February 16, 2021 5 min read
Being a new mum can be a little stressful. There are way too many things to remember and way too many things you could forget.
It's understandable as the times get more modern and complicated that parenting becomes harder. In fact, 7 out of 10 parents say that parenting is harder now versus 20 years ago.
That's why making lists and reminders can make your parenting life a bit easier. Read on for a list of nappy bag essentials that you wouldn't want to leave home without.
Firstly, a nappy bag is not just a bag that you put nappies in. A well designed nappy bag or nappy backpack will be compartmentalised to make it easy to locate things in the bag with one hand.
As a new parent, you quickly learn that planning for the unknown or 'just in case' means you can end up with quite a few supplies in your nappy bag.
Having a baby around means you can never predict what might happen and thus, you need to have a nappy bag that's filled with the essentials.
Let's look at some items that you must have in your nappy bag so your parenting life can sail smoother.
This one's a given. Your baby isn't going to poop at inconvenient times.
Carrying extra nappies, baby wipes and disposable or reusable plastic or wet bags (for soiled nappies) is necessary.
Baby wipes are not just for little bums, they are super versatile and handy to have around to clean up little messes, or sticky little hands.
A change of clothing is a necessity to have in a nappy bag. There's an extremely high chance you'll need extra baby clothes in your nappy bag. Weather it be a poo explosion, a spew, drool or general grubiness.
A muslin wraps are a must have in every nappy bag. These versatile multipurpose gems can be used as a changing pad, a nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth. Don't forget to have some pram clips on hand as well, they are super handy to hold muslins in place on prams. You want to choose something soft and breathable for your baby's comfort.
To help prevent or treat nappy rash, you might like to have a constant stash of Sudocrem or nappy balm available for every nappy change. The last thing you want is a sore red bum that might cause your baby to be uncomfortable and whinge.
Your baby's skin is much more sensitive to the sun than an adult's. Proper sunblock with the right UV protection is crucial. Carry one around with you, preferably the stick version so you can slide it on your baby's skin easily.
Depending on your baby's age, you would want to carry a few toys around to entertain him/her. When they start to get grizzly, you want to be able to distract them.
If your baby likes dummies, then always carry a few extras, as they are prone to be misplaced, lost or dropped and become dirty.
Having quick access to a baby carrier or baby wrap can be a sanity saver. Sometimes your hands need to be free or your arm needs a rest. Other times you might be out with a stroller but your baby just wants to be held.
Depending on how old your baby is will determine which is most appropriate for you. If your baby is been formula feed, you might like to carry a spare bottle and some pre-measured formula. It's always advisable to carry a water bottle (for Mum and baby). If your little one has started solids, rusks or other snacks are a great go to in any nappy bag
Babies and children have a tendency to get themselves into pickles all the time, getting hurt often. Carrying bandaids, antiseptic cream, and a few odds and ends like that, doesn't take up too much space and is convenient.
The items mentioned above are all necessary for your baby and child's health and wellbeing. But there are other items you will need to carry for your own mental sanity.
Some of these you can't leave home without, and others are items that will ensure that you stay safe, healthy, and hydrated.
Even though you are worried about your baby's health and safety, you cannot forget about your own health.
The thing about being a new parent is that you are constantly worried you aren't doing enough for your baby, that you are missing something, and you are a horrible parent in turn.
You can't let go of those anxieties just like that, but remember that all you can do is your best.
Don't overpack and carry a huge suitcase around with you everywhere, because you are worried about leaving something 'important' behind. But also don't pack too light, and forget about some nappy bag essentials.
In the beginning, you might miss a few items here or there, but over time, you will become a pro at packing your baby's nappy bag, especially as you will learn of your baby's habits and tendencies and cater to them directly.
This isn't a game that you can become an expert at right away. Of course, you can use lists like the one given above and try to prepare yourself as solidly as possible.
But life throws curve balls at you, especially if you have a baby around. They are so unpredictable with what they will do next. That's why the best thing to do is to relax and enjoy the ride.
Pack as much as you can, but don't overdo it. You can always buy the item at a drugstore or a pharmacy if necessary. There's no point stressing yourself over things like this.
The list of nappy bag essential items above isn't comprehensive by any means. It includes all the essential items, but your baby might have some special needs to cater to.
Take a deep breath, pack it as neatly as you can so things are easy to access. Some mother choose to have a nappy clutch in their nappy bags.
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