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How To Pack A Changing Bag

How To Pack A Changing Bag

Yeah, I know EVERY mum is busy before you shout, but I wanted to share some tips with you to make life a little easier and you were never going to read this without the word ‘busy’, would you?

Anything that frees up a couple more minutes off the day to leave time for you is a plus, wether you’re a stay at home mum in need of some precious ‘me time’ or a working mum wanting to grab a last few moments with your little one before you dash out the door. There’s no denying that we can all benefit from a little more time.

Now while I’m no magician, I’m not able to create more time in the day, but by making little adjustments to your routine, hopefully you can get out the house a little quicker and a little less stressed.

Organisation is the key

By keeping your baby changing bag organised, refilling it after every trip out, means it’s just a case of grab and go. What you keep In your bag though, can also make life a whole heap easier so I’m sharing my changing bag packing tips in the hope it’ll help with organising yours too.

How to organise your changing bag. The Portland by PacaPod is the perfect changing bag to see you right through the early years



Well what better place to start, this is one item you can’t leave the house without as you can guarantee that’ll be the one time you get caught out. I’m a cloth / disposable nappy mix user, if out for the day I find the latter easier so im not carrying round wet or smelly ones. 3 will usually be enough and I wrap each one in a nappy bag so everything’s to hand for changes. You can do this with cloth nappies too, I put each nappy in a wet bag so the dirty one can just pop straight in, I also make sure the liner is folded and inside the nappy  making change times quick and easy.

How to organise your changing bag. A perfect changing bag for parents using cloth nappies, the changer pod comes with a handy wet bag big enough to hold any size nappy


Instead of taking a whole pack out I use a wet bag (similar to the Pink Lining ones which come with their bags)  and decant a handful of wipes. This also stops any  leakages into your bag when they aren’t closed properly or have lost their stickiness. They’re also handy if your little one has a sensitive bottom or with new borns, just wet a few cotton wool pads with water.

Spare change of clothes

Again, I put these in a nappy bag for quick dashes to the change area. It also helps keep those tiny socks to hand which are always impossible to find. You can pop the dirty clothes straight into a nappy bag keeping your change bag clean.

Changing bag essentials for the busy parent.

Antibacterial hand gel

When you’ve got a wriggly or tiny baby to hold, washing your hands isn’t always easy, so for quick changing room visits I keep a bottle of this in my bag. Many bags have small mobile phone pockets which aren’t big enough for a smart phone but perfect size for a bottle of gel. You could also pop it in one of the nappy/nappy sack combos.

A small mum emergency toiletry bag.

Lip balm, hand cream, breast pads, sanitary pad, body spray. Bottle of gin, ok, maybe omit the last one. Drunken in charge of a minor isn’t something I’d advise. But you get the idea. Prepare for the inevitable and then you’re free to enjoy your day without the little niggles or joys of being a mum which might scupper your plans.


Both for you and your toddler or weaned baby, especially if you’re a breastfeeding mum. I keep a healthy snack, such as Eat Natural apricot, yoghurt & almond bars, as they’ll give you a good, guilt free, burst of energy. Having a snack on hand for toddlers can divert many a meltdown. Obviously something that’s healthy and doesn’t need cooling is better. I’m loving Smoothie Bites which seem to give me the longest whinge delay. If you’re a bottle feeder,  a ready-made carton of milk in your bag and a small bottle for extended and unplanned trips out is perfect. Also great for when your baby decides they will start that growth spurt & feed every couple of hours without warning.

First Aid

Now I’m not on about a full on kit of bandages and saline solution. Just a few non alcohol wipes, plasters and arnica cream should keep things sane after minor tumbles.

Sun cream and spare sun hat

You know the feeling when you’ve left the house and it’s cloudy but by lunch time the suns out to play and you’re left with no option other than draping a cardigan over the buggy in the vain hope your little one doesn’t burn. Yeah, that one. A small travel sized tube of sun cream and a lightweight hat in your bag will prevent any worry and mum guilt!

Have I missed anything you never leave the house with? Please do let me know in the comments.




  1. Emma's Mamma
    18th June 2015 / 6:31 pm

    I tend to stock up the nappy bag every day so I know I always have everything I need. Your bag looks really good – is it a backpack? I also never leave the house without my vaseline and a bottle of water! x

    • 18th June 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Yes, it’s the Wanderlust Pink Lining back pack. Fab for keeping everything organised.

  2. 19th June 2015 / 7:48 am

    I love finding another organised mama! 😀
    I haven’t even thought of keeping my own essentials in their too. What a great idea. This is perfect for new mums to read. 🙂
    Chloe x


    • 19th June 2015 / 10:12 am

      Thank you xx I have to be organised if not I’d never leave the house!

