This post is in partnership with Walmart, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Holidays change a little bit when there’s a baby around. In most ways, it really is for the better! It’s so special to see your baby discover the magic of the season and to make new traditions or carry on your favorites as a family of your own. However, traveling does get a little harder. It can be tempting to pack up the whole house, even if you are only headed to grandma’s for the weekend! I’m here to tell you that it isn’t necessary, but I understand how scary it can be to pack up with a baby not knowing what to expect. Lucky for you, you aren’t alone. We are here to help you pack up the diaper bag with all the essentials. Even better, you can get everything you need to prep baby for the holidays right at your local Walmart!
Obviously, for longer trips, you will need to pack a bag with more clothes, diapers, and other essentials in a separate bag or suitcase. However, with everything from this holiday diaper bag list, you will get through a full day of travel disaster-free!
Everything You Need in Your Diaper Bag for the Holidays
Our Favorite Diaper Bag Options
First of all, you are going to want a super functional diaper bag! I always loved having plenty of pockets and zippered spaces so that I could be organized. You don’t want to be desperately going through your diaper bag looking for a binky after a long day of traveling, trust me. Check out some options we love below!
If you aren’t bringing your stroller along, I would highly recommend checking out a backpack diaper bag as it will give you two hands for everything else you need to do. This Hello Bello from Walmart comes with a changing pad, 9 pockets, and 2 insulated pockets for bottles. I love that the shoulders are padded enough that you can wear this backpack all day comfortably.
This three-piece set has 6 pockets (some of them zippered), a changing pad, and insulated pockets for bottles. It is the perfect bag to organize everything you need for a long day.
Another diaper bag backpack! This Vemingo Infant Diaper Bag is one the larger side, with 15 pockets and 3 insulated bottle holders. It makes for a great bag when you’ve got a long day ahead to pack for.
Obviously, you are going to need some diapers in the diaper bag! My motto is honestly that you can never have too many when traveling or out for a long day. We have always loved Pampers Swaddlers because they are super soft and have a breathable liner that pulls wetness away from the baby’s skin.
It is also a good idea to have diaper rash cream in your diaper bag at all times, just in case your baby’s skin gets irritated. I choose Hello Bello because it is made from a mineral and plant-based formula.
All Things Snuggly
Winter, especially if you’re headed somewhere cold, requires having a couple of extra things packed to ensure your little one stays warm. For traveling, I highly recommend having lots of layers!
It took us until our third baby to invest in a bundle bag, and we definitely wish we had tried one out sooner! It slides right over your stroller or car seat and keeps your baby plenty warm. Plus, you won’t have to worry about blankets falling off.
You can never have too many onesies, which you probably already know! I would recommend packing 2-3 extras to avoid blowout disaster. They are so small anyway, so they aren’t taking up valuable space.
Food & Snack Necessities
Traveling is hard enough as it is, so you don’t want to add hunger into the equation. You will want to make sure you have plenty of snacks if your baby is eating solids. If not, just make sure to grab everything you need to make a bottle or breastfeed.
This little bowl set is one of my favorite travel essentials. It comes with the 4 bowls and lids as well as spoons. It is the perfect way to pack snacks.
If your little one is drinking out of a sippy cup, this is one of my very favorites. It was a 100% silicone tip that is actually leak-proof and easy to hold handles.
Of course, if your baby is still drinking formula or breastmilk, you will need to pack some bottles. Keep in mind, when taking off and landing it’s a great idea to give your baby a bottle. The sucking will help to relieve ear pressure!
Snacks for baby (and mom) are a must! These Apple Harvest Wagon Wheels are delicious, I know because desperate times call for desperate measures and I’ve definitely grabbed a few when hunger got the best of me. Plus, the flavor fits the holiday spirit!
‘Tis the Season for Sniffles
I love the holidays, but I don’t love that you are more likely to catch a bug this time of year. Fingers crossed you won’t have to use any of this, but it’s better to be prepared.
The stuffy nose kit comes with a couple of essentials; saline spray, drops, and a nasal aspirator. It will help you to remove any build-up of mucus in your baby’s nose and is even safe to use on newborns.
The Oggiebear also helps to clear mucus from your little one’s nose. It can also be used to safely remove excess ear wax.
It is a good idea to travel with Infant Motrin, especially during the cold and flu season. Make sure to talk to your pediatrician about dosing.