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An Experienced Mom’s No-Fuss Diaper Bag

When I was a new mom, I carried an overloaded diaper bag with me everywhere I went. It was heavy and a little tacky. By baby #2, I had paired down quite a bit but I had 2 babies to pack for. Once I had my third baby, I learned it was plenty to stick to just the basic, most essential, items.

Now, there are only 5 items I carry along with me and my little one. This checklist makes it quick and easy to get out the door while still having everything I need for most situations. A couple extra diaper bag tricks take care of all the other situations, helping me stay ready for anything, without toting the whole house along with me.

This post is sponsored by Beech-Nut. All opinions are my own.

These 5 essentials are all you'll need for an experienced mom's diaper bag approach! Plus, these super helpful tips and hacks to make the most of your diaper bag experience!

The Only 5 Things in an Experienced Mom’s Diaper Bag

Diapers – Stick to just what you’ll need, 2 or 3 are usually plenty.

Moms diaper bag - diapers and wipes

Wipes – These are so helpful for everything, from dirty hands to messy bottoms and cleaning off a binky.

Snacks – There is not much worse than a hungry baby or toddler. Snacks are essential for taming even the biggest tantrums.

experienced moms - snacks for a diaper bag

One Small Toy – Keep a small toy in your bag that is special and not played with at home. It can quickly diffuse a budding dispute with your strong-willed toddler. For a baby, choose a teether or mommy necklace to give them something to play with or soothe them.

small toys for a diaper bag

Water Bottle – Keeping a water bottle for yourself can pull double duty for both you and your youngster. Water can help clean up messes, cool them down, keep them hydrated, or just be mesmerizing to play with.

water bottle is a diaper bag essential

*Binky – If your baby loves their pacifier, I would absolutely consider that as one additional essential! My babies never took to them.

Diaper Bags Hacks from an Experienced Mom

Use a Purse – Ditch a traditional diaper bag. A purse is more stylish, comfortable to carry, and keeps you from feeling frumpy. Size up a size or two from whatever purse size  you traditionally choose, and you’ll have plenty of room for both your stuff and your baby essentials.

Backseat Car Organizer – Keep extra supplies that you may need in your car so they are always on hand. Include extra diapers, toys, changes of clothes for both mom and baby, diaper changing foldout pad, first aid kit, snacks and water, and a snuggle blanket.

backseat car orgainzer for kids

Pull-out Pouch – You can corral your essentials, or baby’s, into a zipper pouch inside your diaper bag. Then, it is easy to grab your essentials out of the diaper bag for a night out and keep your babies necessities with the sitter. Or pull out all your little one’s essentials to drop off with the day care provider quickly.

moms grab and go tote

Grocery Bags – Keep a couple of extra grocery bags in the car to store the unexpected. You can add a stinky diaper and tie it off to minimize smells until you can make it to a trash can. Use them to stash clothes from a car sick episode, blowout diaper, or potty accident. Collect the extras that fill up the car easily to bring them back inside. Or use your extra bags to tote the library books from storytime.

Create a Diaper Changing Station – Diaper changes can be stressful on-the-go, if you’re not prepared. Create a space, if possible, in the car to quickly and easily change diapers. Have a changing mat and all your supplies ready to go for an impromptu diaper changing station. Don’t forget your hand sanitizer!

diaper change in the car

Toddler Snacking On-the-Go

Keeping snacks on hand for your toddler is so important when you’re planning an outing. It’s the #1 thing I won’t leave home without. Beech-Nut makes it easy to pack along nutritious snacks for baby or toddler. Their new line of toddler snacks are made with simple, natural ingredients like fruits and veggies making them something I can feel good about serving my toddler.

toddler eating snacks on the go

Sometimes, out-and-about equates to junk or fast food, but because I want to give my toddler a healthy start and teach him good eating habits, I make it a priority to keep my own snacks on hand so we don’t end up having to resort to other options. I like to take advantage of easy snacks to keep my little one happy while we drive, and then he’s ready to go play and explore once we arrive.

kids snacks in cup holder

Beech-Nut’s new snack line includes: 

  • Fruity Oat Bars
  • Quinoa Crispies
  • Cereal Puffs
  • Fruity & Veggie or Yogurt Melties
  • and even an on-the-go Ready-to-Eat Cereal Pouch or pour and go baby cereal.

beech-nut snacks

You can find all of these yummy new products from Beech-Nut at select local grocery stores near you. Visit to find a retailer near you.

What are your top diaper bag essentials? 


Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Snacks are always in my bag no matter what! I've got to check these out for my kiddies!


Wednesday 7th of June 2017

My son is 7 now, but you are right! You only need a few essentials! IKeeps down the clutter and keeps ou from having to dig through a ton of unnecessary stuff

Hali @daytodayMOMents

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

Great way to keep the diaper bag organized, these are the basic essentials! :)


Tuesday 6th of June 2017

My kids are now teenagers but I always hated the bulkiness of the traditional diaper bag. Using a purse is definitely more stylish.


Tuesday 6th of June 2017

It's great that you threw the traditional diaper bag style out the window. I used to hate carrying those around when I would nanny for other people's kids. Just because you have kids in tow, doesn't have to mean you have to carry the ugliest bag ever. This is definitely the way to go! We buy Beech Nut products in our household and we don't even have kids, their bars are so great for on the go!

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