If you’re a new mom, or even a part time child care provider, you know that packing a diaper bag for a baby is an art form. Extreme organization skills and a touch of OCD and ESP are necessary to create the perfect balance of absolute essentials and “just in case” items – all without leaving your house with a bag that weighs more than you do.

Some moms have mastered the “two diaper bag” approach where one bag is left in the car with the basic essentials and another is packed and carried along containing the items that are appropriate to the occasion. I found this approach to be the most effective. With twins I felt that I could never be “too prepared”. (Those little munchkins would pull a fast one on me quick.)

Being prepared for the unexpected is an absolute must and, I believe, the most important aspect to packing the perfect diaper bag.

Over the winter, Atlanta made headlines when the city essentially shut down after a few inches of snow. Thousands were trapped in their cars for hours and hours – some with babies. In those types of situations, knowing what to pack in a diaper bag may mean the difference between life and death. Having extra formula, blankets, and clothing were an absolute must.

Of course, your diaper bag essentials will vary based off of your baby’s age, how long you’ll be out, and where it is you’re going; but there are a few must-have items that you should never leave the house without.

Check out the following items of essentials and extras. Print it out, keep it with your bag, and rest assured that having these items at your disposal will make your life with baby so much easier.

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Studio Diaper Bag

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This trendy diaper bag is practical AND stylish.

Studio Diaper Bag – $80.49, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Swaddlers Diapers – Super Pack

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This should be the first thing you place in your bag. Be they cloth or disposable, forgetting these can turn a perfectly nice day into an awful one.

Swaddlers Diapers – Super Pack – $24.94, 7.73 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Swaddlers Sensitive Economy Plus Case & Sensitive Baby Wipes

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Stock up on these because you’ll use them newborn and beyond. *Tip: The wipes marked as “sensitive” usually don’t have all of the lotions and such that tend to make your baby’s booty “sticky”.

Swaddlers Sensitive Economy Plus Case & Sensitive Baby Wipes – $47.19, 21.26 shipping – Available at Target.com

 

The Germinator Alcohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free — 1.69 oz

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You’ll want to always have hand sanitizer on hand for before and after diaper changes if there’s not a sink available.

The Germinator Alcohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free — 1.69 oz – $4.21, 5.99 shipping – Available at Diapers.com

 

Select® Ultra-thin Underpads, Changing Pads, 22.5×30 in., Case/150 (5/30s)

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Once you take your baby into a public restroom for the first time you’ll understand why you need these.

Select® Ultra-thin Underpads, Changing Pads, 22.5×30 in., Case/150 (5/30s) – $9.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at NorthShore Care Supply

 

Arm & Hammer by Munchkin Bag Dispenser Refill, Lavender Scent, 3 pack

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If you’re somewhere awkward and don’t have a bag at you’re disposal, you’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere “courteous” to put your diaper until you can dispose of it properly. These will come in super handy.

Arm & Hammer by Munchkin Bag Dispenser Refill, Lavender Scent, 3 pack – $4.99, 5.14 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Gerber Graduates Puffs Cereal Snack, Apple Cinnamon, 1.48 oz

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At around 7 months you can start experimenting with the baby “puff” snacks. Keep these types of snacks on hand to quell hunger. If your baby is younger, having a jar of baby food and a spoon handy is ideal.

Gerber Graduates Puffs Cereal Snack, Apple Cinnamon, 1.48 oz – $3.75, 6.37 shipping – Available at iHerb

 

4Pack Receiving Blanket Mod Duck

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You’ll want to pack extras of these. You can, of course, use them to cover your baby; but blankets make great changing pads, nursing cover-ups, bibs, or burp clothes as well.

4Pack Receiving Blanket Mod Duck – $11.99, 5.48 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Sophie the Giraffe Teether baby toy teething rubber sophie le / la giraffe gift infant girafe

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Be sure to have something to comfort your baby – be it a favorite teether or a pacifier if you’re using one. You won’t regret having it in a stressful situation.

Sophie the Giraffe Teether baby toy teething rubber sophie le / la giraffe gift infant girafe – $20.56, See Site shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Postpresso.

 

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