A changing bag is one of the most important accessories for any parent on the go and allows you to have everything you need when you go out with your infant or toddler. This is a guide to help make sure you have all the essentials you need, so that you’re not left empty-handed if you’ve left something behind.
Which bag to choose?
There is a whole range of changing bags you can buy. They can be non-branded bags or designer bags, such as Storksak bags, Oioi bags, Skip Hop bags and Blossom changing bags. The main thing to look for is a bag with lots of compartments, because it has to be big enough to fit all the essentials inside. Try to choose a changing bag that both parents are happy to use. It’s also a good idea to keep a small changing bag in the car, just in case.
What your baby needs
Inside your changing bag, there should be a changing pad, more nappies than may be needed,baby wipes and a barrier cream. Plastic bags are perfect for soiled nappies and clothing. Include a sun hat and infant sunscreen lotion in warm weather and a blanket in cold weather. Keep a small pack of tissues in your bag, sanitising lotion for your hands and a change of clothes for the baby if their clothes are wet or soiled. It is essential that bottles of formula or breast milk are packed and the bottles should be kept in an insulated bottle holder. Also pack some bibs, a burp cloth, especially if your baby has started to wean. Include baby food and a spoon. Add some toys or books to keep your baby entertained and don’t forget a dummy/pacifier if your baby uses one.
What you need
Pram bags are usually big enough to include things that you would normally put in a purse or handbag. Pack your keys, mobile phone, wallet, sunscreen lotion sunglasses and a hat. Include snacks and a bottle of water for parents and breast pads and nursing cover for breastfeeding mums. It’s a good idea to pack a clean top for either parent, in case of a messy meal time or nappy change and a camera to capture all those special moments. Remember to pack a bottle of infant paracetamol or ibuprofen, a tube of teething gel and a teething ring if your infant is teething in case your infant suddenly has suffers from high temperature.