#21: Changing Bags – The Bottom Line

#21: Changing Bags – The Bottom Line
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Changing bag contents in circular numbered layout as per text in post.
I was at a baby group the other day when a lady walked in with her baby pinned to one hip, and the opposite arm perpendicular to the floor. Why? Because she had a changing bag the size of a small suitcase. That beast wouldn’t have even cleared hand luggage restrictions with BA. She eased it gently from her whiplashed shoulder and let it fall to the floor with a thud, before unzipping it to reveal contents vomiting themselves all over the show. Perhaps she was going straight from the group onto a long haul caravan sabbatical, and her bag held all the worldly belongings of her entire family. Ladies, you do not need all of this stuff. I promise you. Save your arms and take a look at my minimalist approach to keeping the essentials covered. After all, if things get utterly catastrophic you can just beg, buy or borrow more stuff, no-one is ever THAT far from Boots!

1. Wipes. One pack. Make sure these bad boys have a plastic lid so that they don’t dry out. These Aldi ones are the best we’ve found and lovely and cheap too. Just don’t flush them! The wipe is not for flushing.

2. Nappy bags. Can also be substituted with dog poo bags, if you have a dog. Don’t bother with the scented ones. A really smelly shit will smell the shit out of your scented bags.

3. Cutesie little shopping bag that folds into itself, then resembles a novelty item. I’ve gone strawberry, I have seen apples and bananas. Don’t overload it, but equally don’t pay 5p for a bag for life anyway. They split, and the whole thing is a con.

4. A giant muslin. Moo repeatedly does ALL THE SICK so rather than carry a rotational 5 muslins, I just opt to have one ‘beast mode mus’ which has many, many folds of fabric in which to catch what is basically my own superfluous breastmilk. The sodden rag then goes into the wash each night to repeat the performance again the next day. I covet the Aden and Anais ones but sadly not the price tag!

5. Nappies. You only really need four in your bag, five if there are teething poos going down in brown town. Refer to my intro – you can always buy more, or borrow from a mum buddy. If you’re out for long enough that your child goes through four nappies, then you’re more than likely on what’s known as a Day Trip and I salute you. Did you lock the back door?

6. Zippy clothes bag. I found these on eBay and I bloody love them! They’re not exactly waterproof, but they keep wet clothes semi-contained and clean clothes away from all the other nasties lurking at the bottom of your changing behemoth. Worth having a couple, these are my only frivolities.

7. Anti-bac hand gel. For when the toilet cubicle has run out of soap, or you need to wipe excrement from the changing table surface before you plonk your baby down. If you use a wet wipe to administer the gel, then you’ve basically delivered a double cleanse – practically a bath / shower combo.

8. Nappy cream. When it’s hot and humid (gazes wistfully out at the July squib), Moo always gets quite bad nappy rash around her burgeoning fat folds. I used to find the grey tubs of Sudocrem a bit drying on little skin, but this stuff seems a lot more breathable and works both as a barrier cream and a treatment. One tube lasts ages, and I also dab it on her chin to soothe dribble rash (which is both annoying and disgusting).

9. Outfits. I used to take 5 vests and 5 sleepsuits out with me, seriously. If you reach the stage where you’re cracking out vest number 5, then you probably need to nip home and pour yourself a stiff drink while putting a wash on. I don’t even pack a full outfit now – I take one sleepsuit, slightly too big so that when I come to need it in 5 months’ time, it’ll probably still fit. So what, your baby wears a sleepsuit for a couple of hours? Better than re-washing a vest and two-piece outfit.

10. I do insist on a bib though. Did I mention that Moo does ALL THE SICK? These bandana ones are brilliant, especially the ones with soft terry towelling underneath for double the moppage capabilities. I did see one the other day with a little triangular teething section at the bottom of the bib. Don’t bother with those – purpose-designed teethers can never quite match up to your hand, their hand, or your nice necklace.

You’re most welcome.

– SJW July 2016

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  1. July 19, 2016 / 7:27 am

    You’re so right. I’m a teacher and your image reminded me of year 7 kids arriving in September with bags big enough to migrate with. And as you point out, you’re never too far from supplies. We take the kids hiking in carriers quite often so really have to cut back and I think this has transferred itself into everyday life.
    Potty Adventures

    • July 19, 2016 / 7:29 am

      Ah thank you – I see sooooooo many posts about changing bags and I wanted to make this a little more realistic to my lifestyle ???? I can well imagine the sights you must see! #DreamTeam

  2. July 19, 2016 / 7:51 am

    I always thought I must be a really unprepared mum because my changing bag was half the size of everyone else’s and always zipped up. Seriously though, well done for washing the muslin every night – many a time I was forced to use a pretty crunchy one I’d forgotten about.

