New look, same Rascal + Friends.

Meet Rascals

Diaper Bag Essentials for Parents

May 1 2024
4 min read
Rascals Premium Diapers

6 Must-Have Essentials for a Diaper Bag for Every Parent

Becoming a parent is an exciting journey filled with joy, challenges, and many firsts. One of those firsts is packing your diaper bag – a crucial item for any outing with your newborn. The diaper bag is your on-the-go kit that helps you tackle any situation while away from home. For new parents, knowing what to pack in this bag can be a daunting task. That's why we've compiled a list of must-have essentials to ensure you’re always prepared.

1. Diapers and Wipes: The Non-Negotiables

First and foremost, you can’t have a diaper bag without diapers. The number of diapers needed can vary, but a general rule is to pack one diaper for every two hours you plan to be out, plus a few extra for unexpected delays or mishaps. Some parents even like to keep a fresh pack of diapers in the boot of their car. Rascals Premium Diapers are made with Zero Nasties and provide up to 12 hours of leak protection, to keep your little one snug and dry.

Wipes will become your best friend and are an essential part of every parents diaper bag. They are incredibly versatile, suitable not only for changing diapers but also for wiping down surfaces, cleaning dirty hands and faces. Rascals Sensitive Wipes are made with a premium embossed cloth that is thick and soft, to provide a gentle and effective clean. Our 99% natural formula is dermatologist tested to be safe on your baby’s skin, and our wipes contain no fragrance alcohol, phenoxyethanol, perfume, phthlates, SLS, parabens or lanolin.

2. Changing pad: Your Portable Changing Station

A changing pad helps keep changes on the go hygienic and comfortable for your little one. Many diaper bags include a changing pad, but if yours doesn't, there are plenty of portable options available. Look for a changing pad that is lightweight, foldable, and easy to clean. Some changing pads come with extra pockets or compartments, which can be useful for organizing diaper-changing supplies.

3. Extra Clothes: Preparing for the Unexpected

Babies are well-known for their ability to create messes at the worst of times. Packing an extra set of clothes (or two) is essential. Include a complete outfit, along with socks, a hat, and a bib. Layering pieces like onesies and sleepers can be helpful for quick changes.

4. Feeding Supplies: Nourishment on the Go

Feeding needs will vary depending on whether you're breastfeeding, formula feeding, or using expressed breast milk. For breastfeeding mothers, items like nipple cream, nursing pads, and a lightweight nursing cover can offer comfort and privacy. If you're formula feeding, pre-measure the formula into a dispenser and bring a bottle with pre-measured water. For older babies, you might need snacks, a sippy cup, and utensils. Pack a burp cloth too.

5. Health and Grooming Kit: Be Prepared for Anything

A compact health and grooming kit can be a lifesaver. Essential items include baby nail clippers or files, a digital thermometer, and a bulb syringe for clearing a stuffy nose. Depending on your baby's needs, you might also include teething gel, pain relief medication, and a small tube of diaper rash cream. A miniature first aid kit with items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and a small tube of antibiotic ointment can also be helpful.

6. Comfort Items: Soothing and Entertainment

Don't forget to pack a comfort item like a favorite small toy, teething ring, or a soft blanket. If your baby has a preferred pacifier, bring a spare along with a clean, hygienic case. For older babies, a book or two and a couple of toys can provide entertainment during longer outings.

FAQs: Diaper Bag Essentials

Essential items include diapers, wipes, changing pad, extra clothing, feeding supplies, diaper rash cream, and a blanket.

Look for a spacious, organized bag with compartments, sturdy material, and comfortable straps to accommodate and organize essentials efficiently.

Yes, packing a few extra outfits can be helpful in case of spills, accidents, or unexpected changes in weather while on-the-go.

Yes, small toys, books, or a teething ring can help keep the baby entertained and calm during outings or when waiting.

Include items like hand sanitizer, baby sunscreen, baby lotion, and a small first-aid kit for minor emergencies while away from home.