10 Diaper Bag Essentials for the New Parent

Ever since finding out that we’re unexpectedly expecting once again, I can’t help but revisit the idea of preparing for motherhood. While it still is quite fresh for me, I am quite daunted by the idea of doing it all over again with a newborn while keeping up with our toddler. Nothing prepares you for life than getting a head start yourself. Which is also why I am refreshing my memory now and sharing it with all of you!

To be honest, it seems there are many things a new parent needs to remember and know, this includes knowing what you should have for your diaper bag. These 10 diaper bag essentials for the new parent are going to guide you forward in ensuring that you always have the right necessities in your diaper bag every time.

Water Wipes

Water WipesPIN IT!

These baby wipes are a must-have brand of baby wipes to have in your diaper bag. Made of 99.9% water and a little bit of fruit extract, Water Wipes are the perfect baby wipe to have on hand for sensitive baby skin.

Extra Diapers

Pampers PurePIN IT!

You never know when something is going to happen while you’re out in the world. Babies poop and pee whenever they need to, so having extra diapers in your diaper bag is an absolute necessity no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going.

BaboBotanicals Sunscreen and Wipes

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BaboBotanicals SunscreenPIN IT!

BaboBotanicals SunscreenPIN IT!

BaboBotanicals SunscreenPIN IT!

BaboBotanicals Sunscreen are the must-have diaper bag essential for the new parent to be protected against those harmful sun rays. All of their sunscreen work well for parents and baby to stay protected while out in the sun for long periods of time.

Hair Brush

It’s important to keep a hair brush in your diaper bag as a new parent so that you can quickly fix your hair and baby’s hair. You never know when that wind will blow your hair all wild or sticky fingers will get into your son’s hair and get matted, a hair brush can help with this.

Extra Set of Clothes

The Children’s PlacePIN IT!

Always carry an extra set of clothes so that your baby can be dressed whenever they have blow out accidents or spit up during feedings. You may want to play it safe and pack a couple of extra sets of clothes just to be on the safe side.


Infant Tylenol and other medications for baby should be in your diaper bag at all times as a new parent. You’ll also need to have a travel size thermometer to take your little one’s temperature should they seem ill while you’re out and about together.

Nurtur Me Snacks for infants or toddlers

Nurtur Me SnacksPIN IT!

Having organic, gluten-free, non-GMO snacks for infants or toddlers in your diaper bag will help keep those hungry bellies from getting angry. Nurtur Me Snacks for infants or toddlers are just what you need to have for those hungry baby moments, and you can even sneak a bit if you’re hungry too.

MAM Baby Soothers or Pacifiers with clips (no oopsies to fall)

If your baby uses a pacifier you’ll enjoy having the MAM baby soothers or pacifiers with clips on hand in your diaper bag. When that pacifier falls on the ground while out and about, it makes it hard to get it clean again for baby to have, that’s why MAM Baby Pacifiers with clips are an absolute diaper bag essential.

Developmental Toys MAM friends MAM baby

Developmental Toys MAM friends MAM babyPIN IT!

Developmental Toys MAM friends MAM babyPIN IT!

Keep your little baby busy with developmental toys by MAM who has an extensive line of baby products like teethers to help keep your baby entertained. Made of 100% rubber you can choose from 4 different MAM friends products online.

Emergency ID Card

Put an emergency ID card inside of your diaper bag immediately upon purchasing your first diaper bag. This will hold all of your baby’s information to include any allergies or disabilities that the baby may have. This emergency ID card should also have your name and number for ease of getting reached should an emergency arise.

These are my top 10 diaper bag essentials for the new parent to have on hand no matter where you’re going and what you’re doing.


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  • Sam

    These are really great things to have on hand. You never know when something will come up & you wish you had one of these items with you.

  • Stephanie Stebbins

    YES! Excellent list. My son just had his first baby and I’m going to send this right over to him!

  • kumamonjeng

    This is a great checklist! Medication is always a must especially if you need to travel a little far away.

