Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags


As any parent knows, the term “diaper bag” only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall
holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more
essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you’re in public
with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That’s why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We
pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here
are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here’s a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not
only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from
floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don’t have to be anything
particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you’re dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it’s


the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of
time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a
bag you can quickly grab. We’re partial to

pop-top wipes

that don’t dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn’t just being able to


what you need, but also


what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with

the formula you need

measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than
expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn’t fun
to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love

pouches with resealable caps

and snacks that come in their

own sealable containers.

Travel-sized snacks like

freeze-dried fruit crisps


meal-ready pouches

can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn’t the case with the
budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You’ll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can’t forget this must-have:
your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper
bag. Trust us when we say it’s a much better option than dumping out the bag’s contents on your
front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you’re going to want easy access to


essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet
and lip balm. Then, when you’re ready to transfer your items to a


purse, you don’t have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren’t just for diaper changes: They’re also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping
off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you’ll be reaching for them time and time
again, keep a

container of sensitive baby wipes

in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on

to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors’ prices. Or, follow


for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting
Motherly and mamas.

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