  3. 19th June 2015 / 10:49 pm

    I forgot to pack a change of clothes yesterday and had to carry my 1 year old around Tesco in just her nappy so I could buy her a new outfit! I do try to keep the change bag well stocked but I usually forget something.

    • 19th June 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Oh no! Easy done, until I use to forget bibs all the time and ended up with lots of baby food stained clothes as a result.

  4. 20th June 2015 / 7:14 am

    Great post, you didn’t miss a thing. I always forgot the sun cream and sun hat plus I never really cared about myself which isn’t great. I guess like you said it is all about being organised and I struggle with that. At 19 months old I still forget the off thing like a nappy and end up having to buy it while out.

    • 20th June 2015 / 3:57 pm

      There’s nothing worse than being caught short when your out & about is there.

  5. Nige higgins
    20th June 2015 / 1:57 pm

    An excellent list great post thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

  6. 21st June 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Great tips here. I always forget sun cream and tissues because we don’t use them often! #sundaysstars

    • 21st June 2015 / 10:12 pm

      That’s why I keep some in the bag, it’s not often we get the weather for it is it.

  7. 21st June 2015 / 7:01 pm

    I tend to pack light now that my twins are three. Our changing bag usually has a pack of wet wipes in, a portable potty, spare clothes, drinks and that’s about it! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • 21st June 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Portable potty sounds good. With having boys, it was never to much of a problem when we were caught short but it’s probably not as acceptable now to drop & go.

  8. 21st June 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Wow you are so organised! I am impressed, great tip about organising the nappies in wet bags like that too. I had a change bag with my first child but have to be honest, just stick a nappy and some wipes in my handbag these days! It does mean that I often forget the essentials though and my handbag is massive! Thanks for linking to #sundaystars

    • 21st June 2015 / 10:18 pm

      I just hate being caught out, and with my husband doing his share of the childcare it’s just handy to have it ready as he’s not as organised as me

  9. Mim
    22nd June 2015 / 7:58 am

    Brilliant tips! Even 2 years on I’m still forgetting things – important things like change of clothes when of course there’s an inevitable accident! Mim x #maternitymondays

    • 22nd June 2015 / 10:49 pm

      I hope they help the busy mums out there. It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of getting out the door in time without having to worry what’s in the bag.

  10. 22nd June 2015 / 8:59 am

    We are expecting our first in the next few weeks, so this is super valuable info. His changing bag is doubling as his hospital bag at the minute but this has been bookmarked for me to come back to to when he”s here for these really useful tips! Thanks for posting! #MaternityMonday

    • 22nd June 2015 / 10:50 pm

      Best of luck, how exciting. It seems so long since my first was a baby but I remember that feeling well. Enjoy every minute, it goes too quick!

  11. 22nd June 2015 / 10:25 am

    Some fab tips here, I must admit I am a terror for not re-stocking the bag until it is time to leave the house and then forgetting something :S Must try to be more organised! Great tip about using the wet bag to hold wipes, I hate it it when spare clothes end up all soggy as the wipes have leaked! Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays xx

    • 23rd June 2015 / 3:16 pm

      I’ve had that happen quite a few times hence trying to find an alternative to soggy clothes.

  12. 22nd June 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Love seeing other organised mummies like myself! I always pack the changing bag the night/day before so there’s no rushing around. Fab tip about keeping the nappies in their own nappy bag, may have to pinch that one when we start using the big nappy bag again! xx

    • 22nd June 2015 / 9:51 pm

      I have to keep on top of things by being organised, with 3 kids, a blog & a business it’s the only way I get anything done!

  13. 22nd June 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Oh you are so organised I wish I was! I went out today with no wipes. I went out yesterday with no nappies. Sigh. Too tired having 2 🙂

    • 22nd June 2015 / 10:45 pm

      Bless, as long as you remembered to bring home both children then no harms done.

  14. 22nd June 2015 / 7:32 pm

    My little one goes different places each day so i am constantly checking his bag to make sure I don’t get caught out. Although I forgot to put nappies in one day last week – disaster. Great tips. Thanks for linking up to #ToddlersAndTeens

  15. 22nd June 2015 / 7:34 pm

    Little J visits different places each day so i am constantly checking and rechecking that I have everything packed so I don’t get caught out – this did however happen last week and I have no nappies. eek! #ToddlersAndTeens

    • 22nd June 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Arhh no, my worst nightmare. I try to never leave the house without a nappy as you can guarantee that’s the time you’ll need it!

