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As any experienced mom will tell you, your diaper bag quickly becomes your new best friend for any big or small adventure with the family. It will represent your freedom and peace of mind away from home. You will need it to save the day on a daily base, whether it is to deal with an unexpected diaper disaster or quickly feed a famished toddler.

To help you get prepared for all possible scenarios, we have put together a practical diaper bag essentials checklist. This should help you cover all the bases to enjoy those relaxed and adventurous moments out as a family.

Diaper bag essentials

  • Diapers (of course!)
  • Foldable changing pad
  • Wet wipes
  • Recyclable plastic bags
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Spare onesie and set of clothes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nursing cover (check out our Premium Baby on the Move nursing covers here)
  • Nursing pads for mom (if you are breastfeeding)
  • Formula and bottles (if you are bottle feeding)
  • Baby toys
  • Pacifier
  • Burping cloth or muslin (also great for covering boys during changes)
  • Bib
During summer:

  • Summer hat
  • Sunscreen
During winter:

  • Warm hat
  • Lightweight blanket
For older kids:

Finally, don’t forget to pack some of your own essentials (like water) and personal items. It will save you carrying a purse ????

Most of all, don’t forget to pack a good mood and have fun!

Do you have other essentials in your diaper bag? Let us know on Instagram or Facebook.


I’m the super proud mom of Margot, Kasper and Basile 3 wonderful kids who have made me realize what’s important in life and made me even more passionate! I’m a former language and speech therapist turned goldsmith turned entrepreneur. I grew up in Belgium, discovered my love for traveling during an internship in Suriname, and ended up becoming a mom in South Africa. I was lucky to find my soulmate in Mikael, who supports my dreams and challenges me to make some bold moves. I manage Baby on the Move on a full-time basis, develop our strategy and design our products.

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