Nappy Bag Essentials
Nappy bags are an essential part of leaving the house with baby. A well packed nappy bag can save the day, but what do you pack apart from nappies? How many of each item do you pack? With backpack nappy bags you can almost take the entire house with you.
Start with Nappies, wipes and bum rash cream. Quantity all depends on age of baby & how long you are leaving the house. I always liked to have a min of 6 nappies in my bag at all times. We also used MCN ( modern cloth nappies and would take at least 2 with an extra wet bag, because poop explosions. You can also buy disposable bags to pop your dirty nappies in also. Take the entire wipe packet, wipes are a parents best friend. Don’t forget your change mat, and hand sanitiser . Our nappy bags do include a change mat, Bonus!
Clothes & swaddles for baby, 2 changes of clothes for baby. A cute onesie and something warmer like a cardigan or long onesie and long pants is a great idea, pack to the season and where you live. A hat and baby safe sunscreen, keep them safe from the sun. Pack some swaddles, these come in handy not just for wrapping baby but to pop over your pram when baby is sleeping, over your shoulder while breast feeding or a safe surface to change baby on. It’s always a great idea to have a spare shirt in the car or nappy bag for both mum and dad.
Burp Cloths or bibs are an essential. Don’t ruin your good swaddles with milk spit, instead of walking around with an old hand towel grab some of our gorgeous bib burp cloths. these guys are a 2 in 1 burp cloth bib.
Bottles and formula or expressed breastmilk. If you use formula, it’s best not to prepare it before you go. Instead, pack a formula dispenser. Pre measure into each section of the dispenser. There is some amazing formula dispensers out there, we always avoided taking the entire tin unless we couldn’t pack enough in our dispenser. Clean bottles with the required amount of warm water. Expressed breastmilk can be kept at room temperature (no warmer than 26 degrees) for around six hours. Most nappy bags have insulated bottle holders.
Nursing cover, Booby cream and some spare breast pads if you are breastfeeding, nothing worst then leaking through your breast pads. Anything you feel. That will make you feel more comfortable feeding baby while out and about.
For older babies
bibs, spoon, water tight food container with food or a food pouch and finger food depending on baby’s age. Sippy cup with water.
Toys, teethers or pram toys – Keep them entertained while out and about with some toys. Choose toys based on your outing and your baby’s age. A toddler going to a restaurant often requires a lot of entertaining distractions, while a four-month-old may be happy with one teether.
Mum and dads things, don’t forget about yourself. I never really carried a separate handbag, I always popped my phone, wallet, keys ect into bubs baby bag, don’t forget your pads or tampons. We also always kept our hospital personal health record book (red book) in our bag too. Hot tip, keep it in a sealed pouch safe from spills.
First aid kits are super handy and most of the time left out of a nappy bag. In a waterproof container or bag, pack band aids, antibiotic cream, pain reliever (for you and your child).
Its always a great idea to check everything before leaving the house and keep it organised for smooth baby outings.