Diaper Bag Essentials

Alison’s Pantry is all about helping make life easier for families, and that includes easing the burden of new (or experienced) moms. We created a checklist of diaper bag essentials and snuck in a few extra goodies for all the moms out there.

diaper bag essentials

Diaper Bag Essentials

Whether you have kids in diapers or not, we as moms tend to pack around bags with goodies for our kids. Anything to prevent a tantrum outside the home, right?! Although we don’t offer baby essential products, we’ve been around the block once or twice- so we know what’s needed! Plus, we offer some really great snacks to pack in the event of hangry (hungry + angry) kids. And we all know, there is nothing worse than a hangry kid in public.

For Littles:

If you have a young baby, there is a lot more needed than what you’d pack around for a toddler. Here are some items we can’t do without:


Diapers, wipes, and rash cream.

I mean, it’s called a diaper bag for a reason! It is suggested to bring one diaper for every two hours you are out, plus extra just to be on the safe side. We suggest finding a good travel-pack of wipes so you don’t have to tote around a huge container. They’re great for your babies bum, your hands, or any messes that may happen in the car. As for rash cream/ointment, travel size is that way to go for those too.



If your child will take a paci, pack one or two in case they get fussy. We like to have a pacifier clip as well, so they don’t get lost.


Food for baby.

Depending on the age, this could be formula, (don’t forget a bottle!) baby food, or little snacks. For toddlers, you’ll want to bring a sippy cup of water. *See below for some Alison’s Pantry products that work great for quick snacks


A blanket. 

Regardless of the season, we always pack a light blanket. Whether they’re used as shade from the sun or in a cold car, they’re great to have on hand.


Extra change of clothes. 

You never know what a blow out will happen! An extra outfit is always needed for littles aged between babies and toddlers. In addition, we always bring extra socks because those suckers always seems to fall off little feet and get lost.



This will change depending on the age, but stick to silent toys like books, rattles, coloring books/pencils, etc. Basically, anything small to keep the kiddos entertained. One #momhack we love is to print off individual color pages rather than bringing whole coloring books. You can find some cute ones on Pinterest!

For Mom:

Now, we’d be lying if we said we only pack items for our kids in diaper bags. There are a few essential items for mom we keep in the diaper bag, especially when we don’t want to drag around a purse too.

  • Water bottle
  • Phone
  • Wallet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band-aids and ibuprofen
  • Extra shirt for yourself

Looking for some easy snacks to pack?

When you think of Alison’s Pantry, the thought of diaper bag products may not cross your mind. But, we are happy to share some products we love to keep on hand for our kiddos. Whether it’s in the car or in the diaper bag, we have found it crucial to have an “Emergency Food Stash”.
*These products are preferred for infant-toddler and older aged kids.

  1. We have found that our Shelf Stable Gossner Milk‘s is really great for diaper bags. Jamie Perkins from Pananca, NV shared, “My kids all liked the 2%, even though I originally bought it because our baby is turning 1 and I thought it would be so convenient to have these on hand for the diaper bag and traveling when I would want to try to keep cold milk on hand! It has been perfect! I can open it and pour it in the sipper or even let her drink it through the straw and she loves it!”
  2. For more quick drinks, we have Sunny D Tangy Original (#8581), V8 Splash Tropical (#1717) and Berry (#1716) Blends, and Mott’s Fruit Punch (#1083) or Apple Juice (#1082). Barbara Urban in Genoa, CO said, “These are great for kids in sports!! My kids love to have these, especially Sunny D, when they are at practice or during a game. So great for the price!!”
  3. So, try to think of finger foods and prepackaged snacks for your diaper bag to keep things tidy. Our favorites are Goldfish Crackers (#9037), Snyders Pretzel Snaps (#2319), JIF to Go Cups (#8390) Keebler Crackers, Mussleman’s Squeezables Applesauce (#9123), Granola Bars (#1138) and Welches Mixed Fruit (#1119) or Berries ‘N Cherries (#1288) Fruit Snacks.
  4. But, that’s not all! There are still more great products to pack. If you have an insulated bag, pack yogurt pouches, Tillamook Tillamoo’s Cheese Slices, fresh or frozen fruit, Cheeseheads String Cheese (#4972), fresh veggie sticks, or Wisconsin Pepper Jack Cheese Sticks (#3671).


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