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Nappy Bag Checklist – How To Be Prepared For Outings

Nappy Bag Checklist – How To Be Prepared For Outings

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A baby changes your life so much. One of the biggest changes you notice almost immediately is that you have to prepare for leaving the house.

You need a nappy bag that is fully stocked with whatever it is that babies need because if you forget it, you could be left frazzled and panicky. This may or may not happen but new mums often feel extra pressure to get it right from day one.

Tip: Relax. We are ALL still learning.

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Nappy bag essentials

Here is my go-to basic essentials list for new mums so they don’t get caught out.

Nappy bag – this is an obvious one but it is also a way that mum can add your touch of personality and style to her new found ‘mum accessory’. See below for what I look for in a nappy / baby bag.

Nappies – a handful of nappies (I personally use disposables because I don’t want to carry dirty nappies around with me all day).

Nappy sacks – you know the little plastic bags designed for nappies. These are invaluable!

Spare clothes – I carry a minimum of one set for bub (onsies are ideal as they take up less space) and also consider taking a spare top for you. You never know when you will have a breastfeeding mishap or poo leakage – yes it happens!

Hand sanitiser – Do not leave the house without it. On occasion your baby will require a new nappy and there may not be a parent’s room nearby, this will mean you have to change the nappy in the car or pram. Hand sanitiser is your friend!

Bottles/formula – if you are formula feeding do not forget to pack at least one bottle full of pre-boiled water and formula (keep separate until required).

Cloth/feeding cover – if you are breastfeeding do not forget a cloth or feeding cover. This is also handy as they double as a burp rag.

Comfort items – dummy, blanky, rattle or teddy. Whatever will make your outing more peaceful!

Snacks and water – these are crucial for you and bub if they are a little bit older.

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What to look for in a nappy bag

Finding the right nappy bag for you can be tough. I cannot speak for everyone but this is what I look for when purchasing a nappy bag.

Wipe clean lining

Multi-compartments – being organised is reliant on this.

Insulated bottle holder

Padded changing mat – it is extremely convenient when the bag included one because it is something you will need for years to come.

Stroller straps – I don’t often hook the baby bag to the stroller but when I do it is handy when the bag has built in straps designed for this purpose.

Stylish – Style is one of the most important features because if you have to take a nappy bag with you, you want to at least look good!

Quality – Good quality is important because otherwise it is just a waste of money. A great nappy bag will last you years of full time use!

nappy bag checklist

Before you can pack your nappy bag for an outing, you really should ensure you know what to look for in a nappy bag before you purchase one. There are a few essential attributes that a nappy bag should have, read more.


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  1. Leanne white
    13/04/2016 / 10:20 pm

    Loving Lilly,in the fab colour of coral.
    Stylish, funky and practical

  2. Paula h
    14/04/2016 / 7:32 am

    I love the Babymel Zahra in Black because it’s a great shape, stylish and could easily be a bag for work or fun….not just a nappy bag

  3. karina l
    14/04/2016 / 8:07 am

    Storksak Bobby Cappucinno. Just like a regular handbag but big enough for all my kids needs!

  4. Michelle
    14/04/2016 / 10:10 am

    Babymel Zahra in black because as lovely as all those bright kid colors in my life are, sometimes I just want to feel like a grown up again.

  5. Effie Bakkalis
    14/04/2016 / 12:47 pm

    I love the “Storksak Catherine Nylon Navy”. It’s a touch pricey, but it looks so good that it can be used as a normal large handbag after it’s no longer need for bub! Great classic colour too, which is suitable for all seasons 🙂

  6. Kasey Evans
    14/04/2016 / 1:27 pm

    I love the Babymel Zahara Teal nappy bag as it’s gorgeous, functional and very stylish.

  7. Maria
    14/04/2016 / 1:55 pm

    I like the Babymel Zahra. It’s a gorgeous colour, stylish and can carry everything except the kitchen sink.

  8. DIANA O
    14/04/2016 / 3:18 pm

    Storsak Catherine Bordeaux, it checks all my boxes, like it was designed for me, and me alone 🙂

  9. Ern
    14/04/2016 / 3:20 pm

    Storksak Catherine Nylon Navy, it’s blokey enough to be seen with. Unlike the totally girly ones my wife likes to get, then make me carry.

  10. Teresa Clark
    17/04/2016 / 11:13 am

    I love the Storksak Noa Yellow, i love how bright and cheerful it is.

  11. Lesleigh S
    17/04/2016 / 1:06 pm

    Storksak Catherine Nylon Navy is functional and classic. Dark to hide lots of marks and suitable for little boys and girls (big girls too)

  12. julie morton
    17/04/2016 / 1:10 pm

    I like the cara navy stripe, fashionable and spacious, has the detachable strap and easy to clean inside compartments, great for keeping everything separate and clean,a very manageable necessity

  13. Ashley Beech
    17/04/2016 / 2:20 pm

    This is a gorgeous baby bag, I would love to win this for a good friend of mine who is currently pregnant with bub number 4.

  14. Angela Kelly
    17/04/2016 / 4:16 pm

    The Storksak Noa Pink……I might have to have another little minion just to have a reason to get this beautiful bag!

