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    31 Things You May Want To Keep In Your Diaper Bag

    These parent-approved products might keep your diaper bag from being a dud.

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    1. A changing pad with a clever little cone (it has a toy attached!) for keeping your baby's hands away from their dirty diaper while being changed. This packs flat for easy diaper-bag storage., Amazon

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    Promising review: "My daughter likes to touch the dirty changing station when we are out and about. This changing pad helps to keep her from touching everything, but she is still able to reach around it touch the side. The hook for toys to keep her attention is brilliant and this will help my husband better handle blowout diapers without worrying about her getting her hands in it! This is a great product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three styles).

    2. A squirting spoon with a squeezable silicone pouch that'll make feeding your baby pureed meals cleaner and easier when you're out and about.

    Baby being spoon fed with squeezable spoon that has food inside

    This comes with a hard plastic lid so you can seal it up and save it for snack time.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing!!! I now have kids in sports/activities and I am always on the go. I put my baby's food in one of these and take it to go in my diaper bag. It comes with a spoon cover that is hard plastic that covers the hole where the food comes out. The body of the spoon is a soft silicone that you gently squeeze to get the pureed food out. The spoon itself is a hard plastic but we had no issues. It is easy to clean and comes apart in two pieces. Seriously, this is the best gadget ever! This is coming from a mother of four who has probably owned and purchased every gadget out there to make life easier!!" —castgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89+ (available in four colors).

    3. A linen sling – it's gonna take up almost no space in your bag, but be super useful when going out with your kiddo is more than a handful.


    This small business is owned by Ashley Hesch and located in Round Rock, Texas.

    Promising review: "This sling is utterly gorgeous. I bought it as a gift for a new papa and he loves it. The color is flattering on him and his beautiful daughter will certainly love the time she spends with him in it. I have bought many of these slings as gifts for people, and I am thrilled every time. I appreciate the consistent service, quality, excellent packaging, and gorgeous materials. I love Bibetts." —amilynh

    Get it from Bibettes on Etsy for $42.99 (available in two styles and four sizes).

    4. A tube of gum cooling gel sure to ease your teether's toofs (and hopefully screams) when those dang pearly whites are causing aches and pains.

    Person rubbing gel onto baby's gums

    Promising review: "This product has helped me squeeze in some additional sleep! There is no distinct taste but there is a cooling sensation that stops my little one in his tracks and allows him to calm down. I will not be without this product ready on hand or in my diaper bag while he is teething! This is a lifesaver!" —kaathao

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A tin of colorful bandages, because having some cute "stickers" to chose from just might convince your kiddo that their scrape isn't actually all that bad.


    Promising review: "Wow! These are the most awesome bandages I have ever used. Not only do they stay on all day (through 20 hand washings) you can even take them off and they will still stick when you put them back on. These are so worth every penny! The patterns and tins are so darned cute! I'm a forever fan and will recommend these to all my friends!" —Sandra J.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four styles).

    6. A muslin blanket designed to be a comfort object for your own imaginative superhero/knight/firefighter/pirate child. The durable fabric is lightweight (making it easy to bring along in your diaper bag) and gets softer with each wash, keeping it a cozy and comfortable piece to snuggle up with at the end of an adventurous day.

    Child wearing cape with images of little kids in imaginative outfits
    Little Muffincakes

    This Black-owned company is based in Dallas, Texas.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love Little Muffincakes' products!! This is my fourth time ordering. It's my one stop shop for keepsake baby shower gifts. This is the best gift ever!" —Ivy Webb

    Get it on sale from Little Muffincakes for $15 (originally $20).

