When you have a new baby, sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try and get out of the house, even to do basic errands. Going to the grocery store or gym can seem daunting because of the many (changing) needs that there are to account for with baby in tow. Be sure to put these items in your bag to help you feel comfortable and prepared when you are out and about with your baby.

Diaper Changing Essentials

Items like diapers and wipes are a no brainer. After all, diaper bags were created for all things diaper change. However,when you’re not at home there are a few “extras” you won’t want to leave behind. Don’t forget a changing pad; you never know what accommodations your destination may have and you’ll be glad you have a clean pad to put your little one on.

Another item that is often overlooked is dirty diaper bags. These are handy when you may not have a trash immediately nearby or even when you’re at a friends house and don’t want to stink up their trash. (Tip: if you don’t want to spend extra money on these, you can just as easily reuse your plastic grocery bags instead.

Snacks and a water bottle

Always always pack snacks and a water bottle for yourself. If you’re nursing, it won’t be long before your stomach will start to tell you, it’s time to eat. Regardless how you feed your baby you’ll be glad to have water to keep yourself hydrated and a snack to give you that extra boost of energy.

Nursing cover and breast pads

If you’re nursing, bring some breast pads (cloth or disposable), especially in you have a newborn. Before your body begins to regulate your milk supply it’s likely that you’ll leak a good bit. Pads are an essential to avoid embarrassing leaks. If you are uncomfortable nursing in public uncovered, don’t forget something to cover up with like a light weight muslin blanket, nursing cover or nursing scarf.

Extra outfit for baby and shirt for you

It’s always good to have an extra outfit, jacket and socks for baby but, if you have room, pack yourself an extra shirt too for those blow outs, spills and spit ups.


Keep a bottle of sunscreen with you wherever you go. It’s nice to have to option to spend time with baby outside on a whim.


Throw a few of your baby’s favorite toys into your bag and one in the car seat for good measure. Toys are the tools you’ll have calm your baby and buy yourself a few more quiet minutes in the grocery store or on a walk in the neighborhood.

Parent Essentials: wallet, phone, keys

With so many things to bring for baby, it’s to forget your “basics”. Have a special pouch or section of your diaper bag where you always put your phone, chapstick, keys and wallet.

Alise Durkota
Alise Durkota
Alise is a mother of two who loves the slow, small town life. She is a teacher turned stay at home mom who loves cooking, her husband, going on long neighborhood walks, just about any baked good (with coffee) and playing with her children. She has a passion for all things childhood development, teaching, and learning.