Packing your nappy bag

Packing your nappy bag

Packing your nappy bag or diaper bag with your first baby comes the awareness that you will never ‘travel light’ again! The reason is that there is nothing worse than being caught unprepared when out and about with your baby. For this reason, a nappy bag is an essential tool for trips with your little one.

These are my essentials for packing in a nappy bag:

Nappy Essentials

    • Pack one age appropriate nappy or diaper per two hours of an outing plus one spare. So if you were going out for 4 hours, you would take 3 nappies along for the trip. Newborns and breastfed babies may need two extra nappies, as their poos are less predictable.
    • Nappy wipes – get a small nappy wipe dispenser or put 10 nappy wipes into a ziplock for the outing.
    • Hand sanitizer is an essential for after you have changed a nappy and for before a breastfeed.
    • Recycle old plastic shopping bags to use to throw away your baby’s nappy.
    • Any good nappy bag will come with a changing pad. If you use a normal bag, get a plastic-covered pad or use a towelling nappy to lay your baby on for nappy change times.

Age appropriate food & feeding tools

    • If you are breastfeeding, you will want a burp cloth and a feeding shawl.
    • If you bottle-feeding don’t forget bottles, teats, formula stored in you’re a milk powder container and boiled water.
    • For toddlers, a non-spill cup with a spout or straw, filled with water.
    • For meals that are spent away from home, it is worth placing some frozen or cooked mashed vegetables in a container to thaw and warm whilst out.

Happy baby paraphernalia

    1. Two orthodontically correct dummies or pacifiers. One on a dummy clip and the other in a clean dummy holder.
    2. Your baby’s precious ‘doodoo’ blanky
    3. A favourite toy
    4. One spare set of clothes, in case your baby wets or soils their outfit
    5. Sunscreen or a hat if it’s a hot day


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Meg faure

Meg Faure

Hi, I’m Meg Faure. I am an Occupational Therapist and the founder of Parent Sense. My ‘why’ is to support parents like you and help you to make the most of your parenting journey. Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked with thousands of babies, and I’ve come to understand that what works for fussy babies works just as well for all babies, worldwide.