    7. A suction placemat for making sure your kid's food stays in one place when you eat out. Plus, it guarantees you know their table is clean., Amazon

    Promising review: "I am completely satisfied with this purchase! The mat itself is heavier than others I have seen and it does not slide around. It is also dishwasher safe which makes my life easier. I like the fact that there is a built in bowl because that also means I'm not cleaning a bowl and plate. The suction prevents the mats from sliding, it does not prevent anyone from peeling it off the table. Yes, my 2-year-old does this occasionally but it isn't the placemat's fault." —Jennifer Heinrich

    Get it from Amazon for $24.92+ (available in four colors).

    8. A nasal aspirator you are ~snot~ gonna wanna leave the house without. Boogers are a bummer when you don't have a solution at-the-ready.

    Hand held suction device with screen and buttons

    This battery-powered beauty is far less gag-worthy than the classic method of sucking snot out through a tube. It even plays music to soothe babies who hate getting their nose cleaned. This takes two AA batteries to power on, and be sure to use saline first!

    Promising Review: "The music and flashing lights had my 9-month-old's attention as soon as I turned it on. I actually got to suction his nose without squirming and tears. The three ways to increase suction is what really attracted me to this product and I could tell right away it was working." —Catherine S.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    9. An attachable dirty diaper sack dispenser with 24 bags you can toss your dirty diapers in when there isn't a convenient trash nearby.


    You can grab a refill pack when you run out!

    Promising review: "Holy moly! Having the knob on the side that allows you to retract the bag into the container makes this tiny contraption SO amazing. I've never seen that for other ones on the market. I use these for dirty diapers and my toddler used to LOVE pulling them out way far! It used to be a paaaaaaain stuffing the bags back inside. This eliminates those annoying moments! Woohoo!" —Kyle Perez

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    10. A calming baby lip balm rich with a formula filled with seven botanical oils that'll soothe baby's lips and dry skin around their mouth. It has an easy-glide texture and a large design that'll make applying this simple and soothing on your littlest sweetheart.

    Large chapsticks together on a table

    This POC- and woman-owned small business is based in New York, NY. Owner Kimberley Ho (originally an investment banker) created Evereden with the belief that baby products should go "above and beyond the highest standards of safety, quality, and care" and – based on all the brand's positive reviews – they have the receipts to prove it!

    Promising review: "This lip balm is thick and emollient. I tried some too and in the morning, I could still feel it on my lips. My lips felt soft and hydrated." —Madison G.

    Get it from Evereden for $9.

    11. A lightweight romper and corduroy overalls — store either of these in your diaper bag as an outfit backup, both can completely cover your kiddo if they get into a mess that covers everything else.

    Baptism by Laurenza

    This daaarling small business is in the US and stocked with sleeper suits, shoes, swimwear, outfits, accessories, and more. Oh, you want a hand knit gladiator costume? They've got it!

    Get the romper for $19.99 (available in four colors and sizes 3M–24M) and the overalls for $25.99 (available in five colors and sizes 3M–3T), both from Baptism by Laurenza on Etsy.

    12. And a pack of socks because somehow, inevitably, no matter how tight you tie their shoes, the escape artist you're raising is sure to find a way out of those shoes in an attempt to pull off their socks. What do babies have against socks? We may never know. But good to have an extra set hanging around just in case.

    Several pairs of baby socks with grip dots on the bottoms

    Promising review: "I bought these for my nephew since he is just starting to walk and we have wood floors in the house. My sister loved them. I really thought it was cute to have the socks come rolled and in a fancy little box. The variety of colors were perfect for him since they match almost all his outfits. The grippers on the bottom work pretty good and the price was good. I will likely buy more for him." —Heather Etheredge

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 11 styles and sizes 6M–T3).

    13. And an adult-sized shirt because accidents happen, and they'll usually happen on you.

    Person wearing crew neck shirt and jeans
    Forever 21

    This 100% cotton knit tee has a scoop hem, dropped shoulders, short sleeves, and a crew neck.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $9.99 (available in three colors and sizes XS–XL).

