Essentials For Your Diaper Bag

Leaving the house is an excellent opportunity for a change of scenery and some fresh air. Yet, as a mom, gone are the days when the only leaving-the-house essentials are your keys and purse. Nothing is more important in this new stage of life than a well-stocked diaper bag filled with all the necessities. With a bit of planning, you can ensure a smooth excursion. 

What to Include in Your Diaper Bag

At Kernodle OB/GYN, we understand how important it is to feel confident when leaving the house with your baby. Here are some diaper bag essentials that will leave you feeling prepared, stocked, and ready to go. 

Diaper and Diaper Accessories

One of the most essential items to remember for a stress-free outing is diapers and your favorite diaper accessories. According to, a general rule of thumb is to pack one diaper for every two hours you’re out, but never be afraid to pack a few extra just in case. Some popular brands of diapers include Pampers, Huggies, and Luvs. 


Now that you have your diapers, don’t neglect to pack diaper accessories. An essential diaper companion is baby wipes. Not only are they suitable for back-end messes, but they are versatile and can be convenient for wiping your hands, the changing pad, and after touching unsanitary items or surfaces. Another handy diaper accessory is baby cream or ointment. Most drug stores sell them in travel-sized tubes for easy transportation.

Nursing Supplies, Formula, or Baby Food

Making sure your baby is able to eat when hungry is also crucial to the success of any outing. Having something on hand like a nursing cover or a small blanket may be beneficial if you are breastfeeding. They can help make you feel more comfortable if you need to feed in public, but you can also use them to throw over the stroller to keep your baby sheltered from the sun or for extra warmth in the cooler months. 


If your baby takes formula, you may consider bringing extra bottle nipples and a portable bottle warmer. Depending on how long you will be out, estimate ahead of time how many feedings your baby will need and plan accordingly. And to keep messes at bay, you should always have several burp cloths on hand. 

Seasonal Items 

Leaving the house with your baby can be unpredictable, as can the weather. Depending on the season and your destination, try having some seasonal items. The warmer months may warrant products like baby sunscreen, bug spray, sun hats, and sunglasses. For toddlers, don’t forget to bring water! In the cooler months, bear in mind the dropping temperatures and make sure you have winter hats, mittens, baby booties, and a baby carrier weather cover on hand. Pregnancybirth&baby suggests dressing your baby in layers that you can take off. You can check whether your baby is too warm or cold by feeling their forehead.

Your own essentials

When getting your baby ready for an outing, make sure you don’t neglect your own needs and going out essentials! This includes everything you would typically stick in your purse pre-baby, including your phone, keys, wallet, and water. It may also be beneficial to throw in a couple of toys and compile a list of emergency contacts. And remember, even if you are going out for a short period of time, it is always important to be prepared in case your baby has an accident, is hungry, or becomes cranky. 


If you have questions about how to be best prepared when leaving the house with your baby or more about diaper bag essentials, our physicians are happy to provide you with insight and advice. Visit our website, or call (919) 249-4700 to schedule an appointment or talk to a staff member.

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