Okay Dads, getting used to a nappies can be a shock to the system. But being unprepared is worse. Here's what you need to know. A well-stocked nappy bag can help ensure that you have everything you need to care for your baby while you're out and about. Here are some essentials that you may want to include in your nappy bag:

  • Nappies/diapers: Pack at least 5-6 nappies for a day out, and more if you'll be away from home for longer.
  • Baby wipes: These are useful for cleaning your baby's bottom, face, and hands, and for wiping up spills or messes.
  • Nappy cream: This can help prevent or soothe nappy rash and irritation.
  • Changing mat: A portable changing mat can provide a clean and comfortable surface for nappy changes.
  • Spare clothes: Pack a few spare outfits for your baby in case of spills or accidents.
  • Blanket: A lightweight blanket can be useful for keeping your baby warm or providing a clean surface for playtime.
  • Burp cloths/muslin squares: These are handy for wiping up spit-up or drool, and for use as a makeshift bib or nursing cover.
  • Nursing/bottle feeding supplies: If you're breastfeeding, bring a nursing cover or shawl, and if you're bottle-feeding, pack bottles, formula, and a bottle warmer or insulated bag.
  • Pacifier/dummy: If your baby uses a pacifier, bring a spare one in case it gets lost or dirty.
  • Toys/entertainment: Pack a few small toys or books to keep your baby entertained and distracted.
  • Snacks: If your baby is eating solid foods, bring some healthy snacks, such as sliced fruit or crackers.
  • Hand sanitizer: This can help keep your hands clean and germ-free when you don't have access to soap and water.
  • Your own essentials: Don't forget to pack your own essentials, such as a water bottle, wallet, keys, and phone.

It's a good idea to regularly check and restock your nappy bag to ensure that you always have what you need on hand.

When packing a nappy bag for the hospital, it's important to pack essentials for both you and your newborn. Here are some items you may want to include:

For your newborn:
  • Nappies/diapers: Pack enough nappies for your hospital stay, plus a few extra.
  • Wipes: Bring a pack of baby wipes for cleaning your baby during nappy changes.
  • Nappy cream: This can help prevent or soothe nappy rash and irritation.
  • Blanket: A warm and soft blanket can keep your baby comfortable and cozy during your stay.
  • Clothing: Pack several onesies or sleepers, socks, and a hat for your baby.
  • Swaddle blanket: A lightweight and breathable swaddle blanket can help soothe and comfort your baby during sleep.
  • Pacifier/dummy: If your baby uses a pacifier, bring a spare one in case it gets lost or dirty.
For Mum/the nursing parent:
  • Nursing bra: If you plan to breastfeed, bring a comfortable nursing bra.
  • Breast pads: These can help absorb any milk leakage and keep your clothing dry.
  • Nursing pillow: A nursing pillow can help support your baby during breastfeeding.
  • Comfortable clothing: Pack comfortable clothing, such as loose-fitting tops and pants or pajamas, that are easy to nurse in.
  • Maternity pads: You'll need these for postpartum bleeding.
  • Toiletries: Pack toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
  • Snacks: Pack some healthy snacks, such as granola bars or fruit, to keep your energy levels up.
  • Water bottle: Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated during your hospital stay.

It's a good idea to check with your hospital to see what items they provide, as this can vary between hospitals. Additionally, you may want to pack a separate bag for yourself or support person with their own essentials, such as a change of clothing and toiletries.

Yes, you can take a nappy bag on a plane as a carry-on item. A nappy bag is considered an essential item for traveling with a baby or young child, so it is usually allowed as an additional carry-on item on most airlines.

However, it's important to note that different airlines may have specific restrictions and regulations on the size and weight of carry-on luggage, including nappy bags. It's best to check with your airline ahead of time to confirm their specific policies and guidelines for bringing a nappy bag on board.

Additionally, when going through security, you may be required to remove any liquids from your nappy bag and place them in a clear plastic bag for inspection. It's a good idea to pack any liquids or gels, such as nappy cream or hand sanitizer, in travel-sized containers to make security screening easier.

Overall, as long as you comply with any airline and security regulations, you should be able to take your nappy bag with you on a plane.