It’s a good idea to completely repack and reorganize your bag as soon as your baby reaches the age of infancy.
I am sure you will find that your toy piles could replace diaper piles. The number of bottles you need in a day will decrease, but the number of snacks you take with you can multiply.
I strongly recommend that you empty your diaper bag. Get rid of all the items you haven’t used for a long time and add a few additions that are perfect for those toddler years. Here is our list of the most important things you should pack for toddlers’ diaper bags.
List of Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials
Before we start the record, I wanted to share a tip with all of you. After raising three kids, I realized how much more sense it makes to have a backpack style diaper bag than a shoulder bag. Especially when you come to the toddler years when you will bend down to help your child walk, hold his hand, and hunt him no matter if you have to struggle with these terrible ground tantrums.
Do yourself a favor and visit our guide to help you find the best backpack for diaper bags.
You will still need some diapers, but the number of diapers you need per day should be less. I like to have five diapers in my pocket for my toddler.
It may not be necessary yet, but at some point, your toddler’s potty will train. At this point, it would be a good idea to keep 2-3 pairs of underwear in the diaper bag.
Wipes are always invaluable, no matter what age your children are! Toddlers get messy, food is dirty, play is dirty, and you will use the wipes for so much more than just changing diapers.
4. Changing mat
I hardly use my changing mat anymore because my son is a toddler. The changing mat is a little too small for him, but I still like to leave it in my pocket, because now and then we come across a situation where I need it for a quick diaper change. You may find that you can take it entirely out of your pocket. If you haven’t used it forever, get rid of it. For me, it’s more reassuring to include it.
5. Additional change of clothes
I always have a change of clothes for my kid in the diaper bag. I tend to have the set in a zipper bag so I can use the kit to put the dirty clothes inside. If you train your child on the potty, I would strongly recommend that you have at least three pairs of shorts/trousers/skirts in your bag.
6. Sippy Cup
A drinking cup will probably have replaced most of your bottles. If you also use bottles, don’t forget to pack one of them. We love these two-handed, drip-free cups.
The snacks are fabulous! They can keep toddlers busy (think of sultanas in a box); they can help calm tantrums (yes, that’s called bribery), and obviously can keep them happy in a car when they get bored. I find that my toddler shreds and changes so quickly which snacks she likes in a day, so I want to have at least three different meals in my bag for her.
Have a set of toys in your pocket for your child. And take the time to change them from time to time, so they don’t get bored.
9. Coloring book and crayons
We love to have things to paint on hand. Super helpful in restaurants or waiting for the doctor.
10. Natural disinfection spray
Toddlers touch anything in sight. My son once brought me dog shit, which he found on the floor of the playground. Of course, it is dried, old shit, so it looked like a stone somehow, but it was still shit. Great to have a hand sanitizer at hand so you can clean them before you give them a snack. We like this organic lavender hand cleansing spray.
11. A sun hat
I like to have a sun hat in my pocket – no matter what time of year. The cap can be beneficial for keeping the sun out of your eyes during a nap in the stroller. They don’t take up the space that much, so it’s best.
Is there anything I have forgotten? What do you need to have in your diaper bag for your toddler?