  • Alexandra Cook

    Those were very important essentials especially if you have a baby. This list could be a great guide for a first time mom.

  • Amy

    I can still remember the day I was carrying all these things in my bag. Those were really important stuff

  • Jackline A

    I just finished a diaper bag post myself. I totally agree with your essentials.

  • Alexandra Torrijos

    I still fail to carry medications with me and find myself buying them every time I need it.

  • Kim Seghers

    Great tips for new parents! It’s alway good to have a change of clothes or two or maybe three ..LOL for the baby! And, I always loved MAM toys for my kiddos when they were little.

  • stacey

    I don’t have babies, but much of this is in the go bag I keep in my car– just in case of an emergency or I can’t get home.

  • Nena

    It would never fail that I would be out somewhere and not have one of these and wish that I did. Great tips thank you!

  • Konstantina

    Im not a new mum but my best friend is. I will make sure to forward her this post. Maybe she will be able to find what she is looking for. Thank you for sharing.

  • twinspirationalparties

    Such a great content, these things are exactly what we have to prepare for a diaper bag.

  • Bree

    This is a great list of diaper bag essentials! I always keep developmental toys in mine!

  • Owen G.

    Oh, such great tips for new parents.. These things our must haves especially when you will be away from your house for a long time with your baby

  • Fran Jorgensen

    What a great post for mums to be and new mums! I always struggled when my girls were little because I would always leave something behind. Thanks for sharing this great list!

  • Monidipa Dutta

    I have no idea of kids, diapers and all but yes my elder sister who’s a new mum would definitely love it.

  • Chad

    OMGOSHHH congrats on the pregnancy!!! Also, these seem like really sensible Solutions. Something I believe every parent should implement.

  • Crystal carder

    I remember carrying around all this stuff when my kids were little! We used to go through so many of the man pacifiers, they were the best!

  • Catherine

    Great list and definitely important to have these on hand! Have to prepared always!

  • Jenny mackenzie

    Omg I wish I read this when I was a new mom. I allllllways was forgetting things

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    Really loving this post you did. it’s very informative. I’m not yet a mother but I have a lot of friends who are mothers who would really enjoy this post. I’ll be sure to share it with them.

  • D'ondra M Howard

    You are spot on…I remember keeping all those items in my kids diaper bags when they were little. We didn’t have water wipes when I had my kids and I wish they did because they had sensitive skin.

  • Samar

    Extra diapers are the must.

    I am going to take a screenshot of it, as a to-do list.

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    Congrats!!! Also, these are all important things to keep in the diaper bag! my diaper bag days are almost over!

  • jill Nunn

    Oh my gosh, I remember these days! What some great tips!

  • Amy Smith

    Yes to water wipes. It takes away all those nasty chemicals!

  • Rhonda Albom

    Those water wipes sound wonderful. Fewer chemicals is better. And, of course, always an extra outfit (perhaps two).

  • Lyosha

    I am not a Mom yet but plan on soon. Your advise is always apreciated!

  • Nina Cochingco

    Wow, these stuff are exactly what’s on my mind, when I see mommy bags. Haha. Newly moms will surely appreciate this post

  • Catherine Santiago Jose

    Nice essentials lists and definitely a great help to those first time moms out there! I will also share this with my friend who is going to give birth this month,

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    I think you’ve managed to cover it all here! We always make sure to pack an extra change of clothes or two

  • Erik the Hungry Traveller

    Im not a parent but im reading this i am sure this is going to be helpful for new or soon to be parents. In behalf of all of them Thank you

  • Tina

    I forgot wipes once and it was the worst time ever, so important! But the water wipes you mentioned here sounds amazing! I’ve never heard of anything like that!

  • Becca Wilson

    These essentials are so perfect. I wish I would have had something like this when my kids were smaller!

  • Chad

    Super love these diaper bags, they are trendy and very convenient. Thanks a lot for the recos.

  • Kidstors

    Such a great article with a wide selection of a cute item for my diaper bag. Thank you!