6 Unexpected Diaper Bag Essentials You'll Be Glad You Packed

Leather book bag, folded diapers, sunglasses, shoes, and wipes

Besides diapers (one for each hour you're away from home) and baby wipes, here's a list of surprising diaper bag essentials from popular brands and stores like Burt's Bees and Old Navy.

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Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer

It's important to be clean while interacting with a baby, especially in those first few months of infancy while their immune system is still developing. Instead of constantly washing your hands, we recommend having a bottle of Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer within reach. Not only is it travel friendly, but it's also proven to kill viruses and bacteria that soap might miss.

To buy: $6; walgreens.com

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CraveBox Healthy Care Package

As important as it is to keep your baby fed and satisfied, it's equally important to have a yummy and nutritious snack for yourself while on the go. For less than $30, you can purchase this box of goodies, containing Veggie Straws, granola bars, popcorn, and so much more. Whether it's for yourself or a fellow mom, this care package is a thoughtful gift any parent would love.

To buy: $25; amazon.com

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Folded changing pad with stripes from Nordstrom photo

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On the Go Coated Organic Cotton Changing Pad

Babies sometimes need a diaper change when it's not convenient, like when you're on the road and far away from a changing room. Waterproof and easy to fold, this organic cotton changing pad will make on-the-go changes and organizing your diaper bag a breeze. It even features hidden interior pockets, great for stashing the essentials (i.e. wipes and diapers). You also have the option to match this diaper bag must-have with the rest of your accessories, thanks to the four available colors.

To buy: $40; nordstrom.com

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Gray one-piece for a baby from Old Navy photo

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Cozy Footed One-Piece

Messes are bound to happen while you're away from home with your baby—so be prepared with this solid one-piece from Old Navy. Featuring a center zipper that goes along the inseam of the left leg, this sleeper makes diaper changes hassle-free. It also comes in five neutral colors, and at only $17 we recommend getting two or three.

To buy: $17; oldnavy.com

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Natural Multipurpose Ointment

Inspired by Blake Lively's Amazon baby registry, this unexpected diaper bag essential is a natural alternative to other multipurpose ointments you find at the drugstore. Pediatrician-tested and petroleum-free, it's a safe and effective way to moisturize and soothe your baby's skin. Put it in your diaper bag's side pocket or the center compartment for quick and easy access.

To buy: $9; amazon.com

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Green, blue, and purple pouches from Amazon photo

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Diaper Bag Organizer Pouches

These diaper bag pouches are a great way for you to stay organized while out and about with your baby. Each one features a fun and unique print design to help you easily find what you're looking for (without dumping out your tote's entire contents). We suggest upgrading to the five-piece option if you have more to tow.

To buy: $30; amazon.com

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