Nappy (Diaper) Bag Essentials
Caring for skin from birth to 18 months
When you have a baby or young children, it can seem like a colossal task just to get out of the front door with everyone and everything you need. What’s more, there’s nothing worse than being stuck out and about with a wet, dirty, cold, bored or hungry child. This comprehensive checklist is designed to take the hassle out of packing your nappy bag and help you be prepared for (almost) any eventuality.
- Nappies/diapers – the number of nappies you pack will depend on your baby/child’s age and the duration of your outing or trip. A good rule of thumb is to always take a few more than you think you will need to avoid being caught out.
- Baby wipes – another essential you don’t want to run out of; most commercial brands come well sealed in a plastic tub or pack.
- Nappy rash/barrier cream and talcum powder
- Change mat/pad – most purpose-made nappy bags will come with one included, alternatively you can buy a portable mat.
- Scented bags/nappy sacks – when you have soiled nappies these can be invaluable to stow away until you have a means of disposing of them
- Sterilised bottles
- Formula – either measure this out before you leave home or invest in an accurate formula dispenser to make the task easier when you’re out.
- Boiled water
- Burp cloth
- Breast/nursing pads
- Nursing cover – some mothers use these to maintain privacy when feeding in public places. There are commercial brands available or a light, breathable cloth secured to your shoulder with a ribbon or clip can also do the job.
- Burp cloth
- Baby food
- Non-leak sippy cup with water
- Teething rusks
Older children and yourself
- Drinking water
For skin & health
- Moisturiser – look for specifically formulated ‘baby’ moisturisers or those described as ‘fragrance free’ and ‘hypoallergenic’
- Sunscreen – as with moisturiser, look for specific ‘child’ formulations
- Broad-brimmed hat & sunglasses – to protect your child’s face and eyes from the harsh rays of the sun
- Sunshade or sun-protective clothing – to prevent sun damage to the skin on your child’s body
- Insect repellant – child-safe formulations are also available
- First aid kit – this should contain: adhesive bandages for cuts and scrapes; baby/child pain reliever in case of fever; teething gel or ring and any other medications your child takes regularly, including prescription.
- Spare set of clothes – clean underwear, pants and socks are especially necessary while toilet training, in case of accidents.
- A couple of toys or books – something to keep your child entertained for a while may save your sanity when they are bored or tired.
- Plastic bags – for rubbish disposal, storing wet or dirty clothes and any other surprises
- Hand sanitiser or anti-bacterial wash/lotion
- Cloth nappy or muslin cloth – these have a myriad of functions as burping cloths, nursing covers, bindings to swaddle your baby, floor mats or sunshades.
- Wet wipes – for dirty hands and faces
- Warm clothes – it might be wise to take along a jumper and beanie if your child is likely to be out in cold weather or in the evening.
- Often you can purchase travel packs or receive samples of various products, these are a good size to tote around.
- Remember to clean out and refill your nappy bag regularly, especially before your next outing.
- A spare top or shirt for yourself could come in handy in the event of leaking milk, vomit or spit-up.
- Some parents find keeping their camera in a pocket of the nappy bag means it’s easily accessible to seize those precious moments.