AI will never forget sitting in the hospital maternity ward waiting for Franklin to have his two week weigh in. I sat in a line with eight other mummas staring at me like I had baby poo on my face or spinach in my teeth. I awkwardly spun the camera on my phone to selfie mode to check. All clear so what were they all looking at. The nurse turned around and called Franklin with the biggest smile. "second, third or fourth?" um what are you talking about. I looked at her puzzled while she found her joke obviously hilarious. "Which number baby is he because you look like you have done this before". Smiling and now a little nervous to hand over my baby I still had no clue what she was on about but as I left another mum approached me. "Hi as you can see I'm a first time mum and was wondering what things I should pack in my nappy bag seeing as yours is a lot smaller than mine". I got the joke (generally slow on getting them anyway).
We turned to where she was seated in the corner and I understood her question. She had brought half the house with her to a ten minute check up appointment, in between feeds, while her baby would have slept all of that maybe minus the weigh in. I didn't mock her or make fun because she wouldn't have known any different and everything she had on her was justified. Here I stood, baby stuck to me by a carrier and my hand bag with a nappy, wet wipe case, my phone and purse, thats it. Our babies the same age, our experiences completely different. With one baby you have a popping nappy bag and pram filled to the brim. By your third and while all that is totally needed, it is probably not crucial. This is because when you get to a stage with multiples of kids and disaster strikes while you are out and about, you just go home!
It took me three babies to get to this point of what was really needed in a nappy bag so I thought I would share for my 'top ten day', the essentials for your nappy bag. Now for you first time mums, if you don't trust me then you pack what will make you feel at ease going out. However if you would like to be able to zip up your nappy bag or have enough space for your baby to fit in their pram then follow my list.
Nappy Bag Essentials
1. Nappies - you do not need ten. Your baby may go through this many in 24 hours but not during an excursion so three is fine.
2. Wet wipes - once you are introduced to the world of wet wipes you will have these in your bag for life. A small flat container is all you need and that will last you weeks. No giant packet is necessary unless you plan on giving them away in the change rooms.
3. Nappy Towel - a multi functional piece of material that will save your bulging bag. One nappy towel can be used as a change mat, vomit catcher, pram wiper, wrapping up poo blow out clothes and a blanket.
4. Change of clothing - please note there is no plural here. If your bub goes through more than one spare set of clothes I suggest to just go home (half kidding). One grow suit or a pair of leggings/trackies and a top is plenty. If you are in the middle of summer, I highly doubt they will need a giant woolly coat so leave that at home. What your clothes don't make up, a blanket easily will. Keep it in a ip lock plastic bag so it doesn't get things spilled on and you will only ever need to change them over when used or to change the size.
5. Dummy, Blankey, Teddy - no mumma loves shopping with their screaming baby. Use these as going out ones so you don't risk losing ones from home. Franklin has a dummy that stays in his bed with his monster truck and another dummy and monster truck that we take out.
6. Bottle - breastfeeding or not, this is really handy for an emergency situation.
7. Paw Paw cream - for your lips and your babies bottom (strongly suggest to not double dip to save any mix ups) They are small, cheap and saves packing two different things.
8. Snacks - Another small zip locked bag or I use a sandwich container and fill it with cruskits, sultanans and the squeezy purees plus a spoon. If I ever get stuck in the car or not home in time, at least I have a savoury and sweet meal on hand. Make your own or buy them. I made all of Jack's but now buy all of Franklins ha! He's fine don't worry
9. $20.00 - weird to be on the list? I keep this tucked away in my bag and has saved me so many times. Forgetting my purse, not being able to find a bank, parking etc etc it is nice having it in there and if I use it, I replace it straight away. Mainly used for coffee and buying underwear from kids weeing and pooping accidents!
10. Nappy Plastic Bags - These are not just handy for used nappies that you throw usually can throw in the bin anyway but are good for catching vomit from car sickness (I am now a pro) putting wet knickers from accidents in, food not wanted anymore that you don't know what to do with (you know when they spit it in your hand and you are like, what am I supposed to do with this) or your own personal day rubbish bin so it doesn't end up in the bottom of your bag.
So that's my list and I know you are probably wondering about all the other things like sunscreen, hand sanitiser, panadol, spare blankets, bowls, cups, hats etc etc etc. If you can't leave the house without these, make a little bag up and keep them in the boot of your car. They will always be close by but you don't have to struggle carrying them.
Enjoy closing your nappy bag x