Newborn Nappy Bag
Having an organised nappy bag can make the difficult task of getting out of the house with a newborn much easier. Restocking and organising your bag when you come home from an outing, can save you time and stress when leaving the house. If you always have your staples in the bag then a quick trip to the shops or cafe won't leave you running around the house like a mad hatter, or unthinkably, out and about with no nappies.
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I did a lot of research about the different nappy bags on the market. There are so many different types with so many different functions that the whole experience can be overwhelming. Not to mention it has to match your own style. This is a bag you will use more than any other bag over the next few years so getting something just for the hell of it, seems to be a waste. I had heard many different people tell me that they got a nappy bag but it had so many different pockets, zips and snaps, that they became frustrated searching for something. One friend had even reverted to using a reusable shopping bag because the nappy bag was such a pain. This is why I decided to go with a tote. A tote is a bag that can have many functions so it doesn't have to be used as just a 'nappy bag'. Firstly for myself. There is a small zipped pouch which is where I keep my own lip balm, extra hair ties, bobby pins and perfume. I also have my wallet and keys thrown in as well.
I wanted to keep the things in my bag separate and easy to find which is why I got these smaller bags to go inside. When I am reaching for something, it's easy to grab the right bag than rummaging through the entire thing.
Each bag is slightly different, so if a friend is getting something for me I can say, "Grab me the bag with the elephants on it".
The nappy wallet, has everything I need to change the baby. If I am at a cafe, I can just grab this part and head to the bathroom. Inside has:
- A changing mat (I like to use this all the time because I can wash it myself and don't have to lie my baby on the communal mats.
- At least 2 nappies, but If I know I am going to be out for a long time I'll throw in a couple extra.
- A handful of nappy bags.
- And a wipes wallet
The second bag I call my snacks bag. For a newborn I keep my nursing cover inside and some hand sanitiser. When my daughter started eating I would fill it with snacks such as muesli bars and saltanas. If I was going out for a long period of time, I would add fresh snacks, for example cut up fruit and sandwiches.
My last bag is for a spare outfit. I also keep a 'just in case nappy' and a 'please let there be another dummy' in this section. Murphy's law says that if I don't have backups, I'll need them. These bags are also 'wet bags' which means they have a waterproof inner lining. This means that I can put dirty clothes/nappies inside them without the risk of cross contamination.
I got these bags from Mishmash Designs on Etsy. They are super cute and she has a range of colours and styles.
Is there anything you couldn't live without in your nappy bag? Comment below if you have any other items that have come in handy for you.