What’s in My Diaper Bag: Essentials for Both Baby and Mom

Written by: Chelsey Chalk



Time to read 3 min

Parenthood is an incredible journey filled with precious moments and unexpected adventures. Amidst the joy and chaos, one indispensable companion stands out—the trusty diaper bag. Packed with essentials to navigate any baby-related situation, it becomes a lifeline for moms and dads on the go. Luckily, Freshly Picked has a variety of stylish diaper bags to keep me organized! In this detailed guide, we will explore the contents of the ultimate diaper bag, placing a spotlight not only on the must-haves for the little one but also on items that make life smoother for the superhero behind it all – mom. 

Baby's Essentials:


Undoubtedly the star of the show, diapers are the foundation of any well-prepared diaper bag. Ensure you pack enough to handle unexpected diaper explosions or messy mishaps.


A pack of baby wipes is a versatile tool for quick and easy clean-ups, perfect for diaper changes and messy hands alike. Our Seoul Backpack includes straps to secure your wipes for easy access!

Extra Baby Outfit (Shoes + Socks)

Accidents happen, and having an extra set of baby clothes ensures your little one stays comfortable and stylish throughout your outing. I also stay extra prepared with a pair of Freshly Picked leather baby shoes + a pair of socks to keep baby cozy.

Changing Pad

A portable changing pad is a game-changer, transforming any surface into a baby-friendly space for clean and safe diaper changes. Luckily all Freshly Picked diaper bags come with a machine washable changing pad that matches my bag perfectly!

Burp Cloth

An absolute essential during feeding times, a burp cloth, keeps both baby and mom mess-free, making it a valuable addition to your diaper bag. We’ve got to protect our outfits at all costs!

Bottle, Formula, and Binky

For feeding on the go, these items are crucial. Make sure you pack a bottle, formula if not breastfeeding, and a binky, or 3, for soothing your little one. Freshly Picked Diaper Bags include an insulated pocket to keep your bottle temperature just right!

Diaper Cream

A diaper bag must-have, diaper cream, ensures those little bottoms stay rash-free and happy throughout your travels.

Toys + Books

Entertainment is key, especially when you're on the move. Pack a small toy and a colorful book to keep your baby occupied and content during outings. If your baby is teething, a teether toy is a must!


As your baby grows, having some healthy snacks on hand becomes a game-changer for fussy moments or unexpected hunger.

Sanitizing Wipes

Keeping things clean is essential, especially when you're out and about. We all know that binky is going to end up on the ground somewhere. Sanitizing wipes come in handy for various situations, ensuring a hygienic environment for your baby.

Mom's Essentials:


Just like for the baby, snacks for mom are essential. Keep your energy up with a variety of nutritious and easily portable options. My personal favorites are protein bars, Mamma Chia squeeze packs,  and Salt and Vinegar Almonds.

Wallet, Keys, Phone

The holy trinity of mom essentials. Keep them organized and easily accessible in dedicated pockets of your diaper bag for a smooth outing. Freshly Picked Diaper Bags keep mom in mind for this one! Most of our bags include a key clip and a mom pocket that perfectly fits your phone and wallet so that they are always accessible!

Hair Ties or Claw Clip

Because, let's face it, sometimes a mom's hair needs to go up for a quick and practical solution. Include both hair ties and a claw clip for versatile styling options.

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial for both mom and baby. A reusable water bottle ensures you have water readily available, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for both of you. I keep it either in the outside water bottle pocket or if the interior insulated pocket is free, I’ll store it there for temperature control.

Stroller Clips

Keep your diaper bag within easy reach by using stroller clips. This convenient accessory attaches your bag securely to the stroller, allowing for hands-free strolling and easy access to essentials. Freshly Picked offers stroller clips to perfectly match your diaper bag!

Pump and Milk Bags

If you're a pumping mom, having a portable pump and milk bags allows you to maintain your feeding routine even when away from home. Ensure your pump is compact and easy to use on the go. Sometimes you don’t need this if your baby is with you so check out the blog post What’s in My Pump Bag.

A well-packed diaper bag is a parent's best friend, equipping you to face any parenting adventure with confidence. By including essentials for both baby and mom, you're not just prepared for the unexpected – you're ready to make every outing a breeze. So, pack up, stay organized, and enjoy the journey of parenthood with a stylish Freshly Picked diaper bag by your side. Remember, every item you include is a step towards ensuring comfort, happiness, and convenience for both you and your little one.