As a parent, you want to be prepared as best as you can, including preparing your baby’s diaper bag with the essentials. From heading to the doctor to running errands, your diaper bag will be home away from home for you and your baby.

When choosing a diaper bag, make sure it has several pockets for storage since most women find it helpful to place common items from their purse into the diaper bag. That way, you’re only carrying one bag.

Mustela has you covered with this checklist of diaper bag essentials that every parent needs so you’ll be ready to go at a moment’s notice!

Diaper Bag Essentials: Diaper Changing

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Portable Changing Pad

A portable changing pad is used to protect your baby from unclean surfaces during diaper changes. Whether you’re changing a diaper in the back of your car, at a friend’s house, or anywhere in-between, a portable changing pad is essential for those very frequent diaper changes.

Expert tip: Keep your eye out for a diaper bag that contains a built-in changing mat!


You really can never have too many diapers on hand, but you also don’t want to overload your bag with them. Pre-pack your diaper bag to have about six diapers ready to go.

If you’re not rushing out the door to leave in a hurry, then you can arrange your diaper bag accordingly based upon how long you plan to be out of the house.

Disposable Wipes

Always keep a full pack of Mustela’s Diaper Wipes in your diaper bag. Wipes can be used with each diaper change, but they are also ideal for quick cleanups of your baby’s face and hands when needed. Check your diaper bag for hidden areas to place the diaper wipes for easy access.

Diaper Rash Cream

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Apply Mustela’s Diaper Rash Cream 123 to protect your little one’s skin from diaper rash. Use as often as needed with each diaper change or after long exposure to a wet diaper. This cream continues to work in-between diaper changes to prevent future rash recurrences.

You can also try Mustela’s Liniment. This easy-to-use, fragrance-free natural cleansing lotion moisturizes and protects your little one’s diaper area. Even better? It is now available in a pump bottle to make diaper-changing time a breeze.

Keep both of these must-have items in your diaper bag so your baby doesn’t go without them during diaper changes away from home.

Plastic Bags For Dirty Diapers

Nothing is worse than having a dirty diaper lingering around. Don’t let this happen to you! Stock your diaper bag with plastic bags to hold dirty diapers until you can properly dispose of them.

An added bonus: these bags take up minimal space in your diaper bag!

Diaper Bag Essentials: Clothing

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Change Of Clothes

Anticipate accidents by having an extra pair of clothes for baby stored in your diaper bag. This includes a change of pants/bottoms, a onesie or shirt, and an extra pair of socks.

It might be a good idea to throw in an extra shirt for you as well. After all, you never know what the day may bring — spit up, drool, spilled milk, or splattered food, for example.

Expert tip: include an extra set of pajamas for nap times on the go. Mustela’s Stelatopia Skin Soothing Pajamas are ideal for little ones with eczema-prone skin and provide soothing relief while your baby sleeps — no matter where you are.


For the winter months, keep a soft hat for your baby in your diaper bag. If you’re out and about for quite some time, your little one will be bundled up and the hat will keep them warm during those cold winter days.

As for the summer months, your baby needs a sun hat. It will protect their eyes from the brightness of the sun. It will also protect the skin on your little one’s face from the sun’s harmful rays.

Baby Blanket

A baby blanket is used for both comfort and protection. If a blanket comforts your baby, keep it close by to soothe your little one. For protection against the cold and wind, use the blanket to keep your little one warm.

Diaper Bag Essentials: Feeding

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Burp Cloths

Keep burp cloths in your diaper bag so you’re prepared to catch any spit up after feedings. Look for burp cloths that have an extra absorbent factor. This type of burp cloth is durable and absorbs liquid in a matter of seconds.


It’s inevitable that your baby will need to eat while you’re out of the house. Store nipples and bottles in an easily accessible area of your diaper bag.

Expert tip: For quick preparation, fill bottles with water before placing them in your diaper bag. Now all you have to do is add in a few scoops of formula and you’re ready for feeding time!


If your bottles are not pre-made and stored in an insulated tote, then you’ll need to pack your baby’s formula. Instead of bringing the entire tub of formula, gather a few scoops to store in a small container. By doing this, you’re conserving space in your diaper bag.

Baby Food

If your little one is at the age when they’re eating baby food, gather a few jars of either premade or pre-packaged baby food to keep in your diaper bag. Don’t forget the spoon!


Babies are naturally messy eaters, so store a bib or two in your diaper bag. The bibs will protect your little one’s clothes from getting soiled and dirty while eating. You can also use them to easily clean around your baby’s mouth and wipe away food residue to prevent rashes.

Diaper Bag Essentials: Baby Care

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Sickness tends to creep up at the most unlikely time, so it’s always a good idea to keep a thermometer packed away to check for fevers while you’re on the go.

Hand Sanitizer

You generally wash your hands after diaper changes, but sometimes soap and water are not close by. That’s when you reach for your hand sanitizer. Purchase covers for it that hang from a strap on your diaper bag so that it doesn’t take up any space on the inside.

Recovery Cream

Mustela’s Cicastela Moisture Recovery Cream is a multi-purpose ointment that delivers soothing relief from head to toe. This small and convenient diaper bag must-have works to relieve your little one’s skin discomfort by delivering cooling hydration.

Use this ointment to defend your baby’s skin against common skin concerns, such as minor cuts and scratches, insect bites, red patches, skin sensitivity, and even diaper area redness.

Diaper Bag Essentials: Skin Care

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Moisturizing Lotion

Need a quick boost in hydration for your baby’s skin? Mustela’s Hydra Bebe Body Lotion is your answer. It provides immediate and long-lasting moisture for your little one’s delicate skin.

Consider keeping Mustela’s Bebe On The Go set in your diaper bag. This travel-sized set includes the Hydra Bebe Body Lotion along with gentle cleansing gel and facial cleansing cloths for complete and easy cleansing and hydrating wherever you are.

Nourishing Stick

Mustela’s Nourishing Stick With Cold Cream is a travel-friendly moisturizer that provides heavy-duty skin protection to relieve your baby’s irritated cheeks and lips.

While the Hydra Bebe Body Lotion moisturizes your baby’s skin, the Nourishing Stick provides moisture to their delicate facial areas. It’s the perfect skin protection during cold or windy days.

Diaper Bag Essentials: Extras

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Stash away a few toys, such as a rattle or even a teether, to add a little entertainment to the car ride or your outing.

Extra Pacifiers

Pacifiers have the amazing tendency to disappear at a moment’s notice. Stay on top of this mystery by storing a few extra pacifiers in the pockets of your diaper bag.

No-Rinse Cleansing Water

Mustela’s No Rinse Cleansing Water thoroughly and gently cleans your baby’s face, body, and diaper area while on the go. Add a few pumps of the No Rinse Cleansing Water to a cloth and start wiping away. No need to rinse with water!

Water And Snack For Mom

And, mom, don’t forget about you! From running errands to going to doctor’s appointments and everything in-between, you can quickly become exhausted. Replenish your body with a protein snack and a bottle of water for a quick boost.

Place these items in a side pocket of your diaper bag for optimal storage to avoid taking up space on the inside.

Do You Have Everything?

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While it may seem like a lot and you may be wondering how everything will fit, most of the items on this list are small and take up minimal space in your diaper bag.

You’ll have everything you need when you prep your diaper bag for diaper and clothing changes, along with your little one’s feeding essentials. Your baby’s skin care necessities are taken care of, and you even have a few extras for yourself.

So leave your worries behind. All you have to do now is grab the diaper bag and go!