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Your out and about bag will change over time and many Mamas say that, after a while, they've managed just carrying a wet wipe and a change of underwear! You don't need an expensive nappy changing bag either - they are lovely of course but a decent backpack will do a superb job and is so much better for posture and babywearing.
You'll know yourself when it's time to reduce your burden but, initially, here's some of our suggestions...
Keys, mobile phone, purse
Any medication needed during your time out
Important contact numbers, including the NHS Helpline: 0845-4647
Any necessary maps, transport timetables
A pen (or two!)
Nappies or underwear
Lightweight foldable travel changing mat
Wetwipes (plastic containers with homemade ones are great and avoid chemical nasties!)
A little pot of nappy cream if necessary
A muslin cloth
A pack of tissues
Clothes for changeable weather such as waterproof trousers and a light jacket - it mean the difference between playing in the park or avoiding it!
Spare change of child clothes (trousers, top and socks are handy along with a bib for any dribblers!)
A plastic bag
Cotton shopping bag
Water in a sippy cup
A small cool bag for very hot weather
Bottlefeeders might find a ready-sterilised bottle, secure lid and a carton of ready-to-use formula useful. This lovely website has a number of BPA, PVC & Phthalates free, self warming bottles.
Art bag (notepad/crayons/pens )
Shopping trolley token
Sting-free antiseptic wipes
Some parents interested in alternative remedies carry items such as Colloidal Silver Spray, Arnica, Rescue Remedy etc - we encourage people to do their own research before choosing these products.
Parents who babywear have to think carefully about how much they carry in their out and about bags!
Go continental, use a shopping trolley -perfect sense for babywearers!
Many buggies have handy velcro fastening bags to put between the handlebars or underneath - older toddlers who are used to being carried sometimes find the buggy a novelty!
Soft structured baby carriers often have accessories including pouches which can be fastened to the front of the carrier and are a perfect size for passports, wipes and a nappy!
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