When you’re out and about with your baby (0 – 12 months), whether it be on a small trip to the park or a day sight-seeing in a foreign city, you need to make sure you have all the essentials in your nappy bag (also known as a diaper bag, baby bag or baby changing bag).
When I was pregnant, I was browsing the nappy bags in the baby section of my local department store and wondered, “Why are all the nappy bags so big?” and “Why do they all have so many pockets? … What else besides nappies and wipes will I need in my nappy bag?” So, when I got home, I googled “What to keep in your nappy bag” and google returned a fair few top 10 lists all of which were all very similar.
Below, I have included this list below as it is the core of what is needed in a nappy bag, under “Top 10 nappy bag must haves.” Along with this list I have included recommendations of products that work for me and my family, opting for the most natural (for my baby) and economic (for my pocket) options.
However, there are another 10 things that I discovered (some whilst travelling) that you must always carry in your nappy bag in case of emergency or exceptional circumstances. These will be covered in a follow-up blog post.
TYPICAL TOP 10 NAPPY BAG MUST HAVES
- Change mats – I have 2 in my nappy bag:
- A disposable change mat for when using public change tables and get thrown with the dirty nappy, and
- A reusable change mat (they come with most nappy bags) for use when I’m at someone’s home or need to use my stroller as a change table. The reusable change mat gets sprayed with disinfectant spray and wiped clean after every use and can be washed when required
- Nappies/Diapers – I carry at least 4 with me as my baby once pooped 3 times in the space of an hour, lucky I had just enough nappies/diapers with me!
- Wipes and Tissues – I use WaterWipes which claim to be the world’s purest wipes as they are chemical free, made with 99.9% water and 0.01% fruit extract. I bought a box of these on Amazon for a great price but they are available at most pharmacies and supermarkets in the UK and I recently saw them in a supermarket in Australia, I haven’t seen them in other countries I have travelled in, so I take a pack (or two) with me when I travel.
- Nappy Rash ointment or cream – I use a product from the “Tis Elias” range which, contains St John’s wort infused in organic olive oil. St John’s wort has been proven to have skin healing properties, while olive oil helps create a seal between the skin and the nasty stuff that causes nappy rash. More details on this product to follow in a subsequent blog post.
- Hand Sanitiser – in case there is no soap in the soap dispenser after you change your baby
- Plastic bags – for soiled nappies and clothes. I carry both biodegradable and ziplock bags which, can be bought at pharmacies and/or supermarkets
- A spare change of clothes – including 2 bibs and a muslin cloth for baby and a top for you!
- Drink – Two bottles (best to have them pre-filled if possible):
- Formula or expressed breast milk – with spare stored in storage containers AND
- Food – Meals and Snacks – when my baby started to eat, I always opted for healthy and organic. Organic meals and snacks are available at most pharmacies and supermarkets. And don’t forget a spoon if the food is not finger food friendly!
- Teething toy or Pacifier – if your baby uses one
If you’re breastfeeding you may also want to pack;
- Breast Pads – you never know when you’ll spring a leak!
- Nursing Cover – if you use one
- Breast Pump – no explanation needed 🙂