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What to pack in a changing bag? And how to pack it

Tan backpack changing bag with baby items laid out on the floor

Image featuring our tan backpack changing bag

Mum, you've made it. Little wolf arrived just over a week ago and you no longer feel like you have been hit by a truck (well almost). More importantly, you're not reaching for that jug next to the loo anymore. And now, you want out of the house. Granted it's been nice camped out in the living room, but you feel ready to venture out, start building your stamina - one. baby. step. at a time. At the very least, you want to be able to make it to the corner shop to top up on treats. And as little wolf is your new clingon, he's coming too. But what to pack in a changing bag?! 

You spent ages before the birth googling what to pack in a hospital bag, and packing and repacking and topping up, but what goes in a changing bag kind of got overlooked. Just as you spent so much time planning and sorting things out before the baby arrived, you didn't really think much about what would happen after he gets here (or is that just us?) Luckily, we've pulled together a list of everything you need in a changing bag, or at least a list of things to consider, to make your first outing with little wolf that bit easier.

View our video below to find out what to pack in a changing bag, or checkout the checklist underneath our video for a list of ideas.

What to pack in a changing bag?

  • Hand sanitizer. This was a changing bag staple well before the pandemic. The amount of toilets that don't have soap is pretty vom.  So sanitise up.
  • A muslin cloth.  Perfect for a bib, bench cover if it's been raining, feeding cover if you want to keep warm, blanket, and sun shade. A handy muslin cloth is a must!
  • Nappies. Pretty obvious, right? Wrong. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to forget to replace nappies in your changing bag once you've been out and about. Remember they get used and need topping up. 

Tan changing bag with baby lying next to it

  •  A change of clothes for little wolf.  Poonamis are a real thing.
  • A bib - Is little wolf weaning? Then a bib, or something that can double as a bib, is essential. Like a muslin cloth. Otherwise your partners hoodie stuffed in the pushchair will do the trick.
  • A travel changing mat. Poonamis can occur just about anywhere, so always be prepared to change a nappy in everything but a toilet.
  • Nappy bags for quarantining poop clothes
  • Wet wipes.  Again a must.  
Black changing backpack being opened by model




  • Bum cream to protect that peach.
  • Teething toy or rattle for little wolf.
  • Spare t shirt for mum.  You might get projectile baby vom on you, get caught in a storm or a bird might shit on you.  A spare t shirt will make you feel a bit fresher at least.
  • Breast pads to keep your boobies fresh.
  • Water for mum.  Looking after little wolf is thirsty work.  
  • Flask for mum. Especially during current times, finding an open coffee shop might be nigh impossible.  

Tan changing backpack attached to pram

  • Treats for mum.  Because you deserve it.
  • Purse and phone, nice and charged.  
  • Cloth bag in case you want to do a spot of shopping and let's face it your changing bag is pretty full now!
  • Tampons. 
  • A face mask. It is 2020 after all. And wearing a mask whilst you change little one's butt might actually stop the stench from burning your nostrils.

So that's it! I'm sure we have forgotten something, so stick it in the comments below.  Every new mum has her own idea of which must-haves need to make it into the changing bag (from chocolate to essential oils to a flask of gin...!) But remember if you do forget what to pack in a changing bag, or get caught off guard, that mum sat opposite you probably has what you need in hers, so don't be afraid to ask. You managed to get out the house with little wolf and that's no mean feat, so don't beat yourself up if you forget the sudocream. 

How to pack a changing bag


Black backpack changing bag


Now that you've got all your baby bits sorted, it's time for the packing.  Believe it or not, there's actually a nack to packing a changing bag backpack and making sure that everything you need is within reach. Follow these tips to make sure you never get caught short when the nappy's off. 

TIP: Remember that compartments are key, to help you make sure that you can find what you need when you need it. 

  1. Make sure you have your change of clothes, nappies, wipes and that sudocream all together. It might seem a bit OTT but fold your change of clothes together so they can be yanked out with ease.
  2. Pack snacks and bibs together too, so that they can be easily found when needed.
  3. Keep a water bottle for you in a side pocket on the outside of the bag. It'll make it easier to grab when you have a spare hand.
  4. Keep keys and phone at a pocket at the front. Make sure it's in a zipped pocket and ideally that it is behind two opening mechanisms for security e.g. a flap closing and a zipped pocket.
  5. Keep wipes in a side pocket on the outside of the bag, so they're easy to grab. There's nothing worse than trying to pin little wolf to the changing table with one hand whilst you root around your bag for those wipes.  Especially if the nappy is already off.
  6. Stick wet wipes anywhere where you have space! You can never have too many wipes on you.

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