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Your changing bag


WebMD Medical Reference
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

Your changing bag will be your constant companion for many a week yet, so choose carefully. It should be big enough to carry all your baby kit without being too bulky. Here's some advice on how to choose a bag and what to put in it.

Changing bag tips

You could get by with a normal rucksack (it leaves your hands free), but if you want to buy a specific changing bag here's what to look for:

  • A broad shoulder strap and/or comfortable handle
  • Wipe-clean lining
  • Separate section for nappy stuff
  • Changing mat (optional)
  • Insulated pocket or bottle bag for keeping bottles warm or cool for several hours (optional)
  • A zip-up pouch for dirty nappies, bibs or wet clothes
  • Easy access pocket(s) for your phone/drink etc

What to put in your bag to get by:

  • Fold-up changing mat (if one isn't included)
  • A few extra nappies - you never know how many your baby will get through
  • Baby wipes
  • Nappy bags and nappy cream
  • Tissues
  • Spare clothes and a plastic bag to put dirty ones in
  • Muslin cloths or bibs (disposable bibs are convenient)

If you're bottle-feeding you'll also need:

  • Bottles
  • Formula. Ready-made is great for travel, but more expensive. Or buy a milk powder container with compartments for pre-measured formula portions. When you're ready to feed, pour the powder into the bottle of pre-boiled cooled water.
  • Insulated bottle bag if one isn't included

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Reviewed on April 21, 2017

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