Nanny Bag- Nappy Bag
Why buy a nappy bag when you can utilise a backpack? Firstly, nappy bags are really expensive so if you want to save some money, then a backpack is the way.
The criteria to a nappy bag or day bag is pockets, lots of pockets, why you might wonder? To hold and separate items. Things like nappies, bottles, sanitiser, wipes, food can all be kept in different compartments.
I personally purchased a Kathmandu bag, which was on clearance at the time, I LOVE these bags, why? Because they have lots of space and pockets. This bag can be utilised for a nappy bag and a day bag, there is lots of space. And only cost a fraction of the price of a ‘nappy bag’.
It might seem like a lot gets packed into a bag, but once you pack it once- you’ll just need to rotate a few items when needed.
What I pack in a Nanny Bag?
- Nappy Cream
- Hand Sanitiser
- Lunch Box/Snack
- Formula/Breast Milk
- First Aid kit (Thermometer, Panadol, Band-Aids etc)
- Change of Clothes
- Disposable change mat
- Nappy Bags
- Water Bottle
* It is important to take a first aid kit when out and about with a little one, you are entrusted to care and support for another little human. It’s always best to be prepared for any situation that may arise, this may be a high temperature or scraped knees. It is important to carry around certain medical equipment specific to the child you care for, some children might have an Epi-Pen for allergies or hay fever medication.
* Change of clothes- No matter how young or old the child is, a change of clothes is a must to pack. Whether you have water play planned, an accident or some spilt food, it’s always handy to have a change of clothes.
* To prevent the spread of germs hand sanitiser is a must! It does not remove dirt (make sure your hands are cleaned or washed). Who hasn’t had a toddler touch the floor or the bottom of their shoes? Hand sanitiser is great because it kills germs (Dettol hand sanitiser: Protects against 99.9% of germs anytime, anywhere!) so lather some on to kill those nasty germs before their hands reach their little mouths.
* Scented Nappy Bags are great! They serve many different uses, not only to bag dirty nappies but to use as rubbish bags- when you are stuck with that apple core and no bin in sight so what do you do with it? You can put the core in a bag or use the bag to put dirty/soiled clothes into.
* Make sure you have sufficient water/fluid for you and your charge, here is a quick guideline of how much a child should be drinking.
Recommended daily fluid intake (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/water-a-vital-nutrient)
Approximate adequate daily intakes of fluids (including plain water, milk and other drinks) in litres per day include:
- Infants 0–6 months – 0.7 l (from breastmilk or formula)
- Infants 7–12 months – 0.9 l (from breastmilk, formula and other foods and drinks)
- Children 1–3 years – 1.0 l (about 4 cups)
- Children 4–8 years – 1.2 l (about 5 cups)