My changing bag is often full of crap – at least two dirty nappies, a sicky muslin & too many lipsticks. I also have a load useful stuff that I can’t leave the house without. I often tip the whole thing out & start again just as a way of keeping it down to the essentials.
Before baby I was spoilt & used my beloved Mulberry Bayswater handbag every single day. Knowing it would be in storage for the next few years I started the hunt for the perfect changing bag. I wanted a stylish bag that didn’t scream Mummy!
I stumbled across CoCo Bow by Motherknot & knew I had to have the Ebony bag – but could I justify the £220 price tag? For a bag that I would use every day for at least two years, yes I could!
Its a lovely black leather bag with gold detailing in the form of zip, logo & key chain. It has loads of pockets for separating out your essentials. The bag comes with long shoulder strap & smaller straps for attaching to your pushchair. Also, it comes with a foldable changing mat & a removable lining which you can use as a separate bag. Great for when you hand baby over to someone else! As changing bags go I think it’s a bit of a beauty.
So here is what is in my changing bag on a good day…
Nappy Changing Essentials:
- Nappies – I tend to carry 4-8 depending on how long we’re out for.
- Baby Wipes
- Nappy Sacks – you can also bring dirty clothes home in them.
- Sample size nappy cream – I use the Sudocrem sooth & protect that I received with a Bounty pack.
Things For Me:
- Hand Sanitiser – never know where you’re going to have to do a nappy change.
- My Purse
- A snack for you – Especially if your breastfeeding. You need to keep your energy levels up & it saves you having to buy something while out.
- Water – A breastfeeding mum should be drinking around 3 litres a day.
- Breast pads in case Ella skips a feed and things get a bit damp!
- If I’m going to a place where I’d like to look especially nice all day then I will pack a spare top for myself. But most of the time I just wipe myself clean – Baby wipes are so useful!
Things For Ella:
- A toy for baby.
- Two spare baby grows – Make sure you change the sizes in your bag as baby grows!
- Weather appropriate accessories, like a hat, gloves & a cardigan.
- Muslins – At least two plus one for a breastfeeding cover up. Just use a safety pin to attach it to your top if you have to feed somewhere you aren’t comfortable.
I find it helpful to separate the items into categories & always store them in the same place. No matter what I do though Mr L can never find anything!
So that’s what I carry every day now I have a baby – is there anything extra that you carry in yours? What about tips & tricks to reduce the amount I carry?