Life with toddlers is an exciting journey, so be sure to pack these diaper bag essentials for your next adventure!
You can never be too prepared.
I remember, when Leo was first born, I would try to fit everything into my diaper bag – and then some. As we transitioned into the toddler years, I learned exactly what our family’s diaper bag essentials were; helping me from overpacking and, most importantly, avoiding any, “Oh-we-should-have-brought-those!” moments.
I would like to think that my diaper bag checklist has been refined in over the last two years, so I wanted to share what we take along with us when we’re on-the-go. Of course, packing for a toddler is much simpler than getting ready with a newborn. Diaper bag checklists have to adjust according to the baby’s age and their primary needs.
Before I list out our diaper bag essentials, I think the best concept for being diaper-bag-ready is following the “grab and go” rule. The items I keep in our diaper bag are solely for the diaper bag, so plan accordingly. I highly recommend purchasing that extra hat, shirt, bottle/sippy cup, etc. to avoid taking things in and out of it. The only things I refill are diapers and take out any food items (ie.: bottles and sippy cups) if they need cleaning.
Curious to know what’s in my diaper bag? The list isn’t too sophisticated, but these items are the essentials that ensure we are ready for all of our adventures:
Our Family’s Diaper Bag Essentials
Hat or Toque
Depending on the season, we will choose to leave either a baseball cap or a winter hat in our bag, even if my little guy is already wearing one. This should be one of the items you have “extra” of, that’s dedicated solely for your diaper bag.
Extra Change of Clothes
Speaking of that spare hat, we also always pack a t-shirt and bottoms because, you know… toddlers are toddlers! Of course, if you end up using the spare clothing items, be sure to replace them in your diaper bag as soon as you get home.
Sippy Cup or Bottle
Staying hydrated is key for anybody – no matter how old you are! We always have a bottle or sippy cup on-hand. This also makes it easy when we dine out as a family and the restaurant doesn’t provide kid-friendly cups.
Our UPPAbaby Changing Backpack comes with an insulated bottle case that’s easy to clean. We just slip our bottle right in, which makes it so much easier to find in the bag!
Whether your toddler is potty trained or not, diapers/training pants are vital to have in your bag. I use a separate case for wipes and our trusty backpack by UPPAbaby comes with its own changing pad. Be sure to double check if diapers or wipes need refilling so that you’re always ready to go!
Some notable snacks include: raisins, granola bars and cheese crackers. Just like diapers and wipes, be sure to always check if snacks need refilling/replacing (ie.: whether they’ve passed their best before date, packaging is ripped, etc.)
Alrighty, so this one is meant more for me. Messes happen and, while I rely on wipes to get the little one clean, sometimes hand sanitizer is a must if I’m dealing with things that are plagued with germs. (Poop explosion, anyone?)
Your Toddler’s Toy of the “Moment”
I try not to overload our diaper bag with too many of them, but a good toy or two can help every once in a while. Just as I rotate activities at home, I also tend to rotate the small toys I put into our changing backpack.
It’s always better to be safe! I pack a kid-friendly sunscreen for my little one and a regular one for the rest of the fam.
It’s All in the Bag!
Of course, the type of diaper bag you pack is at the core of it all! I’m a huge sucker for accessories so I’ve run into a few diaper bags in my years as a new mom.
To date, I’ve been most impressed with my UPPAbaby Changing Backpack. It’s lightweight and never feels overfilled. Plus, its multiple compartments help me stay organized. I know exactly where everything is – which is key when you’re in a rush and need something right away.
The material used to make the UPPAbaby Changing Backpack is water-resistant. I’m in awe of its durability and ease of use. I can also clean it with a simple wipe. The bag comes with stroller straps, so I can just clip it onto my UPPAbaby MINU stroller, allowing me to save room in its already spacious basket.
I hope my diaper bag essentials will inspire you to approach packing for a toddler with some minimalism. To sum it all up:
Things to Pack in Your Diaper Bag
• Extra hat
• Extra change of clothes
• Sippy cup or bottle
• Diapers and wipes
• Changing pad
• Hand sanitizer
• 1 or 2 small toys
• Hand sanitizer
• Sunscreen for the whole family
What are the items you can’t leave home without?