Five Must-Haves for the Perfect Diaper Bag – Frugal Novice

Five Must-Haves for the Perfect Diaper Bag


You’ve probably seen my recent Pregnancy & Baby posts featuring products for new moms – with my new nephew being born in October, babies are on my brain.

Our gift to my sister-in-law was actually a diaper bag, which I think is arguably one of the most important things to get when you have a baby – there’s so much to bring along with you, especially when you’re dealing with a newborn.

Equally important to the diaper bag is the contents of the diaper bag. It can be a little  overwhelming at first trying to figure out what you really need to include and what’s not that crucial, so I decided to put a list together showcasing five must-haves for the perfect diaper bag.

1. Diapers.

Kiiiiind of a no-brainer, especially considering that the name of the bag is a diaper bag. Make sure you have plenty, especially in the first few months. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you go through them in the early stages!

Huggies Little Snugglers are a perfect option. They have GentleAbsorb liner and wetness indicator, which has tiny pillows that provide a cushiony layer of protection between your baby’s skin and moisture. For new babies, these are great because they have an umbilical cord cut-out that protects belly buttons as they heal. And you don’t have to worry about leaks – Leak Lock protects for up to 12 hours, and there’s a pocketed back waistband to help keep runny messes inside.

I found a great deal on these at Sam’s Club, which is a great place to stock up since you know you’re going to need a lot!



Check out how many came in the box – that’ll last you a while, even with a ton of diaper changes!


2. Wipes

A close second in necessities for your diaper bag is wipes. You’ll also use lots of these. I wrote a while back about the Huggies Natural Care wipes and the super-cute clutches you can get to carry them within your diaper bag. Just like the diapers, you can find these in bulk at Sam’s Club.


3. Extra clothes. Several sets.

You might want to be a minimalist when you’re packing your diaper bag. I know that’s how I roll; I don’t want to be bogged down with too much to carry, especially when carrying around a baby in an infant carrier.

But friends, please don’t skimp on packing a change of clothes for your little one. Or really, several sets. It’s not about fashion (although I guess you could set them up for a high-maintentance lifestyle by changing clothes just because, but between blowouts (even with the best diapers, babies somehow manage to have explosive incidents from time to time) and spit up you want to be prepared.

baby goods hanging on the clothesline

4. Bottles/Food

If you formula feed, you definitely want to have bottles on hand for when your baby gets hungry. Even if you breastfeed you might want to have a bottle on ice so your husband can help feed the baby while you’re out. And as your child gets older, things like puffs and cereal can be a lifesaver to tide them over until food arrives at a restaurant, or many other instances too.


5. Stain Remover Pen

Not for your baby’s clothes, but yours. As we mentioned above babies can be messy, and you don’t want to walk around with an awkward stain on your shirt all day!


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  • Suzanna @ One Hoolie Mama December 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    A stain remover pen is a great suggestion! I hadn’t thought of that and I’m two years into this parenting thing…. :)

    • Christi December 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thanks! I didn’t think of it until kid #3, when I was 5 years into parenting!