Diaper Bag 101
As a new-mom-to-be preparing for her first baby, I had no idea what actually went in a diaper bag and felt a little overwhelmed at the thought of stocking one. Other than looking for a fierce diaper bag and stuffing it full of well, diapers, I was a little lost as to what else went in there.
I quickly polled other moms to get the 411 on what should go in a newborn diaper bag. See what they said.
Diaper bag essentials:
The dream tote
No need to splurge on a fancy diaper bag that looks like a purse. Most moms overwhelmingly agreed that a stylish tote with plenty of pockets was the way to go for stashing diaper bag gear. New mom and SheKnows food editor Christina Haller said, “I have a gorgeous leather Michael Kors tote that I use as a diaper bag – it’s pretty big, but I carry it even if I don’t have [my daughter] with me.”
Other favorite choices included Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags, Vera Bradley totes, and a hobo purse. If using a purse “Make sure that it has some internal pockets for small stuff like pacifiers, socks, etc.,” said Kristin Bustamante, SheKnows editorial director and mother of two.
Try: Michael Kors Tote ($298) in Turquoise. The bold blue color can take you from summer to fall and the interior pockets will help keep baby gear organized. Plus, it’s a super chic way to transition into mommy style.
Double duty diaper bag
If both you and dad will be sharing a diaper bag, he’ll probably want a bag that won’t compromise his manhood to carry around. Get a diaper bag that’ll fit both of your needs – one that’ll keep you organized and looking chic, but he won’t be embarrassed to carry.
Some parents swear by using a backpack for full functionality. “I had a backpack diaper bag that I loved and used well into toddlerhood. It’s brown, so it doesn’t look ‘baby,’" said Betsy Bailey, founder of SheKnows.com.
Try: SoYoung’s Charlie bag ($175) available in black, khaki, and slate. Both mom and dad will appreciate the stylish, yet super functional, lifestyle bag design. It converts to a backpack for hands-free use and also comes with matching stroller straps.
Diapers and other baby gear
Obviously diapers are a key component of a diaper bag. Nancy Price, SheKnows.com founder, recommends packing at least 5-6 diapers for a newborn, even for a short outing. “Always bring more diapers than you imagine you’ll need,” she advised. “Things happen – plus, sometimes another mom or dad will need your spare!”
Moms said other diaper bag essentials include a changing pad, wipes, ointment, burp cloths, swaddle blanket, bottles, a pacifier, and small toy.