auquaphor Diaper Rash Cream and  Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, both are very gentle and effective.

5. Trash Bag

I like to keep 2 trash bags in JC’s diaper bag, 1 for dirty diapers and 1 for dirty clothes. 

6. Hand Sanitizer

Whether you’re changing diapers or touching car doors, you’re bound to end up with dirty, germy hands. We keep travel size hand sanitizer in the diaper bag and in the car so our hands are clean before touching baby.

7. Hand Cream

With all that sanitizing, your hands will get dry. Hand cream will keep your hands nice and soft.

8. Extra Outfits for Baby

If you read my intro, you know that we had two blow outs while waiting in the pediatrician’s waiting room. After this experience, I refuse to be caught slipping again lol. I alway pack two outfits, just in case. 

9. Blanket

Even if it’s the middle of summer, I always pack a blanket for infants because buildings tend to be chilly. Restaurants, malls, doctor’s offices, all cold so having a blanket is a great way to keep baby warm.

10. Bibs (optional)

If your baby is like mine, he/she will be teething and drooling really early. To avoid wet shirts, have a bib or 2 on hand.

11. Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are great in case you need to clean up some spit up.

12. Car Seat Cover

Whether it’s windy, rainy, or too sunny, car seat covers provide great protection for your baby. I also loved the car seat cover for when we had to go to the pediatrician’s office. His office is in a hospital and I was always worried about my baby picking up some germs so the car seat cover gave me peace of mind while we were in the hospital.

13. Extra Shirt for You

You’ll likely have a day where your baby spits up on your shirt or has a blow out that explodes all over you. Trust me, I learned the hard way, pack a back up shirt for yourself. 

14. Nursing Cover (if you breastfeed)

I know some moms are comfortable with breastfeeding out in the open, and if I had to, I would as well, but I prefer to have a cover. This allows me to have some privacy without having to remove myself from others when feeding my baby.  Super helpful while dining with friends or family. 

15. Bottles, Water, and Formula

If you’re formula or bottle feeding, you want to make sure you’re stocked up on the necessary supplies to give your baby. No one wants to endure that hangry baby cry.

16. Pacifier (optional)

If you are giving your baby a pacier, I suggest packing 2 in separate containers. We used the sauce to-go containers from restaurants or ziplock bags to keep them clean. You need two because of course the day your baby needs the soothing paci, you’ll drop it in your rush to please your baby.

17. Toys

While newborns aren’t spending tons of time playing with toys, it’s always good to have some distractions on hand in case they get bored. My favorite toys to bring along is the Oball Rattle (I have an entire review on this toy) and a soft sensory book intended for babies so they won’t destroy it. Both are great to help entertain baby. 


Okay mama, you’re all set! Go live your best life sipping Starbucks and strolling those Target aisles 🙂


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    I’m MiMi: full time wife, boy mom, employee, and part time blogger. Modern Momsense is a judge free zone where moms can read honest stories of triumphs and failures that I hope can help make your journey through mommyhood easier. I love sharing information about pregnancy, breastfeeding and pumping, products I’ve tried, and caring for infants and toddlers. I also write about “adulting” topics like questions to ask on a child care center tour. 

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