How to Pack a Diaper Bag | UPMC HealthBeat

The final weeks of pregnancy can be an exciting time full of change and preparation as parents get ready for their baby’s arrival.

And when it comes to preparing for your baby, a diaper bag may be one of your most important purchases. A well-stocked diaper bag gives new parents the freedom to venture with everything their child may need in tow and makes outings more enjoyable. These 14 essentials will help you put together your diaper bag.

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What Makes a Good Diaper Bag

Diaper bags come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles, so finding the right one can be difficult. Choosing the right bag can be just as important as what it contains. Here are some features of a high-quality diaper bag:

  • Sturdy material
  • Big enough for baby’s needs
  • Lots of pockets
  • Comfortable straps
  • Changing pad included
  • Washable

A diaper bag can also come in many forms, including totes, messenger bags, and backpacks. When considering which style of diaper bag may be best for your family, consider your baby’s needs as well as the convenience of carrying the bag itself.

What to Pack in a Diaper Bag

Many first-time parents may find themselves packing for what feels like hours prior to leaving with their newborn. Having the right items in your diaper bag can cut down on unnecessary packing and provide peace-of-mind that your child has everything they may need. Here are the essential items to keep in your bag:

  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Changing pads
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Wipes
  • Plastic bags
  • Burping cloths
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Teething toy
  • Water
  • Body suit
  • Pacifier
  • Blanket
  • Insulated pockets to keep breastmilk or formula cool

If your child is between seven to twelve months, be sure to also include:

  • Dry cereal
  • Small container of dry cereal
  • Baby food
  • Sippy/spouted cup
  • Bib
  • Baby spoon

About UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. UPMC Magee is long-renowned for its services to women and babies but also offers a wide range of care to men as well. Our patient-first approach ensures you and your loved ones get the care you need. Nearly 10,000 babies are born each year at Magee, and our NICU is one of the largest in the country. Our network of care – from imaging centers to hospital services – provides care throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, giving you a chance to get the expert care you need close to home. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes UPMC Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and the Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology.