Babies: they’re cute, give excellent cuddles, and their smiles could melt even the hardest of hearts. And don’t even get us started about that addictive baby smell. The thing about babies is that, despite their size, they actually require a lot of stuff. For this reason, having a well-equipped nappy bag is a must.
Not only does a nappy bag make carrying the baby essentials for you and your bub so much easier, but mums can also have peace of mind knowing that all the basics are ready to go when they are.
Here’s a list of nappy bag essentials that will make leaving the house so much simpler.
If ever there was a baby basic that you needed from the very moment your precious bub is born, it’s nappies! Particularly while you’re learning the ropes, you always want to have a nappy that ticks the boxes – super-absorbent, comfortable and offers protection from leaks.
We give a big thumbs up to the new and improved Huggies Ultra Dry nappy range. Huggies Ultra Dry nappies are now even softer, with up to 12 hours of Huggies leakage protection and tailored absorbency for boys and girls – they help keep your little one comfy and dry, day and night.
Baby wipes are an essential item when tackling your baby’s nappy changes. Whichever wipes you choose, look for a product that is thick, soft and absorbent.
We love the Huggies Baby Wipes because, on top of doing all the things wipes should do, they are really gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin. They’re hypoallergenic, free from alcohol (that’s Ethanol and Isopropanol), parabens and soap – and come in a really handy refillable Clutch n Go travel pouch.
Even when you are giving all your best attention to caring for your baby’s gorgeous little bottom, there are going to be times when the skin in the nappy area looks sore and red.
Nappy rash is the enemy of happy babies, so you need to strike fast – and the first line of defence should be a barrier cream like family-favourite Sudocrem.
Sudocrem provides barrier protection against irritants coming in contact with your baby’s skin and can be applied at every nappy change to help protect delicate skin from the chemicals in wee and poo that cause the rash.
When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go – and that applies to babies too. Their tiny, little bodies are still developing, which means one thing for parents: nappy changes in unexpected and inconvenient places!
The easiest thing mums and dads can do to arm themselves against the inevitable – and stop the spread of germs – is to keep their hands clean. Keeping a bottle of hand sanitiser or spray in your nappy bag is a quick and easy way to keep bacteria at bay, especially if there isn’t a sink around to wash your hands after a nappy change.
We love doTERRA’s sanitising mist. It eliminates bacteria and other germs on the skin, without drying out your hands.
Disposable nappy bags
No bin, no worries! Disposable plastic bags are the unsung hero of the nappy bag. Whether you’re at a friend’s place or the park – these little guys will serve you faithfully, making disposing of dirty nappies in public a breeze.
For an added bonus, look for a brand of bag that is lightly fragranced to disguise any odours until you can find a bin.
For an earth-friendly option, we love these biodegradable and compostable bags that promise to make a difference to the environment.
You can never have too many bibs on hand in your nappy bag. Whether your baby has started solids or not – a bib is perfect for catching spit-ups, drool and food.
You will want to have a few of these handy in your nappy bag. A cotton bib – or other absorbent material – is perfect for drooly babies, while silicone can be easily wiped clean. Whatever the bib, make sure it’s sturdy enough to protect and keep your bub’s clothing dry underneath.
This Aden + Anais 3-pack is made from three layers of 100 percent cotton, perfect for soaking up spills, drools, and baby burps.
When you’re out and about all day with your baby, anything can happen.
Be prepared for what the day could bring (poo, drool, milk) and pack a change of clothes for your little one. And while you’re at it, throw in a spare top for yourself – just in case. Depending on the season, a little jumper or extra blanket might also come in handy.
We love this cute jungle tee and short set with snap clips and an elasticated waistband for easy dressing.
Dummy or comforter
Remember to pack a couple of distractions for baby in the bag too – perfect and necessary for those moments when you’re kept waiting in the doctor’s waiting room.
Packing a comforter of choice, whether that be a dummy or soft toy to snuggle will always do the trick.
We love this adorable Riff Raff toy. It’s available in five cute animals, is washable and plays white noise and a lullaby.
Babies have small tummies, but so that means they need to eat more frequently during the day. Be sure to keep your nappy bag stocked with snacks that are easy to eat on the go.
These organic baby snacks from Little Bellies contain no added sugar or salt, they’re baked not fried, and they come in a handy resealable pack.