An essential skill new parents need to master is how to pack the diaper bag. Knowing what to put where — and what to leave at home — can be the difference between an efficiently packed bag and a black hole of baby stuff that can literally break your back.

Let’s start with the actual essentials for a diaper bag, versus the “I have to take everything everywhere” approach:

Now, take a look at this mom’s method for packing her diaper bag:

Lastly, how do you know what diaper bag is right for you?

What diaper bag tips do you have for new parents?

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