Diaper Bag Checklist: Cloth diapering, Breastfeeding and Bottle-Feeding List

Diaper Bag Checklist: Cloth diapering, Breastfeeding and Bottle-Feeding List

The first few months after my daughter was born I had to run through this mental checklist to make sure I had everything I needed for her. Despite being thorough, it’s so much easier to not bring more than you need because it makes finding what you do need much faster.

Cloth diapering, breastfeeding:

  • Cloth diapers
  • Cloth wipes
  • Spray bottle with water or diaper wash**
  • Wet bag
  • Nursing cover**
  • Burp rag
  • Extra set of baby clothes
  • 2 Pacifiers (if used) – one in the bag, possibly on a strap, and one in my pocket, especially if we’re going in the car)**
  • Granola bar for mom or dad
  • Toy (after 4-ish months)*
  • Blanket (if cold or sunny)*

Disposables, breastfeeding:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Disposable wipes**
  • plastic baggie for dirty diapers (optional, depending on destination)**
  • Diaper rash cream (if needed)**
  • Nursing cover**
  • Extra set of baby clothes
  • 2 Pacifiers (if used) – one in the bag, possibly on a strap, and one in my pocket, especially if we’re going in the car)**
  • Granola bar for mom or dad
  • Toy (after 4-ish months)*
  • Blanket (if cold or sunny)*

Disposables, bottle-feeding:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Disposable wipes**
  • Plastic baggie for dirty diapers (optional, depending on destination)**
  • Diaper rash cream (if needed)**
  • Prepared bottles with milk in insulated pack
  • Bib (if your baby is a messy eater)
  • Extra set of baby clothes
  • Toy (after 4-ish months)
  • 2 Pacifiers (if used) – one in the bag, possibly on a strap, and one in my pocket, especially if we’re going in the car)**
  • Granola bar for mom or dad
  • Toy (after 4-ish months)*
  • Blanket (if cold or sunny)*

(I only took a bottle out of the house once, so let me know if you have any suggestions for that one!)

* As long as you’re using the infant car seat, I like to keep these things “attached” to the seat so I don’t have to tote them around in the bag or keep track of them. Pick a toy you can attach with links and just keep it there always. We have a blanket we always use with the car seat, and when we’re at home we just toss it into or on top of the seat.

** Things that are just easier to always keep in the bag. I always try to keep diapers and wipes in the bag too, but those usually need to be replenished every few times we go out so they aren’t starred. I only have one nursing cover but I never use it unless I’m out with my diaper bag anyway, so it lives there too.

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