Nappy Bag Essentials: Must-Have Items for New Mums and Babies

As a new mum, you have a million things to juggle while taking care of your precious little one. Having a well-stocked nappy bag is essential to ensure you’re prepared for any situation, both for your baby’s needs and your own. Here you’ll find our quick go-to guide to what to pack for yourself and baby so that you’re ready for anything that comes your way. From nappies and wipes to self-care essentials, we’ve got you covered!

Heading out with your newborn can seem quite daunting at first. Start with small trips and just do what you can manage for now. Pack your nappy bag ahead of time, and include the following items:

Nappies and Wipes:

Let’s start with the basics. Nappies and wipes are the foundation of your nappy bag. Pack enough nappies for the duration of your outing, ensuring you have a few extras. Alongside the nappies, include a pack of gentle baby wipes to keep your baby clean and fresh. Look for wipes that are gentle on the skin and free from harsh chemicals.

Changing Pad:

A portable changing pad is a true lifesaver when it comes to on-the-go diaper changes. Not only does it provide a clean and comfortable surface for your baby, but it also keeps you and your surroundings hygienic. Look for a foldable or compact changing pad that easily fits into your nappy bag.

Nappy Rash Cream:

Prevent and soothe your baby’s delicate skin with a tube of nappy rash cream. Nappy rashes can be uncomfortable for your little one, and having a reliable cream can provide relief. Choose a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free cream that’s gentle on sensitive skin.

Extra Outfits for Baby:

Babies have a knack for making messes at the most unexpected times. Pack a couple of extra outfits for your baby in case of spit-ups, leaks, or spills. Include onesies, leggings, socks, and hats suitable for the weather. Being prepared with spare clothing will save you from any unexpected situations.

Burp Cloths & Dummies:

Keep a few soft and absorbent burp cloths in your nappy bag to handle those inevitable spit-ups and drools. Burp cloths can also double as makeshift bibs when needed. Opt for cloths made from gentle fabrics like muslin or cotton for your baby’s comfort. Don’t forget to pack an extra dummy or two as more often than not, they end up on the shopping centre floor before you have even discovered they are gone!

Breastfeeding comfort supplies

If you’re breastfeeding, remember to pack a stash of nursing pads to ensure you stay dry, comfortable, and confident when out and about. If you have sore nipples, pop a tube of nipple cream and a couple of hydrogel breast discs in your bag for instant relief.

Snacks and Water Bottle:

Don’t forget to pack some quick and nourishing snacks for yourself. Being a new mum can be physically demanding, and having snacks on hand can keep your energy levels up. For something quick and nourishing, check out our bliss balls recipe for postpartum. Carry a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. Remember, a well-nourished mum is a happy mum!

Personal Care Items:

As a new mum, it’s important to prioritise your own self-care. Include personal care items in your nappy bag, such as hand sanitiser, lip balm, tissues, and a small mirror. These simple items can make a big difference in how you feel and help you stay refreshed while on the go.

Spare clothing for you

Remember to pack something for yourself to change into in case of spills, baby vomit, or nappy explosions, so a spare set of clothes, a plastic bag for soiled clothing, and a few burp cloths are must-haves.

Weather protection:

You’ll be taking every measure to protect your little one from the elements, but don’t forget about yourself. Keep some sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses in your bag if the weather is warm, and a raincoat, scarf, and umbrella for the colder seasons.

First-aid kit

Keep a small first-aid kit in the bag, along with some adult paracetamol, and hand sanitiser. Accidents happen and headaches strike, particularly when you’re sleep deprived!

Panty liners/maternity pads

As you would have already discovered about the early postpartum weeks, leaks can occur anytime, so be prepared with extra pads and even a change of underwear.

Your important things

The nappy bag will mostly be taken over by baby things, but don’t forget all of the important stuff like your wallet, keys, phone, and lip balm. You might want to throw in a book to while away the time when your baby is napping or feeding. Once in a while, the stars do align like that!


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