What to pack in your baby changing bag

Leaving the house with a baby is challenging enough without bringing the kitchen sink with you. Don't get weighed down - pack savvy with Mumsnetters' tips 

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What's *actually* essential (apart from the baby)?


Nappy bags


A bottle

Spare clothes - "The absolute thinnest you have. These are emergency clothes remember - you can change them again when you get home."

Medical supplies - "Plasters: you might only need them once in a blue moon but they take up roughly zero space."

Anti-bacterial handwash 

Don't go bothering yourself with...

"Bananas - they're too easily squashed." 

"Tissues - use wipes."

"Only pack drinks if you're going out for more than two hours to somewhere where no drinks are available."

"Toys - unless it's something small you can clip to the buggy." 

And remember...

"Nappies, wipes, food, drinks, clothes... all can be bought when out, in the case of an emergency."

Savvy packing tips

Think outside the bag

"Just take a buggy and sling it all underneath."

"I keep spare stuff in the car, if that's an option for you. Very useful on several occasions, and I didn't have to carry as much with me."

Keep things minimal

"Make sure that the wipe pack is one-third full, not a new one."

"Just take essentials for that particular trip, and restock the bag if needed when you get home, so it's ready for the next trip."

Be resourceful

"Most decent cafes will let you refill a cup of water, or you can purchase one bottle and have a bit each."

Just think, what's the worst that can happen?

"Go through each item and think 'when was the last time you used it' and would you have coped if you hadn't had it?"

What to pack it all in? The best bags for your buck


"Backpacks are great - very practical and you can get some pretty designs - much, much better for your back too."

"Hershel backpack - comfy and hands-free, plus they look quite nice."

"What about a Kipling bag? They're not the most stylish but they're incredibly light and can fit in absolutely loads." 

"I used to use the little PE-type bags - I found they slipped easily into the basket under the buggy (or over the handles if I had shopping)."

Changing bags

"I had a Samsonite Sammies nappy bag."

"I loved my Pacapod for two under two - although it was heavy." 

"The Penguin changing bag lasted me for two babies and was still in a decent state when I sent it to the charity shop in a clear out."

"I had a lovely Storksak changing bag for my first daughter."

Shoulder bags

"I use a Cath Kidston boxy day bag. I'm no CK fanatic, but it fits everything in, is tough, and it's not bulky. It even stands up when I plonk it down and it outperforms all the changing bags I've ever wasted my money on."

"I was given a Longchamp Le Pliage bag - one of the bigger ones - which I use if I'm going somewhere smart. It's very lightweight and fits absolutely everything in, while looking pretty good."

And finally, consider the colour

"The nice thing about a black bag is that my husband can wear it without feeling like a bit of a tit."

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Last updated: 4 months ago