10 Nappy Bag Essentials Every Parent Needs To Pack:
So that you and your baby are well equipped for the day ahead, your nappy bag will need to house all of your essentials. But what are your essentials? Depending on how old your baby is and how long you are going out for, will help you determine what you need. A five minute walk to the shops will require a lot less packing than a day at baby group followed by lunch out. But here is a checklist of nappy bag essentials that could help you on your way and potentially save the day!
Nappies - and lots of them
In the early days, taking one for each hour you will be out is a good start. Nappy explosions can happen at any time (usually when you are dressed and just before you’re about to step out the door) but it’s better to take more just to be safe.
Wipes aren’t just going to be handy for nappy changes. Sick/milk spills on baby, to clean up your hands, and if your baby is eating solids, cleaning them up after any snacks and meals while you are out and about too.
You could either opt for a disposable or reusable changing mat. Either way, having a easy-fold changing mat in your bag is a must as lots of nappy changing facilities won’t provide one.
Plastic or biodegradable bags
Take a few out with you to store dirty nappies in and throw away. These bags can also be used to store dirty clothes once finished with.
Change of clothes
Depending on how long you are out for, there wouldn’t be any harm in taking a spare set of clothes in your bag for your baby in case of any spills or nappy explosions, ZIPPYUPs are an easy option as they don’t take up much space and are quick to change into.
Formula/ready made or expressed breast milk if bottle feeding so that you are prepared for feeding stops.
Your baby might have a dummy (bring 2) or a comfort blanket/toy so make sure you pop it in your bag before you go.
Suncream and sun hat if you are going out in the warmer months.
For older babies a banana is always a good option or bring some food you’ve prepared and store in reusable tupperware containers to save you searching the shops for something for your baby to eat while you’re out. Resealable bought sachets are great and you’ll also need a spoon!
Small toys and books
Depending where you are going, your baby may need some stimulation and entertainment so keep their little hands occupied with some small toys.
If you are breastfeeding in public you may want to use a nursing shawl for more privacy.
Breast pads for nursing mums
Before you leave the house slip breast pads into your bra to avoid milk leaks and bring some in your bag just in case too.
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