Ever seen one of those nappy bags that looks like it’s holding the necessities for an entire childcare centre?
What about a parent without a nappy bag, desperately trying to calm a child bleating for food or needing a change?
It can seem so hard to get the balance right. I hate carrying around a giant bag supplied with enough nappies to last a week and fourteen changes of clothes. But, I’ve also gone out with a carefree swagger, only to end up tearing my hair out later when all the pram yields is a few dried out baby wipes and an already dirty bib.
There are two ways I prefer to approach the nappy bag dilemma
- Carry a store of emergency items in a not overly big bag
- And know where and how to buy the essentials if caught out.
The basic kit can be added to when you go out and have a clear plan of what you’re doing. But this pared down version will get you by; for the times you planned to be home and yet find yourself out with a hungry, wet, cranky baby.
The most pared down emergency nappy bag contains:
- 3 nappies
- small pack of baby wipes (either disposable or a flat reusable pack)
- 1 bib
- 1 clean bottle (in a snap lock bag – the greatest of all inventions)
- 1-2 boxes of pre-made liquid formula (ignore if breastfeeding!)
- 1 spoon (in the snap lock bag)
- 1-2 pouches of good quality pure baby food (no additives please!)
- another snap lock bag with simple snacks ie. cruskit, rusk)
- A dummy if you use it
- 1-2 thin muslin cloths
- 1-2 small toys
- water-free hand wash
All these things that you can also easily buy in a pinch (not ideal but sometimes things aren’t ideal with a child!).
Especially useful and sometimes overlooked are the:
- pre-made liquid formula, from supermarkets and chemists
- very cheap plastic spoons and sippy cups, from supermarkets and chemists
Tips for making the emergency bag work:
- use the lid of the bottle as a bowl
- use a muslin cloth as signal to sleep (like a blanket) and as a covering for the pram (to keep it darker)
- keep spare snap lock bags in varying sizes to put dirty spoons, bibs, etc it. snap lock bags can be washed and reused
- don’t fret if everything goes haywire sometimes, things can get back to normal next time!
What do you keep in your nappy bag?
Around the internet:
- Blog: Top Tips for Flying With Young Children – Confused.com (confused.com)
- 5 Diaper Bag Must-Haves to Save Mom in EVERY Situation (thebump.com)