Going away with baby means getting organised! And what better way to do this than with a nappy bag? We don't know what to put in the changing bag and we're always afraid of forgetting something (and we've all forgotten something at least once), so today we're going to make a list of the changing bag essentials :)
We tend to take EVERYTHING home and load up like donkeys, only take what you need. And above all, some changing bags are more practical than others, with storage compartments designed to help you get organised on a daily basis (yes, you'll soon see).
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List of essentials to put in the baby changing bag
To change baby
Yes, baby needs to feel dry (normal, isn't it?), so it is essential to take something to change him.
- Nappies, count 1 nappy every 2 hours. For a day outing, 4 to 6 nappies for example :) (after that, it's better to take a little more than not enough, an accident can happen quickly)
- Wipes or cotton + liniment to gently wipe baby's bottom
- A thin mattress or a changing sheet to be able to lay him down everywhere
- A change of clothes: bodysuit, socks, pyjamas...
- A plastic bag or waterproof bag to store dirty nappies or dirty clothes if not included in your changing bag
Food for baby
No matter how long the outing is, it's best to have something to feed your child.
If you are bottle-feeding:
- A bottle (until then nothing new...)
- Your powdered milk in space-saving cans
- Water (which you can put directly into the bottle)
- A bib to wipe up any spit-up your baby may have
If you are breastfeeding:
- Breast pads
- A sling or baby carrier to breastfeed in privacy even in a public place :)
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And perhaps a spare for you is not too bad either (milk stains and other accidents can happen) with tissues to wipe yourself or baby. Again, a waterproof bag can be useful for storing wet things.
If your child is older, take his little pots and some snacks :)
Something to entertain / reassure baby
Although babywearing in a wrap or baby carrier will keep baby reassured at all times, you may need to keep him entertained. So we bring :
- A toy that he likes
- One or two dummies
Something to nurse
It's rare, but it can happen that a small injury occurs. So we anticipate by preparing a small first aid kit:
- Compresses and disinfectant
- Physiological serum
Things to add to the diaper bag when...
This can be very useful!
- Small plaid
With this list, you are ready for many situations! If you are going away for the weekend, you will obviously have to adapt the contents and add other items such as the health booklet :)