Now summer is here you may find yourself excited to head out and about with your baby.
This can be a daunting experience, especially once you realise just how much gear babies need when not at home, but it shouldn’t put you off!
The new-mom motto is be prepared, so make your nappy bag your home away from home.
Firstly, choose a bag with lots of pockets. Put feeding items in one section, nappy change items in another, your own stuff in another, and so on. Easily accessible pockets will let you grab a nappy or your cell phone quickly when you need it.
Keep your nappy bag stocked with:
- A portable changing pad
- Nappies – one to two for every hour you plan to be out.
- Wipes – these are the multi-tasker of all nappy bag essentials and can be used for wiping baby’s bottom, your hands and the changing pad.
- Nappy bags or plastic bags – essential to wrap up dirty nappies or hold wet clothes.
- Nappy rash ointment – save space with a travel-sized tube.
- Face cloths or muslins – these are handy for burping or covering boys during changes, toss in as many as you think you need, plus a few more!
- Hand sanitiser – because you don’t know who else has touched what you’ve touched before you feed or change baby.
- Baby blanket – always good to have on hand for unexpected breezes, drafty restaurants, privacy while breastfeeding or to shade baby from the sun.
- Two changes of clothes – because spit-ups, blow-outs and leaky bottles happen!
- Hat – seasonally appropriate headgear to block out the sun or keep baby warm.
- Dummy – store in a clean bag or container to keep clean.
- Clean bottles and formula – If you’re mixing formula, pre-measure water and pour into each bottle. Add pre-measured formula to each bottle only when you’re ready to feed baby with it. With breast milk, stick pre-filled bottles into a portable cooler pack if you’re going to be spending a good amount of time out and about on a hot day.
- Snacks – for babies eating solids or finger foods these are essential to avoid “hangry” behaviour, include some snacks and water for yourself too, especially if you are breastfeeding.
- Toys – keep a stash of small toys like board books, a rattle or teethers to keep baby from becoming bored.
- Sunscreen – only apply this on babies over 6 months), for younger babies protect them from the sun with a hat or blanket over the pram.
- Your personal items – carrying two bags and a baby is impractical, rather stash your phone, extra money, bank cards and keys into a small pouch that’s easy to access.
With this well stocked nappy bag you’ll be prepared for every emergency – from food freakouts to dirty nappies and everything in between – and ready for every adventure!