Before my daughter was born I was given a great large nappy bags, with pockets and pouches for everything. It really was one of those â€˜everything but the kitchen sink’ bags, and I was thrilled. Then she was born, and I steadily began to loathe that bag! I could never find anything, no matter how much I tried to keep the compartments separate, and keep â€˜a place for everything and everything in its place’. It was impossible, and it was heavy!
As a baby wearer, I found that the nappy bag was heavier than the baby, and was really weighing me down. Sometimes we’d go out for an hour or two, and I’d lug the bag around with me, and never actually use it! Something had to be done!
Then I came across a ZPM Junior nappy bag for Â£15 in a sale, and I was immediately in love.
The main compartment:
- Although designed to be big enough for an entire bag of nappies, we normally make sure there’s a one day supply
- I keep two rolled up muslins – very handy as a feeding cover, a ground cover for her to play on or its intended spittle duty.
- There’s a rolled up feeding cover, serves as a blanket or ground sheet too, when I run out of muslins
- A change of clothes, normally an all in one long sleeve- long leg baby grow.
- I also keep two small soft toys, for variation, and change these from time to time.
- Depending on need, I keep Rescue Remedy (great for shock, like from bumping her head), Kali.Mur for her current upper respiratory tract infections, and Calc.Phos and Chamomile spray for teething, but these come and go as required.
- Two reuseable grocery bags, good for shopping, but also to keep jerseys and coats in when we’re indoors
In the clear pouch above that is another teething powder, Ashton & Parsons (we have really bad teething time around here), a sample sized nappy rash cream, and usually there’s also a hand sanitizer in there which I use exclusively on my own hands after nappy changes if we’re out and about, since my fingers often end up as chew toys.
Above this there are two pouches which are the piece de resistance of this excellent nappy bag. A waterproof, slitted wet wipe pocket (which keeps them wet) and above that a plastic bag dispenser. Although not a fan of the general use of plastic bags, they do come in very handy when disposing of a stinky nappy in a friend’s rubbish bin!
The top pocket has replaced my handbag really, with travel sized makeup, a folded hairbrush and pocket mirror.
At the bottom, in front of the main pouch, is another pocket, ideal for bank cards, membership cards (like the library), and a pen and notebook for exchanging contact details with all the new moms you’re going to meet. This is also where I keep the compact camera that goes everywhere with us (and is being used to take these photos).
On the sides are two bottle pouches for those who are bottle feeding, and at the back is a neatly tucked away changing mat.
The only downside to this bag is that it can only be carried by hand. I have circumvented this by attaching my own shoulder strap, but not having the correct fittings, this can sometimes cause it to scrunch up a little. I have contacted the ZPM customer care team with this feedback and they might incorporate it in the next batch.
(P.S. I had a look at the ZPM website, and unfortunately these are currently out of stock, but there are more coming in a couple of months!)
A big fear for me about becoming a mom was the frustration in taking forever to get ready to go out that I’d heard so much about. I can honestly say that has never been a problem for us. I prepare the nappy bag after bath time in the evening and it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice the next day. Friends have even commented on how little ‘stuff’ we cart around with a baby, yet we’ve never been lacking in anything we’ve needed. Proof that it can be done, and doesn’t have to be a stressful thing!
So, is there anything I missed here? What else do you need or not need to kit out a perfect nappy bag? Add your thoughts in the comment section below!