What to carry in the changing bag is often a very personal thing, just like what you’d carry in your handbag pre-children! But I do often see other bloggers sharing what they carry in theirs, and I must admit, I love a good nosy and I often pick up little tips.
I went through a phase of not needing a changing bag with James. I had a little handbag from M&S and it had just enough room for a couple of nappies, a homemade wipe bag and that was all I needed! But now we’ve got Noah, and disposable nappies do not fit him – I tried all the supermarket and premium brands but couldn’t find one that worked reliably, so I’ve switched to using cloth nappies with Noah. I was doing the washing anyway, so I figure I may as well save money and the environment at the same time! Cloth nappies take up a bit more room, so I usually have to take a bigger bag with me.
So then, my changing bag needs to work for a baby and a toddler (and me!).
My changing bag is a Skip Hop Via Messenger bag. I bought it based on the lovely bright colour! It has, like, a zillion pockets and compartments inside, which are handy until you want to find something and you’ve forgotten which one you’ve put the thing in…
The first (obvious) thing I carry is nappies! I take a few depending on how long we’ll be out for, along with a cute wetbag to hold the dirty or wet nappies after changing time.
I also carry a pair of James’ underpants inside a plastic food bag. Sometimes he’s too busy playing to remember to use the toilet, and while that concentration is admirable, it is occasionally a bit messy. So I take a spare pair of pants and the dirty pair can go straight into the zip lock bag to hold in the pong or moisture. Toddler poop is much smellier than breastfed baby poop, so I don’t want it going loose in the wetbag.
I stick my sunglasses in one of the pockets, along with hand cream, because my hands are so dry from all the, well, everything! I’ve found this Body Shop stuff to be really quickly absorbed and makes my hands feel silky soft while smelling great. This fantastic sanitising water is a must-have for Noah’s dummies, hands, tables, etc. It’s so quick to use, as you just spray it on, and that’s it, no wiping, no waiting, and it’s done!
Every toddler’s changing bag contains snacks. The contents vary, obviously, and I usually just grab the first handful of things out of our snack box in the kitchen. Where would we be without snacks? In a big screaming melty puddle on the floor, I expect!!
I’m using cloth nappies with Noah, and in the house I use reusable wipes, too, but while we’re out and about I use disposable wipes. I’m not loyal to one brand, and I’ll generally just buy them when they’re on offer in the shop I happen to remember we need some in. Oh my goodness, how my maternity pay lasts I have no idea! So, because we use disposable wipes, I also carry a packet of nappy sacks. I prefer the fragranced ones, and I did go through a phase of using the biodegradable kind, but I was kindly given lots of packets of nappy sacks during my baby shower, and we’re still using those up now.
I also take along a few toys. The toys I take for Noah are often hijacked by James, so I manage to kill two birds with one stone, ha! And finally, a handful of change. I guarantee you, if I’m being spontaneous and decide to go somewhere different, I will not have money for a parking meter on that day, so I try to keep a little pile of coins in the changing bag just in case.
I do often take along a whole change of outfit for Noah, too. You can guarantee the day I forget to pop in some spare leggings, that will be the day his nappy explodes everywhere!
What do you have in your changing bag? I’d love to have a nosy!