Your nappy bag is going to be going everywhere with you for the first few years of your baby’s life. There are many ways you can include eco products and continue to do your bit for the world your baby is growing up in, even when you are out and about.
As your baby grows and changes, you will change out what you need in your bag. How long you are out and your personal will also dictate your bag contents, but here’s a basic list to get you started.
I’ts not going to be a nappy bag without nappies! There are many great eco options available so whether you go compostable, reusable, or biodegradable make sure you pack one for each hour you will be out.
Single use plastic bags are gone but there is still the matter of safely sealing the smelly nappy until you can dispose or deal with it. Again, compostable or biodegradable bags are the way to go or a mositure resistant washable bag will also do the trick.
If you have compostable or biodegradable wipes at home and don’t want to take the whole pack with you, pop some in a small container. A few washable damp cloths in a container work a treat as well or if you feel creative you can make some with paper towels, water, oil, baby soap and aloe vera.
Milk, snacks and water
Whatever your child’s main food source is, pack some extra. If it’s breastmilk, pop a snack and a bottle of water in for you.
If your nappy bag doesn’t have a change pad built in, you can simply pop in a hand towel.
You never know when a spectacular up chuck or poonami will make an appearance so a complete extra set of clothes including socks is essential. Also keep a warm top, a sun hat and a warm hat in the bag.
A spare bib is always handy – even if it’s just to wipe up.
If your baby has a bit of a sore bottom or is due a poonami, a nappy balm can help provide a barrier and makes a nappy change easier. A bottom balm is also a great way to avoid nappy rashes too.
If you think a wipe isn’t going to do an adequate clean up or you are using public toilets, a bottle of hand sanitiser will be worth including.
The age and stage of your child will dictate what you include.
A hard learned lesson by many parents is to try and have a spare cuddly so if one is lost, it’s not crisis time.
First aid kit
A few plasters, and some baby pain relief will often come in handy.
Written by Robyn
Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments.
Favourite motto to live by: “This too will pass.”