newborn diaper bag checklist

Diaper Bag Must Haves for Your Newborn

Are you a new mama feeling a little overwhelmed with your new role? I remember the first time we brought our son out in public and feeling totally anxious.

If you’re like me, you might be the type who plans for any given scenario. When we brought him out for the first time, I felt a little overwhelmed when packing the diaper bag.

On one hand, you want to be ready for anything. On the other hand, you don’t want to overpack and drag a bunch of stuff around.

So what do you REALLY need to pack in your diaper bag for a newborn?

I’ve put together a straight forward, no fluff newborn diaper bag essentials checklist.

newborn diaper bag checklist

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KEEP IN MIND: What you pack is entirely dependent on where you are going and for how long. Some items on this list are optional. For example, if you are only planning a quick trip to the store, you probably won’t need to pack anything for baby’s feeding. This checklist covers all the basics and you can decide what is essential for where you are going.

1. Diaper Bag

First things first, you need a diaper bag! I LOVE my BabbleRoo backpack. There is plenty of storage for our son’s needs. I also love the conveinence of carrying a backpack rather than a large bag.

2. Diapers

DUH! Make sure to always keep a stash of your baby’s current size diapers in your bag. You’ll need newborn diapers to start!

3. Wipes

Having wipes on hand is a must! My personal favorite are the Huggies Natural Care.

4. Changing Pad

You’ll need a changing pad if the diaper bag you buy doesn’t already include one. The diaper bag I mentioned above already comes with one!

5. Pacifiers

We never go anywhere without pacifiers! Be sure to get newborn sized pacifiers for when your baby first arrives.

6. Burp Cloths

Another item we NEVER leave without! You never know when your baby is going to spit up or how much. These burp cloths are the perfect size to put in your diaper bag.

7. Hand Sanitizer

Having hand sanitizer is perfect for on the go if you aren’t able to wash your hands right away.

8. Onesies

When it comes to packing clothes, you’ll probably want to have a a variety of items depending on the weather, where you’re going, and for how long. A good start is to have onesies on hand.

9. Pajamas

Your baby will possibly need an extra outfit. Zip up pajamas are a convenient item to have on hand.

10. Sleep Sack

Is your baby going to need to nap where you’re going? Then packing a sleep sack would be a good idea.

11. Swaddles

Another sleeping option is a swaddle. We love our CuddleBug swaddles!

12. Socks

Be prepared to keep your little one’s feet warm with some socks.

13. Bottles

Will baby need a feeding while you’re out? Whether you are using breastmilk or forumla, don’t forget your bottles!

Final Thoughts on Newborn Diaper Bag Essentials

For all of the checklists I put together, I have one goal: keep it simple.

There are a lot of checklists out there that include a lot of extra items and it becomes really overwhelming.

Don’t stress yourself out, Mama!

Keep your diaper bag simple and add additional items as you see fit.

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