Newborn Diaper Bag Essentials and Non-Essentials

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This post entitled Newborn Diaper Bag Essentials and Non-Essentials reviews my experience with Dr. Brown’s . This Luv Ashland post is sponsored through gifting by Dr. Brown’s. This post includes affiliate links.  

When I first became a Mom, and muffled enough courage to leave the house with my brand new baby boy, I was puzzled about what to pack in my newborn diaper bag. I had immediate anxiety based on what I needed and what I could possibly forget in situations outside of my home. I called my Mom to ask, but to quote her verbatim, “A lot has changed since the 80’s, Ashland,” and she continued with, “…no matter what you are missing, you can always figure it out, “go with the flow, Ashland.” She says facetiously though, as she and everyone who knows me know that I am not a go-with-the-flow kind of person and, on the contrary, am a HUGE planner.

So, with much research, experience and many emergency trips to stores for missing items, I believe I have compiled a list that you can confidently print out and use for your own newborn diaper bag!

Products that you can trust to fill your Newborn Diaper Bag

When I had my first kid, I heavily researched which products and brands would be safe for my baby. I know I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and research paralysis over all the different products and brands available for my kids. That was until I started using Dr. Brown’s for almost all my kid’s needs. Dr. Brown’s is a leader in innovation and the development of products focused around great functionality for parents and good health for babies. Dr. Brown’s has been voted, time and time again, to have the best bottle, designed by a doctor and recommended by pediatricians.

A lot of my initial confidence in choosing Dr. Brown’s came from the hospital that I delivered both of my kids in; if they were using and trusted Dr. Brown’s products and brand, then I could too. From bottles to pacifiers to snack cups and toddler plates, Dr. Brown’s is now a part of our family’s health and story and their products are ALWAYS inside of my newborn diaper bag.

What to Pack in your Newborn Diaper Bag

Non-Essentials that you can pack in your Newborn Diaper Bag

Some of the recommendations that I received when researching what to pack in my newborn diaper bag were things that made sense, but eventually caused my bag to be prepared to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. One of the recommendations was to pack an extra pair of clothes for yourself, which I agree is good to have as the baby does spit up on you from time to time, but I would keep that extra pair of clothes in your car if you need it. If you are worried about your baby spitting up on you and you have a stain on your shirt all day, it is more practical to just keep one of those Tide Pens in your newborn diaper bag for emergencies.

Another non-essential for your newborn diaper bag is a water bottle. Now, for me, I swear by my Hydro Flask and carry it everywhere I go but because of their size are near-impossible to keep inside of a newborn diaper bag. Having a back up reusable water bottle that can attach to your bag would be great, but if you do not have room for it in your bag, it is not essential.

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At the end of the day, the main thing is to not overly stress about your newborn diaper bag. Just make sure you pack your essentials, find a brand/company you trust like Dr. Brown’s and everything else is smooth sailing!


  1. With so many options available, it’s comforting to narrow it down to a few so as not to be confused. Dr. Brown’s has always been our go-to and I hope your readers have the opportunity to try Dr. Brown’s products when putting together their own Newborn Diaper Bag essentials!

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