Kindness At Christmas – Nappy Donations

This year I’ve been inspired by the kindness advent calendar put together by Lauren from Dilan & Me. I must admit I haven’t been able to follow it every day because there are days where Ella & I simply don’t make it out of the house!

However, I have taken ideas from it & implemented them where possible. I went to Starbucks on my way to the Wreath making workshop & rather than buying my usual size coffee I bought two smaller ones and suspended one of them for someone else and my Christmas cards (not that I’ve written them yet!) are all in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association – a charity close to our family’s heart. It’s surprising how much kindness you can squeeze into your day even if it just feeding the plumber & plasterer gingerbread men!

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What’s In My Changing Bag?

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!

Coco Bow Ebony Changing Bag

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.

Nappy Changing Essentials

 

Things For Me:

  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitiser – never know where you’re going to have to do a nappy change.
  • My Purse
  • Keys
  • Sunglasses
  • 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!

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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.

Baby Bits

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?

 Whats In My Changing Bag