    14. A silicone teether sure to soothe breast-fed babes when nursing is a habit you're trying to ~nip~ in the bud.


    Promising review: "Oh em gee. I LOVE this. I breastfeed and my baby won’t take ANYTHING but a boob; not a bottle, not a pacifier, nothing. EXCEPT for this alien looking thing! It gives my boobs a much needed break and it keeps her happy. Dog hair and such does stick to it very easily but I mean, it’s silicone, what do you expect. You can just blow it right off or rinse it and it’s good as new. The downside is the rubber squeaking noise, definitely terrible but not enough for me to even dare take it away and risk becoming a pacifier again. Thank you thank you to the mom group that introduced this to me." —Jason English

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in five colors).

    15. Some fragrance-free baby wipes made of 99.9% water — you can use these for everything from your baby's bottom, to removing your own makeup. They're that safe!

    Baby holding bag of diaper wipes

    These are hypoallergenic, have no sulphates or parabens, and are made with only two (count um, TWO) ingredients: water (99.9%) and a drop of fruit extract. Each pack contains 12 wipes.

    Promising Review: "I am so happy that I have found these! My daughter no longer gets the painful red rashes that I once believed were "normal" diaper rashes. I feel much better knowing that my daughter is more comfortable now than she has ever been. Also, unlike most 'Natural' wipes they don't have that chemical-like smell or heaviness. These are so refreshing and wet that I also use them for makeup removal and facial cleansing. I highly recommend these and will order for as long as I am wearing make-up and changing diapers!" —Jacquelyne Perez

    Get them from Amazon for $12.32+ (available in multiple pack options).

    16. A pack of toy straps that'll prevent your mini football player from tossing their pacifiers and toys from a stroller or car seat.


    Promising review: "This is a simple concept, but something that you would not normally think you need. After losing a few toys off the side of the stroller, I felt there had to be a way to keep toys and bottles from falling over the edge. I found these and took a shot at ordering them. The straps come with snaps at differing lengths to accommodate anything from Sophie the Giraffe all the way to our large Tommee Tippee bottles. I have not lost a toy since getting these nor has a bottle fallen on the ground. The strap dries out easily when she may have some excess 'droolage.' I think I might start giving these as a shower gift." —Kay

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in eight colors).

    17. An SPF 50 mineral sunscreen best to have in your bag at all times, because forgetting sunscreen on a sunny day out could be a mistake ~burned~ in your memory forever (particularly if your kid's skin is as prone to sunburns as my own useless self).

    Adult applying sunscreen to young child's face

    Promising reviews: "Mineral sunscreen is really the best for babies and kids since it doesn't subject them to all the chemicals in typical sunscreens. But they can also be gloopy and hard to apply. I have seen this brand quite a bit on social media so when I saw it on Amazon I was anxious to try it for my ginger grandbaby, who is so fair she needs sunscreen all year round. We really liked it. It has a slight, pleasant smell, seems to go on smoothly, and absorbs quickly. Since it's just a gentle, mineral sunscreen meant for babies and children, it's also perfect for adults to use on our faces in a pinch. This will be a new staple in my beach bag." —FinAndMarketing

    "I got a chemical peel so needed a really good SPF and tried this. As a Black woman I was not sure how this would apply to my skin. At first It left a white cast no matter how much I massage it into my face. I then discovered if I first put the product in my palm and rub my palms together for a good five seconds, then massage it to my face, it does not leave a white cast. The product is creamy so the heat from rubbing it in my palms helps to spread it on my face better without the white cast. Try it, it works. It's great for sensitive, acne-prone skin like mine." —Vera Ife

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49.

    18. A pack of six reusable sandwich bags — an eco-friendly, washable option that'll make packing your snacks far more efficient.

    Person holding baggie with blueberries in front of fridge with several matching bags stored upright behind it

    Promising review: "I really like these. They are perfect to keep my diaper bag more organized and keep messy items contained. They open and close easily but with a good hold. Tested to hold water perfectly. The stand open design is very useful and will protect items well. The presentation was nice too and would make a good gift." —Mrs.Krahn

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A travel thermometer – a discrete and easy way to check your kiddo's temperature when away from home. It's also pretty dang useful *sigh* these days when you need to show their temperature at restaurants, school, etc.

