Diaper Bag Essentials for Two Under Two


If you’re a mom, you know how important it is for your diaper bag to be fully stocked with the essentials when you leave the house.

When you have two babies under two years old, it adds a new level of “preparedness” to the mix and challenges your organization for sure.

I like to think of myself as sort of a minimalist. I hate clutter, I love to get rid of things, and I try to keep only what I really need around me.

The same is true when it comes to diaper bags. In fact, I didn’t even really have one when I just had James. I used a large Longchamp bag, and that worked perfectly. When Ella came around, I realized I needed something a bit more organized, so I purchased this neutral black Vera Bradley tote (still not a typical diaper bag – in my opinion, they can be overpriced and not as practical).

As you can see, it has 6 large pockets inside and  still has a ton of room for the essentials! It’s easy to clean and easy to manipulate – for example, when I’m shoving it into the bottom of the stroller trying to get two kids out of the car ;).

I try not to bring the kids out for too long on my own (we save those trips for the weekend when Mama has help), so the items below are usually for one of our weekly outings where we are only gone for a couple of hours at the most.

When you have an 18 month old and a baby, you need to pack individualized items that they both need. My son isn’t potty-trained yet. Is any 18 month old boy?! If so, please tell me the secret; and my daughter needs developmentally appropriate items of her own too, like teethers.

Here are the items that I always pack for James:

1. An extra shirt (I have extra clothes, diapers, and wipes in the car).

2. Two diapers.

3. A sippy cup of water (we LOVE this Munchkin 360 non-spill cup).

4. A few snacks (just in case he doesn’t like something or is extra hungry). I love packaged foods for travel, like Annie’s fruit snacks or a kid’s Clif bar, but other things I like include a banana, a snack bag of cereal or crackers or a tupperware container of blueberries or cut up grapes. If we’re going to someone’s house, I will pack a little more, like a yogurt or a sandwich, etc.

5. A few small toys.

Here are the items that I always pack for Ella:

1. A change of clothes.

2. A bib (I have extra in the car).

3. A thick blanket in case she wants to play on the floor.

4. Two diapers (more in the car as well).

5. A few teethers and a rattle.

6. A bottle with powdered formula.


Here are the items that I always have that work for both of the babies, and myself!

A changing pad is essential! You don’t want to have to put baby down on those changing tables in public restrooms. Actually, I’ve only had to do that once. I would much rather use the trunk of our huge SUV with a blanket and pad to be honest! I also pack Children’s Tylenol, just in case.

Babyganics wipes are my life-saver. They are gentle on the face and hands, and also are a strong wipe for changing diapers too! I use Arbonne ABC diaper cream right now, and always have a mini hand-sanitizer as well. Sometimes I throw in a mini children’s safe sanitizer too.

These are my essentials :). My wallet, keys, Burt’s Bees chapstick, and Arbonne lavender vanilla lotion. I don’t carry a purse when I have the diaper bag.

When we are going somewhere that requires us climbing stairs or me carrying both of them, I use a simple backpack. That sight is an interesting one for sure! I can’t wait for the day when James is a little older and can walk holding my hand or the stroller. For now, I’m still too worried!

Well, there you have it! The diaper bag essentials for two kids under two years old. Anyone have anything else that I missed? Here’s to being organized and prepared!

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