Nappy Changing Bag Checklist

A nappy changing bag checklist is a must have for every new parent. Leaving the house with a newborn is a whole adventure, and actually takes quite a bit of pre-planning. This list has some of the basics to help you pack your nappy changing bag ready for those adventures out and about with your little one.


Nappy Changing Bag



Must-Haves For Your Nappy Changing Bag


  • Nappies – whatever brand you and your little one prefer. Keep at least five nappies in your nappy changing bag at a time.
  • Nappy cream – keeping a barrier cream in your bag is essential. You could pack Sudocrem Care & Protect to care for your little one’s skin at every nappy change!
  • A pack of baby wipes – You will want to keep an eye on how many are left in the pack and add in a second pack when you have roughly a quarter left.
  • Muslin squares – These come in very handy for winding your little one and protecting your clothing.
  • Hand sanitiser – It’s a must-have in every bag, not just your nappy changing bag.
  • A change of clothes for your baby – A definite must have. Leaks, spit-up, and accidents can happen anywhere.
  • A change of clothes for you – Accidents might not only happen to your little one’s clothes.
  • Bottles – If you’re bottle feeding, or mixed feeding, you will want to have bottles freshly made before every outing.


Nice-To-Haves For Your Nappy Changing Bag


  • Changing mat – You might want to have something to lay your baby down on as you change the nappy. A changing mat or even a towel can be something worth having.
  • Bibs – Keeping some bibs in your changing bag can be a great idea, and they can help protect clothing from spit up.
  • Snacks, and drinks – For older babies, drinks and snacks can be very helpful to have when you’re out and about.
  • Disposable nappy sacks – Disposable nappy sacks can be needed even if you’re using reusable nappies.
  • Seasonal hats – Depending on the weather, and the time of year, you might want to keep a sunhat, or a winter hat in your nappy changing bag.


Other Tips

Your nappy changing bag is probably going to be your most used accessory for the next few years. You should look for one that is very sturdy, and waterproof. You may also want one that has external pockets for drinks, and internal pockets for things like your phone, a changing mat, and wipes.


When you’ve bought your bag, decide what will be going in each pocket. If you keep certain things in particular areas of the bag, it can help you stay organised. It can also be helpful to easily see if your nappy changing bag is running low on any particular supplies.


Another tip that can help you is to empty the bag and repack it when you get back from any outing. This way it’s always ready for when you want to go out with your little one.


You might also want to consider getting a waterproof inner lining, and a clip that can attach the bag to your pushchair or pram. The waterproof lining is useful in case of spilled drinks, bottles, or creams.


As a last tip, you should write your name and number somewhere on your nappy changing bag. This will help you avoid mixing your bag up with other bags if you’re at parent and baby groups, creches, or other public places with other parents.