    Parent placing thermometer by child's ear

    Promising review: "This thermometer is so easy to use and very accurate. I have to check my children’s temperatures daily to log them in before they can enter the school building. Using this thermometer makes it a breeze! " —Jridd2523

    Get it from Target for $36.99.

    20. A bag of strawberry peanuts that'll satisfy all your own PB&J cravings, whether you're trying out a low carb life or simply want a protein-filled snack that is *ridiculously* delicious. Parents need snacks too!,

    I am a *major* PB&J fan and I swear these little peanuts taste exactly like the real thing. IDK how there isn't bread stuffed into each nut. These have been a great solution for me because I often skip breakfast, but am happy to munch on these in the mornings. They're the #1 snack in my home.

    Promising review: "These are wonderful! Delicious! They really do taste just like PB&J! Shipping was very fast. I will definitely be purchasing again." —Em

    Get a 24 bag mini pack from SkinnyDipped or from Amazon for $24.99.

    21. A WubbaNub, the modern day baby must-have, sure to have your frustrated infant thinking, "Moooove over parental unit, I just want my toy!" Which in turn, should stop their crying. Thanks, weird cow toy.

    Infant with pacifier in mouth, attached to a small stuffed cow toy

    Promising review: "I love this, especially at night. My 4-month-old holds it while he sucks his pacifier and it doesn't fall out as frequently as a regular pacifier. I bought it as a novelty because his big brother is cow obsessed and it ended up being my favorite pacifier. This is cute and functional." —Kristhemom

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    22. A pair of fingernail clippers — a parent's multi-use tool that'll cut straws, loose threads, and that you can actually keep on planes. Plus this set comes with a magnifier, so you can see your baby's nail beds close up!,

    Promising review: "Super easy to hold. Easy to use. As ergonomic as I have seen. I cut my baby's nails while he was busy watching tv and he didn't even notice! I was able to cut his nails rather quickly as well! We'll done. This single dad is super happy with this purchase. I am much more comfortable with this as opposed to the baby nail cutting scissors." —J

    Get them from Amazon for $2.99.

    23. A pack of post-partum herbal pads – they're gonna help relieve pain and discomfort right after having your baby. These have wings, so they're easy to keep in place. They're made with a soothing mix of mint, lavender, and aloe that's gonna prevent odor-causing bacteria buildup and help you feel more comfortable.

    Package of wipes
    The Honey Pot Company

    This Black- and woman-owned company is based in Atlanta, Georgia. They partner with Happy Period, an organization that provides menstrual hygiene kits to those who are experiencing homelessness, low income, or living in poverty.

    Promising review: "Many products claim to offer soothing relief to sore post-baby bits, but none as clever as these. See, once you're done with those glorious ice pillow pads, there's only topicals to provide cooling and soothing, and often pads just soak those up, or they have crazy ingredients I don't want anywhere near my post-baby vagina. These pads solve that problem by BEING the soothing product, and the cooling sensation actually works properly. They don't soak up the products I use topically either. Admittedly, when I put on the first one it was like OH, OH MY GOSH because it felt so weird and tingly but after a moment the sensation felt amazing. I bought overnights too, for when things are a little less than they are now, and I am looking forward to using those. Consider me a convert. Oh, and the wings!! They're more like gussets. They fit perfectly!" —Ashley S.

    Get a pack of 12 pads from The Honey Pot for $7.99.

    24. An adjustable, silicone pocket bib you can toss in your bag, and then on your kiddo, before they toss their lunch all over their brand spankin' new sweater.


