Heading out for the day with your little bundle of joy? As a new parent, navigating the world with a tiny human in tow can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. Amidst the sleepless nights and the comforting sound of a crying baby, it's easy to forget the essentials for both you and your little one. But when it comes to outings, a well-packed nappy bag isn't just a convenience; it's a lifeline, offering a safety net for unexpected situations and saving you both time and stress. Rather than rushing out the door and grabbing whatever is at hand, a little preparation can go a long way so consider packing your nappy bag the day before your adventure. This simple act can set the tone for a smooth day, starting you off on the right foot and ensuring you're ready for whatever the day throws at you.
As experienced mothers will tell you, for a first-time parent, it's the small details that make a significant difference in daily life and the same is true for your nappy bag. There are certain must-haves needed and these essentials can be divided into three broad categories.
Nappy Bag Essentials - Changing
First and foremost, ensure you have an abundance of baby wipes to tackle any mess your little one creates. We love Pura Baby wipes. Made with 99% water and organic aloe vera, they are completely plastic-free and also boast a flushable range! In terms of nappies, you should have at least two or three as a minimum for a two-hour outing and then pack an additional nappy for each hour you will be out in addition to these. The Kit and Kin range comprises hypoallergenic nappies that are made from majority plant-based biodegradable materials, so are as kind to the environment as they are to baby’s sensitive skin. Remember; if you are using reusable nappies, ensure you have enough liners, covers and a wash bag to bring these back home. Include anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for your own quick clean-us when a bathroom isn't in sight. Pack two or three spare bags for soiled clothing and diapers. The Splash About changing mat is a great choice for all nappy bags. It is made from 3mm non-slip neoprene so saves your baby from cold changing room floors or benches and protects baby against anything germs. As both little and big accidents can happen at any time, always have a spare set of clothes. Finally, if your baby suffers from dry skin, then our moisturiser is a must! Brimming with a botanical extract of wild grown, antioxidant rich British hawthorn berry, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, cold pressed golden jojoba seed oil and shea butter extract this nourishing cream will keep baby – and your own – hands soft, wherever you may be.
Nappy Bag Essentials - Baby Feeding
The contents of this section depend on whether you're breastfeeding or using formula, and the age of your baby. If breastfeeding, pack bibs, breast pads, nipple shields, cream, and for added comfort, a muslin wrap. Award-winning brand Cheeky Chompers have a brilliant multimuslin, which is both a breastfeeding cover and can be used to wipe baby during feeding and burping. For formula-fed babies, ensure you have sterilized baby bottles, a water flask with boiled water, and formula. If your little one is transitioning to solids, bring bibs, baby food, cutlery, and don't forget snacks and water for both you and the baby.
Nappy Bag Essentials - Everything Else
While your phone, purse, and keys are non-negotiable, there are other items that might come in handy. Toss in some baby toys and/or teethers (Sophie La Girafe is a perennial favourite!), and a small first aid kit with plasters, medicines and a thermometer. Be sure to pack tissues, a dummy, and don't overlook toiletries for yourself such as lip balm, sun cream, and a hairbrush. If the day is especially hot, your little one may appreciate our talc-free liquid powder. With more than 98.6% natural ingredients including tapioca starch to absorb wetness and mild active ingredient derived from red algae to stop odour forming, it helps to keep delicate skin particularly underarms, feet and little creases dry and fresh. The best gentle alternative to talc and powder; it won't block pores and is safe for sensitive, delicate skin. If you do find yourself with a sleeping baby, you may have time to grab a coffee and enjoy a flick through a magazine or a book so why not pack something to read? Also, given the British climate it’s always a good idea to pack warm layers, sunglasses, and a hat for both of you to cover all weather eventualities.
This may seem like a lengthy list but think of it as your comprehensive guide to conquering the world with your little one. After all, it's always better to be over-prepared than to realise you're missing a crucial item while out and about! As you embark on this exciting journey of parenthood, remember that each day is an adventure, and being well-prepared can turn even the most chaotic moments into cherished memories. So, pack that nappy bag with confidence, embrace the unpredictability, and enjoy the ride, after all, a well-prepared parent is one who is ready for anything!