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Heading out with your newborn can be a daunting experience for any parent. The will they or won't they scream while you wrestle with the car seat that you are still trying to get to grips with. The horror of a leaky nappy or just good old plain anxiety over getting out the house with an infant in tow. A million what if’s might be going through your mind so it can be easy to forget the essentials.
It can be tempting to over pack and try to cater for every eventuality but try to keep it to the basics otherwise you’ll be lugging around a heavy bag all day. So what are the essentials (aside from your baby)?
Our changing bag checklist can be a quick and easy reference when you are packing your bag to go out. Why not print it out and pin it somewhere so you can refer to it each time?
changing bag checklist
Nappies – it might sound obvious, but in your haste to get out the door even the obvious can be forgotten. Take a couple more than you think you’ll need.
Wipes – and lots of them! Obviously essential for nappy changes, but they are also super handy for spillages and other sticky situations you can find yourself in with an infant in tow!
Travel changing mat – you never know where you may end up having to change a nappy so always make sure you have a comfortable and suitably sized fold away change mat packed.
Nappy bags – for disposing of dirty nappies and also any soiled baby clothes that you might want to store safely until you get home.
Nappy cream – if your baby is suffering from nappy rash, you’ll want to have a travel sized nappy cream handy.
Hand sanitiser – you might not find yourself close to toilets or changing facilities, so a small bottle of hand sanitiser is vital to keep your hands germ-free after nappy changes.
Muslin squares – these have dozens of uses! Throw it over your shoulder after feeding to protect your clothes, or for cleaning up any spillages. They also make a great bib to catch any dribbles!
Spare outfit – accidents happen so it’s always wise to have a spare change of clothes for your little one.
Toy – you might want to throw in a small toy to keep your child entertained.
Water – for babies over six months, have a little beaker of sterilised water on hand in case your baby gets thirsty.
Snacks – if your baby is of weaning age, carrying a few snacks may come in handy. Make sure you pack a bib too.
Blanket – for colder months you may wish to pack a small blanket.
Sunscreen and hat – essential for summer months.
If you are not carrying a separate bag, you may want to pack your essentials too like keys, wallet, phone, etc.
choosing the right changing bag
There are so many bags available, and prices can vary massively. Decide on what type of bag suits your lifestyle and invest in a quality bag that will last. You may want something practical or one that makes a style statement, or maybe both? Luckily for you there are plenty of options out there!
You might also want to consider if this is a bag your partner may be using on occasion. They may not appreciate that Cath Kidston floral print as much as you do.
Decide on the size and style of bag you want. You may decide a backpack is better suited to your lifestyle. Don’t always opt for the biggest bag; you will only end up filling it with things you don’t need and having to lug it around everywhere.
Invest in a quality bag. This bag is going to take some punishment so needs to be built to last. It may even need to last through two or three children. Baby shows are a great place to try out change bags and get a feel for their quality. You can’t get a sense of the size or quality of a bag when buying online so if you can always try it before you make a purchase.
Change bags will often come with added extras like matching change mats and insulated bottle carriers. Find out what’s included in the price of your bag as it may save you buying certain items that can help justify a little extra investment.
There are some great change bags out there. With a huge number of styles and designs, it doesn’t even need to look like a change bag, and you can carry it (and your baby) with pride the next time you head out the door!