    Promising review: "We have a newborn in the family so I decided to gift them this bib. It's great because you can wash and reuse it as many times as you want without having to put it in the laundry like traditional bibs. The kids love it!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in four styles).

    25. A diaper cream applicator for keeping your fingers from getting greasy when you have some rather ~crappy~ business to attend to.

    Silicone applicator suctioned to table while person presses down on flat round application side to show soft flexibility from material

    Promising review: "I strongly suggest you get this if you don't want greasy fingers; that is the main idea. The bottom piece has a suction so you can place it anywhere at an upright position. It is easy to pick up diaper creams from a circular angle. This was a good investment overall." —HappyWife=HappyLife

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95 (available in three colors).

    26. An alcohol-free hand sanitizer that'll foam when you pump it out, making sanitizing their hands way more fun when all your kiddo wants to do is...get their hands on everything. The produce section never stood a chance.,

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The scent is great. They're in such a cute and small package that they easily fit into a diaper bag or backpack. I'm so happy with these!" —McEntire Tribe

    Get six from Amazon for $20.10.

    27. A beeswax diaper balm made for sensitive skin. Use this the next time your little one has a rash and you'll get why reviewers think this is the bees knees!


    Promising review: "These days countless products claim to be 'natural', but when one reads the ingredients, they are made with a couple of natural ingredients and multiple chemicals. I'm so glad to report that this is not the case with this Zarbee's Naturals Baby Daily Bottom Balm. This is truly made with natural ingredients, and without any of the harsh chemicals, dyes, or preservatives found in other baby diaper balms. It gently protects my baby's skin from getting a rash, while it keeps his skin hydrated. It has a mild scent, that doesn't linger, and it is transparent. I like the tube with the flip top cap, because it keeps the content without getting contaminated by use, unlike jars of ointments. And it has a good size, but is easy to carry in a diaper bag." —Techi

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    28. A three-pack of muslin burp cloths in calming neutral colors. These are machine washable and sized to make storage simple! Because, burp cloths? You're gonna want 'em.

    Three burp clothes in natural colors folded together in minimalist packaging
    Norman & Jules

    Norman & Jules is a couple-owned boutique toy shop in Brooklyn, New York. Fun fact: owners Courtney Ebner and Avi Kravitz named the store after their grandfathers, Norman and Jules! This award-winning shop is my personal go-to every time a friend or family member has a baby. I'm in love with all of their heirloom dolls and use several of their Maileg dolls as decorations over the holidays. BTW, if you like seeing little kids in bold outfits, their clothing selection can't be beat!

    Get it from Norman & Jules for $17.

    29. A travel-sized antiseptic and pain relief spray that'll work fast and make a big difference, preventing a bad fall from turning into a bad day.

    Reviewer holding the spray on applicator in their hand

    Promising review: "This is the perfect travel item to throw in my diaper bag. With a rambunctious toddler, I can always use some Neosporin on the go!" —Kelsey Marciano

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    30. A bug bite suction tool to remove bits of insect saliva and other irritants after a bug bite, to keep your kid from scratching their skin off after a mosquito finds its way into your campsite.

    Reviewer before and after with red, swollen bug bite healed after use

    Promising review: "Amazing! I am in complete shock at how well this worked. My son got stung by a wasp as you can see in my photo. After we did the suction he stop complaining about it hurting!" —Angela z

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    31. And finally (obviously) diapers — the general rule of thumb is having one diaper for every two hours you're out. Unless you like to live life on the edge, it's probably a good idea to take this parenting tip to heart.

    Box of diapers

    If you'd rather keep spare diapers that'll grow with your baby inside your bag, snag some adjustable cloth diapers!

    Promising review: "My baby got my super sensitive skin and these have been a life saver from diaper rash. We have yet to have a blow out too. I know there are a lot of cheaper decent diapers out there but they just don't work for my baby's skin like these do!" —Rachel Bartrom

    Get a box of 168 from Amazon for $66.94 (available in six sizes).

    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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