Before becoming a mum, I used to love those 'what do I keep in my handbag?' blog posts, for I am fundamentally an extremely nosy person. Lots of 'oh, she has 3 bottles of perfume but no pens? That is not somebody I could be friends with,' type mental gossiping to be had.
However, now that I'm a mum my handbag mostly contains spilled baby snacks and used dummies. So, I reckon that changing bag contents are more interesting.
In the name of this blog, I tipped out the bag on the kitchen floor and had a bit of a sort-out.
- Pack of doggy training pads - someone once recommended these to me for putting under a baby for nappy free time, to absorb accidents and give them a clean surface to kick on
- Spare milk bottle teat - you can buy bottled formula nearly anywhere in case of emergency, but the teats are hard to find
- Teething ring - om nom nom
- Organix sweetcorn snacks bag - great for fractious supermarket trips
- Travel changing mat
- Ziplok bag of baby wipes - better than luggings around the whole packet
- Bonjela teething gel, Mini tub of Sudocrem and Calpol sachets - just in case
- Bunny rattle
- Dummy holder with two sterilised dummies - pack these, if you don't pack anything else - unless you like driving home with half an hour of crying coming from the car seat
- Nappy sacks
- NHS baby Heath Record book
- Clean disposable nappies
- Spare babygrow, t-shirt and tights - in case of really major accidents
- Knitted hat
- Travel highchair - good for cafe stops
In the name of journalistic honesty, I should also show you the stuff I removed from the bag before taking these photos:
- used nappy
- bag of poosploded clothing
- apple core wrapped in tissue
- too-small tights
- a tub of custard I'd forgotten about
Over to you - what is essential to keep in your changing bag? Am I missing something vital? Let me know your top bits of kit to carry round!