  15. Judith Senese
    17/04/2016 / 10:56 pm

    Storksak Catherine Nylon Navy, A great bag with all the room I need for my little ones items, plus more.

  16. Max Stanley
    18/04/2016 / 2:42 am

    Babymel Zahra in any color, its so versatile, its look is varied enough to be a bag for anything let alone just a nappy bag! Incredible design

  17. katrina stubbs
    19/04/2016 / 12:08 pm

    I love the Babymel Zahra Mustard

    RRP $149.99 nappy bag. it looks so stylish!

  18. Mikaela C
    20/04/2016 / 5:22 pm

    Lilly Coral is such a gorgeous colour!

  19. Kim Magrath
    20/04/2016 / 5:41 pm

    Babymel zara teal caught my attention. So bright and eye-catching.

  20. Michele collins
    20/04/2016 / 11:50 pm

    I love the new Babymel Satchel bags..plenty of room made of canvas that will be easy to keep clean and I love the stripes.

  21. sarah mary
    22/04/2016 / 3:18 pm

    Storksak’s Elizabeth tan is my favorite. It’s classy colouring and style means it’s versatile enough to look good with any outfit. There’s plenty of room, which is something I never seem to have enough of now.

    24/04/2016 / 3:36 am

    The Babymel Zahra Teal is my choice….practical….spunky…functional….with stacks of features…..really handy for the granddad on the go

  23. Elisabeth Martins
    24/04/2016 / 2:11 pm

    My favourite is “Babymel Satchel Jumbo Dot Blue”
    An elegant design,
    I would be proud to call mine.
    I would love to win this, thank-you 🙂

  24. Sharon Markwell
    28/04/2016 / 9:30 am

    Incy-n’s Babymel Lily Coral is my pick of a wonderful array of nappy bags. They’re all gorgeous and very stylish.

  25. Evelyn Hubbard
    28/04/2016 / 10:11 am

    I love the Babymel Big Slouchy Nappy Bag because it’s so roomy and practical; can take it anywhere and fill it with everything my kids AND I need, meaning I’d only have to take one bag! Perfect!

  26. Christy
    01/05/2016 / 12:27 pm

    In celebration of my newborn daughter and my love of organisation, I’d choose the ‘Storksak Tote Fuchsia and Orange’ bag. A perfect fit for my growing family!

  27. Laura Power
    01/05/2016 / 3:00 pm

    Love the Storksak Tote in Yellow & Tan super bright color, looks more like a over sized shoulder bag then a nappy bag so I could easily use it even when I’m not out with the kids (bonus). Loads of room for the gazillion things I seem to not be able to leave the house without, and the side pocket it perfect for not only bubs bottles and nik naks but my phone that i’m always rummaging around in my bag for while clingy to a pram and children with the other hand.

  28. Samantha Byrne
    01/05/2016 / 9:39 pm

    My favourite is the Storksak Catherine Bordeaux because looks like a timeless classic bag that will last well beyond the baby years.

  29. Elisabetta
    01/05/2016 / 10:37 pm

    Babymel Big Slouchy nappy bag

  30. Kate Curtis
    02/05/2016 / 2:04 pm

    Storksak Noa Navy
    Don’t call me crazy
    But I think it’s dainty
    I’m a lady
    With a beautiful baby

  31. Belinda Moxey
    02/05/2016 / 3:52 pm

    Storksak Elizabeth Black Quilted Leather because it looks so much like a top quality handbag, you could use it everyday even if you weren’t going out with your baby. It looks that stylish

  32. Amanda S
    02/05/2016 / 11:08 pm

    I love the Storksak Catherine Bordeaux, a really elegant good looking bag. I must admit though, if I paid that much I would never put a nappy in it.

  33. Eva Kiraly
    03/05/2016 / 9:25 am

    Storksak Elizabeth Black Quilted Leather, it’s just like a handbag so I’ll still look great whilst having everything I need for my babe!

  34. Andreea Nicolescu
    03/05/2016 / 12:37 pm

    Babymel Zahra in Black, stylish and practical, and I can still use and keep using it for many years to come

  35. Nicole W
    03/05/2016 / 5:34 pm

    Storksak Elizabeth Black Quilted Leather because it is just a little bit fancy!

  36. Renee Ballantyne
    03/05/2016 / 6:02 pm

    Lilly in coral is very classy

  37. Jacoba Evans
    03/05/2016 / 6:40 pm

    Storksak’s Elizabeth tan is a practical fashion colour for me. Suitable to be used by Mummy or Daddy. It is an all round useful bag with appropriate pockets for everything I can think of and even some things I can’t think of yet, but will definitely need.

  38. Melinda Bolitho
    04/05/2016 / 3:36 pm

    The Babymel Zahra Teal is the real deal!
    The colour and design is particularly fine.
    And as in the product picture shows, having this nappy bag makes you hang off trees with glee!

  39. Amy Ginis
    04/05/2016 / 6:24 pm

    I love the Storksak Elizabeth Tan Leather – it’s so stylish and practical!

  40. Megan Higgs
    04/05/2016 / 7:00 pm

    The Amanda Quilted in Pewter looks fab, not only would it fit all the important things but the colour is great, not too dark but perfect hiding the inevitable everyday marks.

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