    • July 19, 2016 / 8:07 am

      Oooh, a crunchy sour muslin can wreck any party but meh, won’t do the child any harm. X

  3. July 19, 2016 / 8:06 am

    If I do it again (most unlikely but still) I’ll get a Pacapod, they look brilliant! Thank you for reading ????

  4. July 19, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Haha this made me laugh! My Mum came to stay last week and picked up my changing bag and told me how heavy it was…so I obviously need to do some rethinking. But you’re absolutely right, most of the time we just carry this stuff around “just in case” and have never used them! Brilliant post – thank you for linking up to the #dreamteam xx

    • July 19, 2016 / 9:48 am

      Oh you’ll be amazed what you have lurking at the bottom! Mine used to be a treasure trove of crap – elastic bands, soggy boxes of raisins, too-small nappies, empty wipe packets etc. No more! Minimal all the way… Thank you for hosting #dreamteam xx

  5. July 19, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Loving your blog photo with the puzzle numbers! These days are far behind me now! My handbag is now a dumping ground/receptacle for squished snacks and leaking drinks bottles! Smug as you like – I do like to put some old clothes in the car just in case we have extreme drinks leakage, fall in a duck pond or have an altercation with a particularly large ice cream etc. #chucklemums

    • July 19, 2016 / 10:56 am

      I would love an altercation with a particularly large ice cream about now…! Yes, another friend suggested I do part two, weaning, and then part three, the dreaded potty training! X

  6. July 19, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Sorry if you get this twice – I pressed submit and it vanished! We are FINALLY – after a whole year – free of carrying muslins everywhere. It’s so liberating! Except for the fact that toddler is potty training so I have to lug around changes of clothes instead. #chucklemums

    • July 19, 2016 / 12:17 pm

      Just the once I think! Aaah, those blissful days of not having to anticipate excessive vomit. I’d happily trade piss-soaked clothes for a giant sicky muslin. #chucklemums

  7. July 19, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I am definitely in the camp of taking too much with me. I’ve started to pare it down a bit now to be fair as he’s rarely sick and the explosive poos are less frequent. But I have it hung on the bag of the buggy so I don’t feel the weight of it anyway…

    Fabulous post as always my sweet! #chucklemums

  8. July 19, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Totally agree, pop a packet of tissues in there and a water bottle and I think you’re set! As you say, if you get it that wrong you can probably just buy whatever you need. There’s no need to pack the kitchen sink for just a short outing! #chucklemums

    • July 19, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      A little secret – if my daughter’s puzzle went up to 12 I totally would have included those ???? thanks for reading and commenting for #chucklemums xx

  9. July 19, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I go everso minimalist on the changing bag front. 3 nappies only (I know crazy). My changing bag is the size of a large clutch bag…I believe it’s an insert for a larger changing bag that I couldn’t afford and didn’t want so only bought the insert! I like the element of adventure this has given me. Although reading your last point has made me remember the time I used a sainsburys plastic bag as a bib at lunch once and felt like people would think I was terrible and about to suffocate my child. That wasn’t probably my best moment ever BUT it worked. I am more than a little impressed with the use of puzzle numbers in the picture! #chucklemums

    • July 19, 2016 / 11:09 pm

      I love everything about this comment! Nothing wrong with a multi purpose carrier bag…and top scrimpy marks for only buying the insert to the changing bag. I was going to use numbered magnets but there was a suspicious lack of 4,5 and 8 so the puzzle won! My most creative photo yet, I do believe. #chucklemums

      • July 20, 2016 / 11:06 am

        Ha thanks! I’ll take the scrimpy marks. I’ve just looked up Pacapods thanks to Jasmine’s comment further up. Wowwww. They look amazing. If I had a spare £265 I would be purchasing the Firenze and filling every pocket with baby paraphernalia. Stuff the element of adventure.

        • July 20, 2016 / 11:12 am

          I didn’t realise they were *quite* as pricey! In that case I retract that earlier enthusiasm. Back to primark for me.

