Ultimate Guide to what do I need in my Baby Bag?
Thursday, 1 November 2018 | Mummy and Little Me
New to Parenthood? Think you haven't a clue what you are meant to be putting into your baby changing bag? Well the truth is we get asked this question quite a lot! So we thought we would put the Ultimate Guide out there - fashions change, new equipment comes on the market every day, some of you like to have 'Mary Poppins' style bags with everything in, including the kitchen sink of course - whereas others are less cautious, or maybe have back problems, or for whatever reason carry the minimum in their changing bag - either way this is for you from not just us - 'Baby Changing experts' but also from some of our bloggers!'
One of our favorite and certainly oldest Bloggers ( in terms of writing not AGE!) has this to say about what goes in a changing bag :-
"Me and my friend always joke that you can judge what stage someone is at parent wise by the size of their changing bag and the amount of things they bring with them! Oh and if they have their own handbag or have just dumped their purse into the changing bag'' Vicky Cockerill social media specialist and freelance Blogger, Vicky gives us this list for her changing
Vicky is a NICU Mum so has another list for a NICU changing bag .... Vicky says
"When our son got admitted to NICU it sat in the corner of my room and stayed there for 7 days, I think at some point it may have even got taken home.
Being in NICU there were other things we needed that we hadn't packed but after numerous trips home and a few days we found we had need for different things and our "NICU changing bag" soon looked very different from when we first went in."
Nappies (Pampers now do preemie ones but Elijah was in newborn, you will find most NICU wards have their own too.)
A couple of outfits which had buttons down middle and allowed access to wires and sat monitors once he was allowed to get dressed.
A few blankets/ comforters to make the cot/incubator feel more homely (many NICU wards will provide knitted triangles which a mum can wear for a day or so and then leave for the baby so they have a smell of mum and then you can swap for another etc).
Hand cream for parents (hand sanitizer is very drying).
Lip balm for parents (hospital environment very drying)
Hospital literature you will tend to be given a pack and you may want to refer to it from time to time so keeping it in one place means you can always have it to hand.
Emergency sanitary items for mum, don't forget you are still healing and saves you going backwards and forwards to ward or bringing extra supplies in as space is tight.
Book/journal/phone to either keep a record of baby's NICU journey, taking photos it can be fairly draining to be at the bedside for hours on end so a form of distraction is welcomed.
I tended to try to find blogs to read about other NICU parents or parenting forums and I felt comforted by others' stories.
We liked to read to Elijah as he seemed to respond to our voices.
Dummies- not for every baby but Elijah settled when he had something to suck.
Breast pads/bottles/pumps bags etc most NICUs have a pumping room but it might be nice to use your own bits from home if not most wards can provide you with what you need - Elijah was bottle fed so we had ready made milk and a sterlised bottle.
Other than a water machine you won't really be able to bring food/water in so take regular breaks for snacks and meals.
Or Chelle McCann one our well known bloggers had this to say when she gave us some pointers some time ago ( Tweet: @chellemccann)
So what do I pack in my daily change bag?
Nappy pouch for my 18 month old / 3 nappies, socks, wipes and bottom cream
Chelle clearly has a bigger baby changing bag then Vicki!
So another one of our Mummy Bloggers says we need these :-
As you can see there are a lot of basics that they all have on - things like hair brush and make -up you may not need.
Kylie one of our Bloggers has this list!
For those who haven’t read my blogs before, I’m Kylie, mummy to 1-year old Etta and 3-year-old Lincoln. My current baby bag is the Skip Hop Greenwhich and inside my essentials are:
So based on all of these different opinions, we have come up with out minimalistic version of ... our
ULTIMATE GUIDE ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN A BABY CHANGING BAG IS THIS!