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How to choose the best nappy bag

Consider your needs, lifestyle, and personal taste when selecting the best nappy bag for you and your baby.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a nappy bag, make sure it’s both functional and practical.

Because you’ll be carrying it around with you for the next few years, you’ll want not only essentials within reach, but also quality that will last. Depending on the occasion (whether it’s a quick trip to the store or an all-day outdoor activity), you may see the need for more than one.

When shopping for a nappy bag, keep the following in mind:

Size does matter

Choose a nappy bag with as many functional features as you require. Nappy bags, whether small or large, should be able to hold all of the necessities for babies, toddlers, and children. The size of the bag is determined by the amount of time you will be away from home. In general, the more goodies you’ll need to pack and the larger the bag, the longer you’ll be outside. However, keep in mind that a nappy bag that is too large and bulky can be difficult to transport and can cause back pain.

Choose a waterproof nappy bag

Look for waterproofed bags (spills happen!) with easy-access storage compartments for organising, separating, and finding necessities like baby bottles, food, medication, nappies, and wipes. Mommy can use these dividers to store her phone, car keys, and purse, or she can keep a separate purse inside the bag to avoid rummaging for your personal belongings. A bag made of a durable, easy-to-clean material, such as nylon, will last longer than one made of light-colored fabrics that are prone to staining and tearing.

Remember that comfort is essential

Choose a nappy bag that is easy to transport with baby. With a baby in one arm and a nappy bag in the other, you’ll need a bag that’s as stylish as it is comfortable and convenient to carry around. Take your cue from the type of handbag you use; this may be the first clue to your preference for the fit of the nappy bag, strap length and width, and so on, though it should not be overdone. Look for padded straps or an adjustable strapping system (Velcro) that allows you to convert a shoulder strap into a messenger bag or stroller bag.

Traditional nappy bags are square in shape with long over-the-shoulder straps, but modern mothers can choose from a wide range. Because nappy totes have fewer pockets, dividers, and accessories, they can be used for multipurpose shopping, business, or travel. Backpacks are ideal for leaving both hands free, making them ideal for outdoor activities and the nappy bag of choice for men. Messenger nappy bags (typically associated with delivery men) have a single long, wide strap that is easy to sling across the shoulder, distributing the weight of the bag along the length of the back and freeing both hands.

Find a nappy bag that matches your style

Choose a nappy bag in a style, colour, and pattern that matches your personal preferences. If you like bright colours, experiment with intricate patterns, fun fabrics, and trims, but if you want to be trendy, go for a sophisticated, chic nappy bag that looks like a purse or handbag. Choose a neutral colour so that both parents will want to carry the bag (dad might not be as into that pretty floral paisley print as you are).

What to pack inside

Now that you know what to look for when shopping for a nappy bag, let’s look at 10 things you should pack inside!

  1. Wipes: This is an obvious choice for wiping sticky hands, cleaning dirty surfaces, and changing nappies. If you don’t want to carry the entire pack, place a few in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Nappies: This will depend on your child’s stage; even while toilet training, it’s best to keep a few spares on hand just in case.
  3. Changing Mat: When there isn’t a clean, dry surface to use, changing mats come in handy. Some parents even prefer the disposable variety because there is no mess and no fuss.
  4. Hand Sanitiser: This is useful when you are travelling and don’t have time or a place to wash your hands.
  5. Plastic Bags: Plastic bags are always useful for storing soiled nappies, wet clothes, and even clean dry clothes or blankets.
  6. Snacks and drinks: If you are bottle-feeding, always bring a spare bottle with you if you are not sure how long you will be gone. As your child grows, you may want to include some small meals, such as a jar of baby food and a spoon, or finger foods.
  7. A spare blanket: A small blanket can be used as a changing mat, nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth.
  8. Extra Clothes: We expect our kids to have fun and get a little messy on a big day out, so always pack a few extra items to cover all scenarios. You never know when a spill, drool, or spit-up incident will occur that necessitates an immediate change.
  9. Sunscreen: Always pack sunscreen and a hat to protect your baby’s skin. Even in cloudy weather, the sun can burn and damage your child’s skin.
  10. Toys: Running errands with mom isn’t always the most entertaining thing to do, so make sure you have a toy or toy inside your nappy bag. Choose items based on your child’s current age and interests.

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