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

Built upon our flagship, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, and its century-plus history of providing high-quality medical care for people at all stages of life, UPMC Magee-Womens is nationally renowned for its outstanding care for women and their families.

Our Magee-Womens network – from women’s imaging centers and specialty care to outpatient and hospital-based services – provides care throughout Pennsylvania, so the help you need is always close to home. More than 25,000 babies are born at our network hospitals each year, with 10,000 of those babies born at UPMC Magee in Pittsburgh, home to one of the largest NICUs in the country. The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee in Pittsburgh as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; U.S. News & World Report ranks Magee nationally in gynecology. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first and is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology, with locations in Pittsburgh and Erie.