What’s in your changing bag?
When I first became a mum I knew that the size of my handbag would have to change. Gone were the days of the small bag with just enough space to put your purse, keys, lippy and mobile phone in.
My very first nappy changing bag, (I only had 2!), was grey and boring but very practical and had so many pockets inside and out! I could practically fit my whole house in it!
The contents of the bag went a little like this…
Changing mat – a handy little foldaway mat that can be used anywhere, including the boot of your car!
Nappies – I always carried way too many, and being a reusable nappy kinda mum, the size of the bag was a big deal! I did have the odd spare disposable nappy too, you just never know when you’re gonna get caught out.
Wet wipes – with my first little pickle, they were the washable type, but my second child they were disposable ones. They just have so many uses; mucky hands, sticky fingers, bumps and bruises and a quick fix to clear up the odd bit of sick!
Hand Sanitiser always came in handy for freshening up after a nappy change, but I have been known to squirt some on the table in a coffee shop ready for snack time too!
Nappy bags were handy not only for the dirty nappies but for keeping the mucky clothes contained.
Spare Clothes – from vests to babygros, cute girly outfits to boy’s comfy trousers. Depending on the age and stage of my kiddies, there would even have been a spare pair of shoes for those potty training accidents!
Breast pads – I exclusively breastfed so the last thing I wanted was a leakage, especially when my daughter was newborn, the feeding was all over the place and milk was on tap. Breast pads have other uses though, I once used it as a plaster when I was on a long walk and had the worst blister on my heel you can ever imagine!
Muslin squares – handy for feeding, using as a bib, over the shoulder burps and even as a sunshade.
Suncream and sun hats in the summer, and gloves and a beanie for the winter.
Calpol sachets and teething gel / powder – handy to slip safely in the bag. If it wasn’t my bubba that needed them, they were always handy to help out a friend.
As my family grew from child to children,
additional bits were added to my bag, which was upgraded to a more sophisticated style.
Snacks and sippy cups for my toddler.
Crayons and a pad, books and small toys – for those times when you just want to finish the coffee you treated yourself to, while it’s still warm!
Tissues for runny noses or teething dribbles.
Money – lots of change was always a must. Popping to the shops for supplies and getting the buggy out of the car, all set up for baby and toddler, was always a mission. To then find you don’t have any change for the car park must be any mum’s nightmare. I was caught out on numerous occasions stood at the parking meter when I remembered that I hadn’t replenished my coin purse!
As well as the essentials there would be a small space, somewhere in the bag, for my bits
Purse – a must when having a coffee and cake catch up with another mummy friend.
Mobile phone – full of hundreds of baby snap shots.
Powder brush to help cover up those dark circles
Sunglasses – nothing worse than going for a walk with the sun in your eyes.
Chewing gum / mints – did I ever rush out the door without brushing my teeth?! I don’t think so!
So this is mine, what’s in your changing bag?
Written by Gemma our Poole and Ferndown Organiser