I can’t believe my blog is almost a month old and I haven’t done a WIMCB post yet. Bad parent blogger! Let me amend this immediately…
Like most mums-to-be, one of my favourite items on the shopping list of things to buy before baby arrives was a changing bag. The market is absolutely swamped with different styles, shapes and sizes. There were so many I could’ve chosen but in the end I settled on the Babymel Big Slouchy in red (£49.00). I love the simplicity of it and it looks like it will last a long time (a lot of the reviews raved about it’s longevity!) I can’t stand things looking dirty and stained to the easy-to-wipe laminated material was a plus for me. Two months in and it looks just as clean as the day it arrived.
I take A LOT of stuff with me when I go out and about with Jasmine, probably far more than necessary but I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s better to be over prepared than under prepared. Freak blizzard in August? No problem, I’ll just get Jasmine’s snow suit out of my changing bag! OK, I’m quite not that bad. ;)
The bag comes with a fold-up matching changing mat and an isothermal (cool word) bottle holder. It has four internal pockets which I use for keeping Jasmine’s nappies, wipes etc. all organised and this makes them far easier to access in a hurry. It has one long adjustable messenger strap, so it’s great for just slinging over my shoulder. There’s also two separate velcro stroller straps for attaching the bag to my pushchair which is really useful.
I don’t tend to take a lot of my own stuff with me when we go out, just the essentials; phone, keys, and purse. I usually just slip these into the large front pocket of the bag which has tonnes of room in it. There’s also two external bottle-sized pockets on the sides of the bag.
I have been so pleased with this product and would recommend it to anyone still looking for a changing bag.
Let’s move on to the contents…
As I mentioned before, I tend to over-pack my changing bag but here’s a list of the essential items that I take out with me on a day-to-day basis:
Spare clothes – I’m quite lucky in that Jasmine isn’t too much of a mucky baby. She doesn’t sick up her milk quite as much as she did in the first few weeks and we’ve not had too many poo explosions but she does have her moments and sometimes they require quick outfit change. With this in mind, I always make sure to pack at least one spare vest and baby-gro. I think her little cupcake baby-gro in the picture here was part of a multi-pack from Mothercare.
Babymel Changing mat – this is the mat that came with the bag. As you can see it folds up small and it then fits nicely into one of the bag’s inside pockets.
Muslin square – If you’re reading this and you’re a new mum-to-be, be sure to buy muslins. Lots and lots of muslins. They are probably one of the handiest items you can have with a newborn and it’s amazing how quick you can get through them.
A sterilised Tommee Tippee bottle – pretty self explanatory!
Pampers nappies – Jasmine is still (just about) in stage 1 pampers nappies but they are getting a little snug so the next lot we buy will be the stage 2 size. I tend to buy them in large boxes of 74 from Amazon – lots cheaper than buying smaller packs from supermarket.
Johnson’s Sensitive Baby Wipes – We’ve used these wipes from day one and have never had any problems. They are fragrance-free and kind to Jasmine’s skin, perfect for keeping her little tush clean. Again, I buy these in bulk – boxes of 12 packs from Amazon.
Johnson’s Cotton Pads – I’ve tried all sorts of cotton wool pads since Jasmine was born – different shapes, sizes and brands. These are the best, *breaks into song* simply the best!! They are strong and don’t leave my little bubs with a fluffy bottom. I buy them from the Poundshop whenever I go in there and pretty much wipe them out of their entire stock each time!
Cusson’s Mum & Me Baby Massage Oil – I was bought lots of the Mum & Me range as presents when I was pregnant and fell in love with it all (especially the hydrating bump shower cream) so I’ve continued to buy products from this range now that ‘Bump’ is here. We used this massage oil in our baby massage/yoga classes and it’s great. A little goes a long way so this should last us a while. I’ll be using it a lot more now that I’m going to start giving Jasmine a pre-bedtime masssage. Isn’t she the lucky one?!
Cusson’s Mum & Me Antibacterial Hand Gel – Perfect size for slipping into your changing bag. Saves faffing around looking for somewhere to wash your hands when you’re in a hurry to feed your baby.
Clam P clips – I bought a pack of 2 of these clips from JoJo Maman Bebe for £4. They are brilliant for converting muslins into pram shades and have also been useful for stopping Jasmine’s pram blanket from ending up on the floor!
Cow & Gate Stage 1 Ready-made milk 200ml – I talked about how useful these are in my Top 5 Newborn Travel Essentials post. They’re pretty expensive (around £70p) but you are paying for the convenience factor. On average I’ll probably get through 3 or 4 of these a week.
Socks – I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve bothered putting socks on Jasmine. She’s usually wearing a baby-gro so they’re largely irrelevant. Still, I have a pair floating around in bottom of my bag.
Banana Boat Factor 50 Baby Sun Cream – Wonder why the weather has turned bad? It’s because I went out and bought sun cream. Sorry about that. We try our utmost to keep Jasmine in the shade on hot sunny days but I’m still paranoid about her burning so we bought this sun cream as an extra precaution. We’ve only used it twice since but it’s fine on Jasmine’s sensitive skin and it makes me want to sniff her even more – makes her smell like summer! :)
So there we have it, my WIMCB post!
Is there an essential item that you always pack with you in your changing bag? Am I missing something that could jolly well change my life? Well quit holding out on me and let me know about it in the comments box!