When our little ones are tiny and fresh out the wrapper, you can be easily forgiven for putting everything-but-the-kitchen-sink into your nappy bag. But once they grow a little older you start to realise which things we do or don’t need with us. Although a few unnecessary things may slip through the net from time to time, it’s liberating to leave the house with less things as they get older.
One thing that I like to do is keep our Nappy bag organised so it’s only necessary to take one bag. Keeping our nappy bag organised also means it’s much easier to find what we need in a rush. I may also sound a little strange in saying it looks nicer too, but a neatly organised bag is lovely to look at.
Up until recently we’ve been using a shoulder bag, which we’ve now switched for a back pack so I’m practically hands free. We’ve also been using a pushchair organiser from Munchkin (which also doubles up as a hand held bag) and it’s brilliant. So in this post I will be reviewing the Munchkin Pushchair Organiser and will be sharing with you why I think it’s handy for all parents to have. Firstly I’ll be sharing a few key tips to keep your nappy bag organised.
Nappy Bag Organisation
- Make every section, pocket and corner or your bag have a purpose. For example; the front pocket for your keys and phone, one side of the bag for nappies and wipes, one pocket for snacks and another section for drinks. Knowing where everything is kept in your bag will make things much easier to find. It’s also easier to describe where something is when you need a little help from a friend. Generally, the more pockets, the better, when it comes to nappy bags. But since our little ones have grown we’re finding the two-pocket back pack perfect and keep everything in it’s own section.
Dedicate a certain amount of items solely for your nappy bag. One pack of wipes, four nappies, sun-cream, tissues, or something similar that suits your general use. Keep an eye on stocks and top them up whenever they’re low, also keep them in your bag so there’s no chance of you being caught short.
Clean it out after every outing. This may sound like a bit of a pain, but have you ever reached into your bag and pulled out a half eaten pack of Cheddars? Or worse, an apple. This has happened to me on an embarrassing amount of occasions but cleaning it out every evening stops anything disgusting growing in the deep dark depths of our bag.
Pack things bottom-up. Have everything sat vertically in your bag and keep nappies flat together with their bottom facing up, this makes everything easy to grab.
Keep it basic. If you have a baby you’d want to pack:
– Five Nappies
– Milk bottles and dummies (if using)
– Spare outfit
For a toddler:
– Three nappies (if using)
– Beaker of water
– Snacks (Banana, Cheddars, Biscotti etc)
– Lunch (if needed)
This is all based on our experience of things we needed, and those days of rummaging through an overflowing bag filled with things we didn’t use. I do also keep hand sanitizer and vaseline in our bag at all times too, both as important to me as my keys. Packing a lighter bag makes it easier to organise and find the things you need in a rush.
Munchkin Pushchair Organiser
Munchkin very kindly sent me a few items to review and this was the first thing that I couldn’t wait to rip open and use. It has a variety of uses and is really designed with the modern parent in mind. We absolutely love ours. As always my opinions and pictures are my own.
- Adjustable straps to attach to the pushchair
Can also be used as a carry bag
Has a pocket designed for touch screen phones which can be used while in the pocket, only to read messages and perhaps send one on the go
Box for travel wipes (or to add your own wipes individually as we did)
Additional large folding pocket
Two insulated cup holders
Internal dividers to adjust pockets according to your needs
Large centre compartment
I describe it as the Tardis of storage bags, it’s deceptively spacious and has the extra fold down pocket with a huge amount of storage. The extra pocket came in incredibly handy when it was attached to the buggy. Sandy shoes, empty lunchboxes and discarded jackets could easily be thrown in there. I did also manage to use it for a tiny amount of storage when the pocket was folded up, I tucked a mini suncream and sunglasses in there as I knew we’d need them throughout the day.
The two side straps which attach to your push chair, also attach to each other, meaning it can also be used as a sweet little bag. We haven’t used it in this way yet, but I have no doubt that we will, especially for a visit to the park when all we need are beakers, keys and a phone.
The little pocket on top is really useful for checking messages quickly or to see who’s calling, without having to fiddle with zips and buttons on our bag. The pocket is touch-sensitive, which means it can be used without taking it out. I wouldn’t use it this way for phone calls or browsing the internet (when would we have time anyway) but to send quick text replies it’s perfect.
The plastic nappy case is just brilliant. We’re a family that uses wipes like it’s going out of fashion. So to have a box dedicated to this kind of thing, was probably my favourite touch. It doesn’t take a full size pack of wipes because Munchkin wanted to keep the bag as compact as possible, but it does fit travel wipes. Although I just folded as many of our own wipes to pop in there. You could also just remove the Munchkin wipes box and pop your own wipes in the holder instead, our full sized pack did fit like this. It sits on the front of the bag, again with ease in mind.
The inner compartment contains two insulated cup holders (it held tea – with a lid), dividers which can be removed and a large middle section for all your nic-naks. I rolled up three nappies and tucked our hand sanitizer in here, then slotted the kids beakers in the outer sections. There was still a little room for a few extra things if we needed it.
It’s such a lovely pushchair organiser (and bag or even car seat storage) I’ve loved using it and now it’s part of the family, it’ll be joining us on all of our outings. I’m so impressed by the quality and the thought that has gone into designing this. Munchkin have certainly made sure it’s compact, durable, easy to use and with a variety of functions.
If you’re looking for a little extra storage then I’d really recommend Munchkins organiser. You can find it on their website here. I hope you’ll be able to have a lovely organized nappy bag and pushchair now! 😉