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What To Pack In A Nappy Bag For A Newborn

It’s not a nice feeling when you arrive somewhere only to realise you’ve failed to pack baby wipes. Instead, you have to resort to two tiny tissues sitting scrunched up in your car to wipe up the biggest poo you’ve ever seen.  There are millions of mums out there who have done it all before, and, with practice, have perfected what to pack in a nappy bag.

Yes, packing a nappy bag feels like you’re packing for a holiday! But instead of trying to push your already frazzled mum brain some more, why not let us give you some ideas. Even better, we’ve got a free checklist you can print, laminate (for all of you laminating addicts out there) and reuse so you don’t have to ask yourself, ‘What do you pack in a nappy bag’?

What to pack in a nappy bag for a newborn

Newborns; they’re delicious and tiny, but they need so many things! Here’s what to pack in your nappy bag.


It’s hard to predict what the weather will do let alone the bowel movements of our little ones. That’s why packing an ample change of clothing is always a good idea.  In the case of poo explosions, consider onesies that pull down over the shoulders. You can find these onesies in our I Am Unique baby gift box.

  • Onesies
  • Socks
  • Singlets
  • Pants
  • Bibs
  • Hat

baby onsies pack

Nappy Change

As mentioned, being stranded without a wipe or nappy, particularly in the case of a ‘poop-losion’, is no mummy’s idea of fun. Cover all the bases with these things baby essentials securely packed in your nappy bag.

  • Nappies 3-5. Consider packing one for each hour you’re away.
  • Wipes
  • Change mat
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Smelly bag for dirty clothing and nappies


Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, there are still plenty of things to remember. Improvising is fine too if it gets the job done. So, if you don’t have any actual burp cloths, a hand towel or old school towelling nappies are fine to use.

  • Bottles & Formula if necessary
  • Burp cloths (including spare)
  • Breastfeeding cover
  • Nipple shields
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple balm

For Mum

Don’t forget about you, particularly if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll be no good dehydrated and hungry. Don’t forget to pack these things, mama!

  • A spare top
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks

healthy snack for breastfeeding

Sleeping and comfort

Enjoy your outing, even more, when the baby goes to sleep! Just don’t forget the essential comfort items to keep them asleep for longer!

  • Blanket
  • Dummy (plus spare)
  • Sling/wrap/carrier
  • Pram cover
  • Muslin wrap. Read about safe swaddling.

Medicine and toiletries

It certainly pays to have a little kit prepared for your outings because things like gas, tummy troubles and snotty noses can quickly pluck the enjoyment out of an outing.

  • Snot sucker
  • Baby Panadol/Nurofen
  • Thermometer
  • Moisturiser
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Gripe water
  • Baby safe sunscreen
  • Brush
  • Nail clipper

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Babies love to gaze at their surroundings wherever they are but having one or two toys like Sophie the Giraffe, to chew on provides even more variety. While you’re out and depending on where you are, consider giving your baby some tummy time for 1-2 minutes a few times a day on a playmat.

  • Toys
  • Playmat for tummy time

If you’re a brand new mum, yes, the whole nappy baby preparation will seem overwhelming and may put you off going out altogether but remember, it gets easier the more you do it, and soon, it’ll be second nature. To help prompt your memory, you can download our ‘What To Pack In A Nappy Bag’ checklist below and become a super-efficient nappy bag packer envied by all of your friends!

 nappy bag checklist in frame

CLICK HERE for your FREE Printable Nappy Bag Checklist


Martina Vitulli
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