What’s in my changing bag?

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…

skip hop via messenger changing bag

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 also have these great antibacterial wipes, which I find slightly more reassuring than an antibacterial gel handwash, because they wipe away any dirt as well as zapping germs.nappies pants wetbag moltex

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!!

sunglasses snacks aquataint

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.wipes toys coins

 

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!

Mami 2 Five
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12 Comments

    • May 25, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      They’re really structured, aren’t they, those pink lining bags? I switched to this one because it was a bit more structured. I used to have a soft Kipling bag, but we lost the monkey in Disney World and I fell out of love with it! Shallow or what?!

  1. May 31, 2015 / 8:02 am

    I have a Skip Hop bag too and it’s well over three years old. I am using it for my second child but it’s not packed as neatly as it was when I had my first. I usually throw in: nappies, bags, wipes, a muslin and a spare sleep suit. I have left over Fruitshoots in just about every pocket from my three year old and I also find random rubbish toys laying in the bottom!

  2. May 31, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Mine are too old to need to take a changing bag out with me now, but my handbag usually has a couple of pairs of spare knickers in, snacks, drinks and wet wipes! Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

    • May 31, 2015 / 8:59 am

      Haha, except they are a bit too cute and therefore not totally money saving!

  3. June 8, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    I love these posts, I like to see if I am missing anything. But I usually find I carry more than is needed for one baby. I do carry antibacterial gel and now you have me thinking “yes wipes do make more sense!”

    • June 8, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      I can definitely recommend wipes for after poopy nappies 🙁 bleurgh.

  4. August 24, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    oh I love seeing what people carry in theirs. Very interesting 🙂 good idea about the food bags too, #MaternityMondays

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