A well-packed changing bag will save the day. But which items count as changing bag essentials? What does a newborn baby need and what should you pack for the slightly older child? A young baby who is breastfeeding or on formula, requires fewer items than an older child. What you pack in the changing bag also depends on how long you’ll be away from home, and on the time of year and weather.
Here is our list of What to Pack in the Changing Bag.
Essentials for a newborn baby:Changing mat, nappies, baby wipes, barrier/healing cream, plastic bags for soiled nappies or clothes, spare clothes, soothers/comforters, small towel, bottle for baby formula (if necessary).
A slightly older child may also need:Toy, snack, jar of baby food, bib, plate and spoon, drinking cup, thermos of hot water, bottle of cold water.
And don’t forget your personal items:Nursing pads, baby carrier, drink, snack, sunglasses, rain protection, book, camera, painkillers, hand disinfectant.