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Nursery bag checklist for babies

Welcome to our guide to packing a nursery bag for the Baby Room. Your baby will have lots of fun at nursery, we can help to make sure they have everything they need.

Your baby’s first day at nursery

Taking your little one to nursery for the first time can be an emotional experience but there are things you can do to make it easier on both of you. The first thing is to prepare everything you need for your baby to be out of the house for the day. If you know for sure that they have everything they’ll need then there will be no need to worry that something has been left behind.

Remember to write their name on everything, including their bag and any creams.

Remember, your baby will have lots of fun at nursery. There are new and exciting toys to play with and new people to meet. Provision is usually changed weekly and will be centred around the children’s interests. Nursery staff know all about early years development and will be keeping a record of the things they do at nursery in a Learning Journal. Sometimes these are paper-based but many settings now use online journals through companies like Tapestry. This is a digital collection of photographs, notes and assessments centred around your child’s development. You’ll be able to see your child’s journal at any time whether it is digital or on paper.

What to pack for the Baby Room

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Some things you will leave at nursery so they are always on hand (like nappies), and other things will go home every day.

On their peg

Your baby will probably be given their own peg to put their things on when they arrive at nursery for the first time. These are usually named or labelled with their photo.

  • An outdoor jacket
  • Backpack/nursery bag

In their nursery bag

Nurseries will give you any dirty clothes in a nappy bag or carrier bag to take home with you, you’ll then know if you need to bring another change of clothes in. You may find it easier to leave their bag at nursery if your baby is there every day.

  • Comforter
  • 2 or 3 changes of clothes including vests (a choice of long and short sleeved outfits are best for changes in temperature)
  • A jumper or cardigan
  • Bibs
  • Suncream
  • Sun hat
  • Milk and bottles*
  • Their daily diary (supplied by nursery)
    Nurseries will usually give young babies a diary as a means of communication about nappy changes and feeds. You can write in this about how long they have slept for and any medication they’ve had.

Stored at nursery

You will need to bring these in on your baby’s first day and nursery staff will let you know when they are running low on anything.

  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • Barrier cream
  • Any medication or pain relief if needed

*Expressed milk can be brought in daily, bags are a convenient way to transport this. Formula milk can be stored at nursery and made up as necessary. You’ll need to ask your nursery staff if they provide bottles and cups, some do but if not you’ll need to pack them.

If you are using reusable nappies at nursery don’t forget your nappy bucket so they have somewhere to put the used ones.

Every nursery setting is different so you may find that yours does things a little differently. These are the things that we found helpful and hope you do too.

Is there anything special you put in your baby’s nursery bag?

Category:Baby, Education
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Natalie Cotton

Mum and early years teacher in the UK helping to make learning fun and creative.

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