Shopping for a new diaper bag can be fun and exciting. But, did you know that you can also purchase diaper bag accessories that are sure to make your diapering on the go much easier?
Diaper bag accessories have been created to make your life easier. And let me tell you. They have made my diapering on the go an almost enjoyable experience. But, let’s face it, nothing to do with body fluids is 100% enjoyable. You still have the inconvenience of finding a place to change the baby, trying to hold a squirming baby still, and trying to undress and redress the little one as fast as possible. I could probably go on all day about all the fantastic accessories out there. However, I’m sure you don’t want to be here all day reading, so I have chosen my 7 favourites to discuss.
First up are the baby bottle bags. Why would you need a baby bottle bag? I’m so glad you asked!
Baby bottle bags are insulated bags designed to keep baby bottles, baby food, and other snacks cold or warm. They come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. You can get them to hold a single bottle while others can hold up to three bottles.
You don’t have to limit yourself to using these bags for food purposes only. Though they are insulated, the double bottle holders can are wonderful for other large items in your diaper bag such as diaper needs and restaurant needs.
Also, if you’re on a tight budget, you can use a small fabric lunch box as an insulated bottle holder. You get the same effect at half the cost.
Pacifier pods are fantastic for quick access to your baby’s soother. They are meant to hang on the outside of your diaper bag for easy access. You can also attach them to your stroller, but I find that on the diaper bag works the best, so you don’t forget it.
There are many styles available from lots of known brands.
The great thing about this small carrying case is that it is suitable for other small items you may want quick access to, such as; teethers, keys, chapstick, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, eye drops and contact lens cases.
Just when you think organizing your diaper bag couldn’t get any easier, along come the packing pouches! These handy little bags were created to keep items together in your diaper bag.
You can buy them in variety packs of different sizes or individually.
Buying all these pouches can get a bit pricey, so you don’t have to buy the diaper bag pouches specifically. There are lots of alternative options out there that you can use as a packing pouch:
- Packing cubes – comes in all sizes and tend to be less expensive
- Pencil cases – Pick them up at your local dollar store
- Waterproof snack bags – these are great for your liquid items such as medicines
- Cosmetic bags – easy to find in almost any store
- Ziplock bags – All else fails, pull out the sandwich bags and use them for diaper bag organization
There are also many ways to organize your packing pouches for the most effective packing. Here are some ideas for keeping pouches segregated:
- Diapering Needs
- Feeding Needs
- Resturant Needs
- Teething toys
- Medicine Bag
- First aid Kit
- Entertainment/Toy Bag
- Extra Change of Clothing
Of course, you can put whatever you want into your packing pouches; these are just some ways I found the most convenient. They have helped me to keep everything organized in my diaper bag, and now everything is easy to find.
I hope you can benefit from these as well.
Some diaper bags don’t come with a matching changing pad. I know its rare, but it does happen. Or maybe you don’t like the one that did come with your diaper bag. You can go out and purchase the changing pad that suits your needs.
There are lots of options out there to choose from such as foam changing pads, waterproof cloth changing pads, and even disposable changing pads are a thing too.
While I’m not usually an advocate for disposable items, the disposable changing pads are great for changing a blowout diaper in public. It will save your other changing pad from getting full of poop. You can throw it in the garbage when you’re finished cleaning up your baby, eliminating the need to put a poopy pad back in your diaper bag.
When you have limited space in your bag, I recommend the waterproof cloth changing pad. It can fold up small and fit almost anywhere in your diaper bag as it takes up about the same amount of room as a receiving blanket.
If your diaper bag didn’t come with its own wipes dispenser or the travel packs you can buy just aren’t working for you, there a variety of options for you to research.
Some the wipes dispensers available include hard clutch, soft clutch, with carrying handle, and you can even find ones with a pouch attached to store your other diapering needs such as diapers and cream.
Generally, the hard clutch can come with, or without, a carrying handle. I prefer to have the carrying handle so that I can attach the wipes to the outside of my diaper bag or stroller for easy access. Keeping your wipes on your stroller is an especially helpful option when on an all-day outing. I find that the hard clutch is sometimes a pain to fit in your diaper bag if you have limited space. Since the hard case always remains the same size, even when empty, you still have to make sure there’s room for it.
The soft clutch is mostly just like the travel wipes packaging but reusable. I find this option to be helpful when I have multiple soft clutches to refill all the time. Just open a regular wipes package and split the contents between the reusable ones. The soft clutch doesn’t take up much space and will get squished small when it’s getting low, eliminating the space issue found with the hard clutch.
IMO bag dispensers for soiled diapers is essential for diapering on the go, especially if you don’t have access to a garbage can. On road trips, we would change my daughters’ diapers in the trunk of the car on the side of the highway. These bags were a lifesaver to keep the dirty diapers in, especially the poopy ones.
The bag dispensers come with a clip so you can clip to the outside of your diaper bag for easy access. I use a diaper pouch with a handle and clip the bag dispenser to it so its always with my diapering essentials.
I know a lot of people who use the doggy poop bags instead of the proper diaper disposal bags, and I was one of those in the beginning too. Until I received a sample pack of actually diaper disposal bags and now that is all I will use.
Here’s a chart to show you the differences: As you can see the diaper disposal bags have a lot more features. I think the most significant differences are the odour control and material durability. Do you want to have to smell that soiled diaper in your car? Or how about worrying if the bag will rip open? The doggy poop bags are made from super cheap and thin material, and they do sometimes get a hole in them. It’s up to you if you want to risk it, but it’s not a chance I’m willing to take.
You will find that many diaper bags have started to include stroller straps as an additional accessory. Getting them with your diaper bag is great if you like the stroller strap they have provided, but what if you don’t? You’ll be like me and on the hunt for the best stroller strap that works for you.
There are a few great options out there for you to consider. You will want to be sure they’re made from durable materials like polyester. The hardware should also be metal for maximum durability. You can get them with clips or hooks to hold your diaper bag, and this one is entirely personal preference.
How they connect to the stroller is also significant. If you’re going to be moving the clips from one stroller to another frequently, you probably don’t want it to be Velcro as it will wear out quickly. I prefer they attach with clips because they seem to hold better and are convenient for moving. Another option to consider for hanging your diaper bag on your stroller would be to use a large carabiner. You can get some specifically made to use as a stroller clip with grips, so they don’t slide around.
Do You REALLY need All of these accessories?
While all the mentioned diaper bag accessories are super convenient to have, you don’t necessarily need them all. Pick and choose the ones that will make your diapering on the go a more pleasant experience. I do use all these today, but I collected them over time. You don’t have to go out and spend all your money at once. Just pick up one here and there, and before you know it, your diaper bag will be fully stocked with all the accessories you need.