You are back home with your gorgeous new baby, have bought the most amazing baby changing bag and are heading out for your first time with baby, buggy and bag. But what do you need to pack in your amazing new changing bag? With one of the largest collections of baby changing bags in Ireland, Tots Baby Shop stocks a range of nappy changing bags (aka diaper bags) to suit all budgets and styles.
Packing Your Baby Changing Bag
So what do you REALLY need in your changing bag? You want to be prepared for whatever your tot throws at you – from nappy mishaps, hunger crying, teething or random freakouts. But you can start to feel like you need to pack your entire house just for a short out and about baby trip. To make this a little easier, we’ve compiled a quick “What to pack in your changing bag checklist” to make sure you can pack your changing bag like a pro.
If you are packing your changing bag to bring into hospital when your baby is due, check out our Packing Your Hospital Bag Checklist.
Changing Bag Checklist
- Nappies (at least 3)
- Changing mat, if one doesn’t come with your changing bag
- Change of clothes
- Baby Bibs (2 or 3)
- Plastic bag for wet items
- Wet wipes
- Bottles (if you are not breastfeeding)
- Breastfeeding cover
- Nappy cream
- Spare soother
- Comforters or toys
- Drinks and snacks
- Light blanket (use as a blanket or sun shade)
- Hand sanitiser
- Everything that would normally go into your handbag.
Organising Your Changing Bag
Baby changing bags have lots of pockets and compartments, making it very easy to keep your baby bits ‘n bobs organised and easy to find when you need them. Insulated bottle pockets are great for keeping baby milk warm for up to 4 hours or for keeping water cool in the Summer. Most baby bags will come with a changing mat, which is great when you are out of your house.
Some nappy changing bags also have a waterproof compartment for wet items but it’s always a good idea to bring a spare plastic bag, just in case! Most changing bags will have a secure ‘mommy pocket’ where you can keep all you own essentials – house/car keys, phone, money, etc.
Baby Changing Bags You Will Love
SO CITY Smart Mother Changing Bag by Little Baby Shop is a great budget bag with a shoulder strap so you can carry it as a handbag or wear as a shoulder bag.
Storksak Alyssa Backpack Changing Bag by Tralee Nursery Supplies Shop is a convertible changing bag with backpack and shoulder carry options.
Mia Backpack Changing Bag by BebeSak is an ultra lightweight convertible backpack changing bag with lots of compartments, insulated bottle pockets and interior space.
Changing Bag Extras
Being a mum also involes being experienced in crisis management because you never know what curve balls your baby will throw at you.
If you have room in your changing bag you can also consider adding the following items to take your organisation to the next level;
- Extra top for yourself (for those inevitible baby throw ups)
- First aid plasters & cream
- Extra muslin cloths (because they can be used for just about everything)
- Sanitary towels (necessary in the first weeks after giving birth)
- Bottle of water (for you)
- Medicines or teething gel
- Baby hat and sunscreen (if necessary)
Online Resources for New Parents
Online Classes & Workshops for Parents & Parents to Be by Bump Baby & Me managed by Kathy Milliken, a qualified Infant Massage Instructor, Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga teacher, Birth & Postnatal Doula and volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor with Cuidiú.
The Ultimate Online Breastfeeding Class by The Baby Academy is a live interactive class to get you ready for your big day. Store your expressed milk in the insulated bottle pockets of your baby changing bag.
Mama Moments is a wonderful website full of gorgeous self care products and surprises to remind mothers that they are important too. All products are from independent businesses being run by mamas all over Ireland.
Have a Query About Packing Your Changing Bag?
Are there any changing bag essentials we might have left out? Let us know in the comments.
We hope our tips for packing the perfect baby changing bag has helped and if you have any queries about anything please leave a comment below or contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help.