Mums-to-be, here’s a valuable nugget of advice – your nappy bag game needs to be strong. It’s your lifeline when you leave home and you should master the art of stocking it correctly – there’s nothing worse than being caught a nappy short and wipeless. This, ladies and gentlemen, is our ultimate nappy bag checklist.
The first time you stock your nappy bag can seem bit daunting – what are all those little pockets for? But you’ll soon realise just how important it is to have everything in its place in a nappy bag, because you’re usually ferreting around in it looking for something with just one hand, while taming your tot with the other.
A great nappy bag
Start with the essential, a top-notch nappy bag. Treat yourself. This bag is going to be by your side for many years to come, so make it a great one that you love. Here’s what you need to look for:
- Quality. This thing is going to take quite a beating, so get a nappy bag that’s built to last.
- Interior that’s easy to wipe clean. Because your child will put half-eaten bananas into the bag ‘for later’. It’s a given.
- Lots of pockets – inside and out. It’s best to try and keep things separated, like dummies, so that you can find them in a jiffy.
- Different length straps, so that you can hang the nappy bag over your pram handle if needed.
- A style that suits you. You can go for traditional, or backpack or tote – whatever suits.
- Speaking of style, don’t feel like you have to forgo your personal taste because it’s a nappy bag – these totes have come a long way!
- Nappies – one for every hour you are going to be out of the house
- Wipes – have one pack on the go and a spare at the ready
- Hand sanitiser
- Change pad. Most good quality nappy bags come with one, and they’re very handy for quick changes on the go, and in change rooms.
- An extra outfit
- Baby bottles and formula or expressed breastmilk (if necessary)
- Snacks, depending on the age of your baby
- Sippy cup, again depending on age
- Small, disposable bags for dirty nappies
- Wet/dry bag. Again, most good quality nappy bags will have one included. They are perfect for getting soiled clothing home, or dirty nappies, if you’re not keen to use disposable bags.
- Muslin wrap. These have a multitude of uses, and you will no doubt put them all into practice at some stage!
- Distractions like small toys and teethers
- Nappy rash cream
- Bottle of water for you
- Breast pads
- A spare top (babies don’t only make a mess of themselves!)
It may seem like a lot, but once your nappy bag is well stocked, you’ll only need to top it up each time you go out, and clear it out each time you get home. Here’s a quick video recap to help you visualise what you need:
(This is a sponsored post for Skip Hop)