What to pack in your changing bag?

I don't know about you but I get so many comments about my changing bag... more specifically about how heavy or big it is.

When you first have a baby, there are so many products that you may need, you acquire a mountain of things. Sometimes you are left wondering if everything is as essential as a baby cream, or what do you need on a daily basis in your changing bag.

Parent carrying a bag with baby essentials, including a napy care ointment.

Over the past nearly 5 years of being a parent, I have packed the changing bag more times than I can imagine so thought I'd do a helpful list on what I found to be essential items in the changing bag if you are pregnant or expecting a newborn.

What to pack in your changing bag.

Parent and baby having fun on beach.

1. Bottles of milk if not directly breastfeeding.

We found the ready-made cartons are much easier and more convenient when out and about instead of taking separate water and powder and having to mix them. But do note, the cartons have a more ‘laxative’ effect than the powder so bear that in mind.

2. Breast pads 

if you are breastfeeding. the leaky boob is not a good look ;) I have been caught out many times before and it’s hard to disguise, especially with a light coloured top on!

Parent on a beach changes a diaper and applies nappy care ointment to reduce skin irritation.

3. At least one muslin.

So versatile and essential for winding your baby unless you like the 'thrown up on' look ;) These can also be used as a blanket.

4. Foldable changing mat.

This won’t take up much room in the bag but means you can pretty much change a nappy anywhere!

5. Nappies, wipes & nappy sacks

Sounds obvious but the amount of times I have left the house without them would have you questioning whether I am even a parent! I now try to restock as soon as I get home from a day out so the bag is ready to go the next morning and I don’t have to think about it.

6. Bepanthen® Nappy Care Ointment

Nappy rash can cause lots of pain, so protection is key. I apply a baby skin cream, such as Bepanthen®, at every nappy change to help protect against the causes of nappy rash!

7. A change of clothes - for those poop explosions!

8. A dummy or comforter if they have one - you never know when it might just help settle them!

These are really all the essentials you need for a newborn. You can add in things like teething toys or hand sanitiser if you want too but to me, they aren't really ultimate essentials.


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