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Think of your diaper bag as your baby nursery's mobile unit. Stock it well with all the things you and your baby need to be prepared when you're out and about—inevitable hunger pangs, diaper blowouts, and all.


  • Diapers
  • Travel wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Changing pad
  • Burp cloth
  • Light blanket/nursing cover
  • Nursing pads
  • Sun hat
  • Bottle and single-portion formula
  • Pacifier or two
  • Favorite toy
  • Granola bars, nuts, or other energy-building snacks for Mom
  • Change of dry clothes for baby
  • Plastic bags for dirty diapers and/or soiled clothes
  • Bibs
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer
  • Bug spray
  • Any medications (if needed)

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A great habit to start: Scan the contents of your diaper bag each evening before bed, restocking anything you used during the day, and you'll wake up prepared to diaper and dash, if necessary.

Is baby going to daycare? While you pack your diaper bag, set aside a few key items to bring on day 1.

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