  10. July 20, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Love this really helpful post! I always use the tub Sudocrem for baby girl as any other creams make her come out in a rash.
    #triballove xx

    • July 20, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Thank you lovely! I know, it’s hard finding the right one isn’t it. #triballove

  11. July 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Haha, I was all over this. As a travelling type I know how to travel light! I did run out of nappies once though – the shame! #chucklemums

    • July 20, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Nothing a tactical muslin bum wrap can’t fix…! Hope you’re enjoying your hols. #chucklemums

  12. July 20, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    The only time we hadn’t packed enough was on vomit day whereby little one flooded the car, his clothes and the car seat every few minutes. In the end we bought a 3 pack of sleepsuits from Tesco having pulled over to hose him off again, just to make it home. That day was epic.

    • July 20, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      Well of course…! We live and learn though – I expect you’re one of the suitcase types now ????

  13. July 21, 2016 / 9:52 am

    This is brilliant! I too went for the minimalist approach aka I forgot it again and Boots is in town. Muslins though, those I had in spades. Lile you said, they can be used for anything.

  14. Laura Drake
    July 21, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I recently went through a cull of superfluous crap that I have never once used. Originally I got one of those massive bags with ALL the compartments – they are rather exciting at first when you place all your bits in little pockets they can “belong”, daydream of using them and feel like you’re winning at being an organised mum. Trouble is I then NEVER migrated said items back, so my nicely folded bibs, muslins, cardigan, spare sleepsuit (short and long sleeve to account for all weather), fold up changing mat – most of which have never seen the light of day or did so once about 6 months ago – and so on would wrap around everything else and make it impossible to find anything quickly. My phone more often that not ended up enveloped in a food-splattered bib. I now have a groovy mini back pack, mumming up to the max with hands-free practicality =)

    • July 21, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      I see so many of the cool mums with backpacks and I think I missed a trick! Earlier comments directed me to the Pacapod before I realised they’re about £700 a go. I love all the compartments and get lured in by them but I can never remember what item is meant to go in which receptacle so it’s best just to fling it all in, minimal style, and let it air after a damp spell ????

  15. July 22, 2016 / 7:33 am

    I always forget to put a shopping bag in my nappy bag and have to act all apologetic at the supermarket checkout. The giant muslin is a good idea – I tend to keep a small muslin in there and use it WAY too many times so it becomes snot-covered and disgusting. My happy bag is also full of at least four different kinds of snacks, which is probably a bit excessive, but when you have a fussy little toddler, it’s always good to be able to give them options when they’re having a meltdown. #FridayFrolics

    • July 22, 2016 / 7:37 am

      Yes I always apologise too if I need a carrier bag! Idiot. Also ref snacks – options are always good. Anything up to 2yo they tend to accept the first snack offered. Post 2 and you need a Tesco Express in your bag. Thanks for commenting for #FridayFrolics ????

  16. July 22, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I didn’t have my change bag with me the day my kid projectiled. I survived. Just. Okay so I drove home in my bra. I now always keep emergency wipes in the car! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    • July 22, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Yes! I should have put a memo on there to always keep wipes in the car ???? we just have a stack of napkins from Costa…thanks for hosting #FridayFrolics

  17. July 22, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    OK my babies are now too old for changing bags but i was awful…would carry the world. And in fact my handbag / back pack still has far too much stuff. And then i’ll have still have forgotten something! But this was v funny! Love the zippy bag! I want that AND the bib even though I can’t even think of a use for them! I am such a perfect example of our consumerist culture! 🙂 #FridayFrolics

    • July 22, 2016 / 7:41 pm

      Have you got a very small dog?! That would work – small dogs look very cute in a bandana ???? Thank you for reading and commenting xx

  18. July 22, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Brilliant – I can’t imagine packing 5 outfits! Crikey if we needed that many changes I would just wrap Pud in a plastic bag… And yes scented nappy bags are a waste of time, nothing contains that smell! I do have the coveted giant aden + anais musy’s (TK max my friend 14.99!) I couldn’t live without these #stayclassy

    • July 22, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      I’ve heard several TK Max rumours but I fear I’m too late ???? I’ll save that grain of knowledge for the third baby… *watches as husband recoils in abject horror*… #stayclassy xx

  19. July 28, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Yes, about what my list is. My change bags have definitely become much smaller & lighter than when I had my first newborn & was convinced I needed everything all the time!

    Thanks so much for linking up with #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next time!

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