  16. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    23rd June 2015 / 6:32 am

    Excellent list. We also have a few toys to fight the boredom. We were always prepared until recently as our tot has decided his favourite game is emptying the change bag and scattering it’s contents everywhere!


    • 23rd June 2015 / 3:14 pm

      I knew there would be something I’d missed, toys! I’ll be adding a few small ones thats fir sure. I used to keep a discovery bottle in the bottom of the pram until I lost it but you’ve just reminded me to make a new one. thank you!

  17. Mackenzie Glanville (
    23rd June 2015 / 8:02 am

    I don’t need a nappy bag any more with my youngest being 5 now, but I still believe organisation for going out is the key. We still need spare clothes due to weather or spilt drinks, wet wipes for dirty hands and faces, and we can’t leave home without their water bottles and often snacks, oh and son’t forget the favourite Teddy! Great post.

    • 23rd June 2015 / 1:18 pm

      I was still taking a bag of essentials out pre going back to baby days a couple of years back. Tween would always ask if I had food or drink with me on car journeys so I needed to be prepared. I think he got use to me always having an out and about bag over the years and even at 11 he gets thirsty 10 minutes in the car!

  18. 23rd June 2015 / 8:37 am

    Perfect! There’s nothing better than having everything organised and clutter free it makes me feel free! I bugs me when our bag suddenly becomes rammed with everything, but I secretly enjoying taking it all out and re-organising thanks for your tips!

    • 23rd June 2015 / 12:08 pm

      I have to keep mine organised as I get so frustrated trying to find things when I’m out, you can guarantee that I think I’ve forgotten something only to find it once I get home. It’s happened so many times hence my need to be more organised these days.

  19. 23rd June 2015 / 10:03 am

    These are some really great recommends!!
    I definitely need to be more organised with the change bag this time round as I was so lax with Arthur!! But now going out with a baby and toddler from August I’ll need to be more on the ball!!
    I’m feeling all inspired 🙂

    • 23rd June 2015 / 12:06 pm

      It’s a whole different ball game having a baby and toddler to remember to pack for isn’t it. I hope this helps and best of luck with the new baby in August.

  20. 23rd June 2015 / 1:58 pm

    What a fabulously organised bag. I have five children and so badly need to take your fill your bag when you get in tip. I’m forever running around and grabbing bits last minute!

  21. 23rd June 2015 / 2:02 pm

    I am a mum of five that really needs to take note of the filling your bag tip. I’m forever running around at the last minute trying to fill my bag! #twinklytuesdays

    • 23rd June 2015 / 3:03 pm

      I’m sure with 5 to look out for you have some great tips of your own! I hate the last minute rush out the door with 3 and 1 of them is a teenager.

  22. 23rd June 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Great post! The contents of our bag has changed as the twins have got older. When they were babies I took EVERYTHING with me!! 2 x changes of clothes, extra vests, you name it, I had it!! Now they’re two, I pack a LOT less stuff for a day out 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro |

    • 26th June 2015 / 4:37 pm

      It must be so much easier nothing to take 2 of everything out with you now, I wondered why you needed specific twins changing bags but I guess you do need 2 sets of clothes and twice as many nappies. I hate being caught out hence why I have a huge bag fluff ‘just incase’s ‘

  23. 26th June 2015 / 11:08 am

    I too forget the sun cream and hat all the time. The hat I’m not that bothered as my baby girl takes it off every minute. She hates it but the sun cream is a must to have with you! Great tips, thanks for sharing, xx #TwinklyTuesday

  24. 26th June 2015 / 11:56 am

    I almost always forget the suncream and the hat. To be honest the hat doesn’t bothered me much as my little baby girl always takes it off. It is just impossible to get her to keep it on!! However, the suncream is a must that I should always remember!! Thanks for sharing your tips, xx #TwincklyTuesday

  25. 26th June 2015 / 12:05 pm

    almost always forget the suncream and the hat. To be honest the hat doesn’t bothered me much as my little baby girl always takes it off. It is just impossible to get her to keep it on!! However, the suncream is a must that I should always remember!! Thanks for sharing your tips, xx #TwincklyTuesday

    • 26th June 2015 / 4:10 pm

      With a heatwave on the horizon that’ll be more important than ever! I wish someone would invent a hat which a baby didn’t realise they were wearing!

  26. 26th June 2015 / 8:52 pm

    I try to keep my changing bag stocked but I’m never quite this organised and tend to take too much as I’m not brave enough to cut down on nappies etc. I’ve got a teething baby at the moment so my changing bag always has to include teething gel and Sophie the giraffe.

    • 2nd July 2015 / 2:13 pm

      I often used to go ott with what i needed then cut right back and was caught out so this is my happy medium. It’s a real trial and error bag!

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