We’ve just returned home from a couple of weeks of interstate travel. Gosh it is tiring work with a baby and there is SO much stuff you need to remember to pack in the nappy bag! Reis and I are feeling a bit like veterans at travelling with a baby now Finn has had 6 flights and 10 long car trips in his 7 months of life. Despite knowing what we need to bring, in my constant sleep deprived state, it can be easy to forget and miss packing essential baby things in the nappy bag. This is especially frustrating when you realise this on a flight and there is nothing you can do about it. So I’ve made myself a nappy bag packing check list which I’ve turned into a free printable (available below) to hopefully help some other Mums too! I’ve also included some details below about why I like each of these products too.
Before I go onto my list though I had to share these couple of super cute photos of Finn. He loved the plane ride! There was a spare seat in our row which made it like business class for babies! A huge seat, pillows, food, hostesses fussing over him and a window seat…living the life some can only dream of at 7 months old. One blessed kid I think.
Anyway, onto the nappy bag needs! The necessity of some of these things will differ depending on the age of your baby and their developmental stage, however I have tried to cover most things that you will need in your nappy bag.
Food/drink related products for the nappy bag
MooGoo Nipple cream – I didn’t need this but other Mums swear by it
Muslin wrap – good if you need privacy feeding but can also be good if bub gets a little cold in the air-conditioning.
Breast Pads – these were essential for me until Finn was about 4-5 months. The best ones I found were Pigeon and Lansinoh. They both had great absorption and moulded comfortably.
Sippy cup – filled with cooled boiled water these are a must once your babe is a little older. Finn has just started to use one of these more regularly. I still find it annoying that he ends up saturated after though!
Snack cup – These are great for once kids are closer to 1, it means if they knock the cup over when getting out a snack bit they don’t all fall out.
Rusks – life savers when baby is teething and you’re out and about
2 spoons/pureed food – one spoon to feed, the other for them to play with.
Nappy related things
Nappies – 2 for every hour you’re travelling
Wipes – small packet – you don’t want the bag any heavier than it needs to be.
Disposable changing mats – these are great because then you don’t put your nice mat (better used when changing in the back of the car or at a friend’s house) down where someone else’s kid’s poo has been. These mats you can use once and then throw away!
MooGoo Natural Nappy Balm – This natural balm acts as an emollient barrier to help prevent moisture contacting the skin, helping to prevent nappy rash. Free of paraffin, paraben & phenoxyethanol. pH balanced.
Nappy bags – the Coles brand are a good size for travelling with.
MooGoo Anti-Bacterial Hand Moisturiser – the best antibacterial I’ve found because it doesn’t dry your hands out! Essential post nappy change.
Entertainment related things
Teething toys – We have big Sophie, little Sophie and a teething ring.
Noisy toy – great for distractions when breakdowns are imminent. Finn’s favourite is a LaMaze Donkey toy that has plastic balls that move around noisily in the feet
Book – Another thing that has lots to look at and something for you to speak with them about whilst you’re on the move.
Comfort related things
Baby Panadol, Baby Nurofen and measuring syringes – great to have on hand in case of fever or teething pain.
Bonjela – we’ve only used a couple of times when Finn has had bad teething but I would rather have everything possible to help him settle
Singlet – to keep bub warm and in case they vomit or dribble on the one they are currently wearing.
Onsie – essential to have – would you rather be in PJ or a collared shirt if you’re tired? Babies like comfy clothes too!
Bibs x 3 – babies come with so, much, DRIBBLE and VOMIT. I keep one big bib for solid feeds and then two pretty Bandana bibs from Isly and Me.
Full body singlet – good summer onsie or back up outfit if all else fails
Pants/Top – this is the cute less comfortable outfit
Jumper – in case it gets cool
Hat – for time in the sun
MooGoo Scalp cream – this is for that dry and inflamed skin around the scalp, ears, hairline, eyes and along the side of the nose that babies can get. I find it’s handy if Finn’s skin has been bothered because sometimes the air conditioning can dry it out further.
Sunscreen – Always good to have on hand especially for legs that stick out when sitting in the pram! I keep a small 30+ one in my bag but try to apply a Cancer Council 50+ kids one before I leave the house if I know Finn will be in the sun.
MooGoo Mini Moo Bubbly Wash & loofa – like us, bub enjoys a bath to relax after a stuffy car/plane/train trip so having wash on hand to use is great. The loofa is also fun for them to play with – a great distractor when washing them or changing them.
MooGoo Soothing MSM Cream – For Irritable Skin – a light moisturiser that uses edible oils – great for the whole family to freshen up after being in the air conditioning for a long time. Finn likes to chomp on the bottle. He like to chomp on everything he can get his hands on now!
Spare plastic clip lock bags – you never know what these will come in handy for – but they always do! Eg. Keeping a rusk in that wasn’t wanted or to save a dirty singlet going through your bag.
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