Style: What’s in my Changing Bag?

Style: What’s in my Changing Bag?

I’ve always enjoyed ‘What’s in my changing bag?’ type posts, in part because I’m nosey like that. But also because I worry that everyone else is carrying round things that I’m not – and probably should be!

I sometimes wonder if I should be carrying round a stash of medical equipment in my changing bag. Or at minimum a stock of plasters in case of bumps and scraps (real or imagined!). But then I always figure in Edinburgh. I’m never that far from a shop selling those things and if I’ve got a more adventurous day planned then they can always be added in.

Before I switched to using ‘real’ nappies, one of my (many) concerns had been how much more ‘stuff’ I would have to carry around in my changing bag. With two small children, I already seemed to be lugging about the house and the kitchen sink – and adding to this was not top of my list of priorities.

However, I needn’t have feared – although I have certainly altered how I deal with my changing bag – it’s not heavier, just a little more organised.

changing bag 1

With Katie, I simply used a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ which was awesome for carrying a massive amount of stuff – but Mike did look a bit ridiculous carrying it around – which he did much more so once Thomas arrived. After hunting for a more gender neutral changing bag, we settled for the Storksak ‘Ashley’ in black. I’m so glad we opted for a proper changing bag this time around as it does hold much more than you’d think and the array of pockets makes it very easy to organise!

Key equipment

Double compartment wet bag, Cheeky Wipes, Charlie Banana nappy and Burt's Bees diaper cream

The key equipment is obviously everything I need for nappy changing! I use reusable baby wipes from ‘Cheeky Wipes’. These are already soaked in water with a few drops of Lavender and Chamomile essential oils – so can just be popped into the front pocket of my double wet bag. My favourite line from Cheeky Wipes is ‘just use one for a nice clean bum!’ – except in the case of total poonami, it really does ring true. Even so, I usually only ever take 8-9 wipes if I’m out for a full day.

The number of nappies I pack obviously varies according to how long I plan to be out, but I always have a minimum of two. This is the biggest difference between reusable and disposable nappies in my mind. I used to start with a stash of at least six in my bag, that then let them run down before I realised I was on to my last! That really isn’t possible with the bulk of reusables, but the solution has just been to sort my bag out at the end of the day. This is necessary anyway as obviously, I can’t just chuck the nappies in a bin wherever I am!

The used nappies fit easily into my double wet bag – which can store four nappies plus any mucky bibs etc. Obviously, as I’m only ever exchanging a clean nappy for a dirty one – there’s always room in the changing bag to carry this. I don’t know whether any ‘stink’ is contained by the wet bag or the way the nappies are folded  – but thus far, I haven’t noticed a problem with carrying round the dirty nappies. Maybe they just smell less with a lack of chemicals? Does anyone know the answer to this one?

I use the mat that came with the changing bag which folds down to be pretty compact – but it isn’t shown in the photo as I didn’t think it was particularly photogenic!

My obsession with Burt’s Bees products extends to their bum cream – it’s infused with Sweet Almond, and Lavender Oil which means it smells pretty divine.

Useful additions

Change of clothes, Funky Giraffe bib and Vest extender

I’ve found the containment of reusable nappies to be much better than disposables; which renders outfit changes due to leaks unusual. Unfortunately Thomas is still likely to dribble and spit up. So it’s always a good idea to have spare changes of clothes. A spare change for Katie is also handy in case of spilt drinks etc. along with my top tip: clean socks for everyone in case of a unplanned trip to soft play!

A question I’m frequently asked is whether I have to dress Thomas differently due to the bulk of his nappy. On the whole, I don’t. That said, there are some brands that are decidedly slimmer than others and Thomas isn’t that small to begin with. The most useful thing I’ve found is vest extenders – if the nappy is compressed too much it can be prone to leak and obviously, vests have to go round a little more nappy. I don’t like to size up because this can mean sleeves are very long or the body broad – vest extenders solves this – and would generally just be a good idea for long babies too!

Extras

Sophie the Giraffe, Muslin, Hand sanitiser, snack and Burt's Bees lip balm

Finally, I like to keep a few extras in my changing bag that I could live without…but it’s nice to have them. All of these items can be improvised in different ways but it’s just a lot simpler to have them along!

I still think the Giraffe teether sounds more like a dog’s toy but it’s rare to see an Edinburgh baby without one and it seems to do it’s job!

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23 Comments

  1. February 14, 2016 / 9:54 am

    I’ve heard of reusable wet-wipes, but have never really seen them around, or maybe I just don’t look enough? I do love these whats-in-your-changing-bag or just bag-posts. It’s like snooping around in your girlfriend’s bag, isn’t it? Btw, also love the change of outfits of your little one. Do love stripes 🙂

    • February 14, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Stripes are the best! But maybe that’s because I like wearing them too 😀

      I love the reusable wet wipes and also have a box in our kitchen now of ones that are ‘minky’- super soft ones for cleaning up after meal times. I wouldn’t go back!

  2. February 14, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    First of all teach me your flatlay skills and secondly I love the gender neutral changing bag and it almost looks to nice to be a changing bag. Those wipes look great too!

    • February 14, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      I was a bit annoyed by the shadows in these flat lays! But honestly? Natural light from the biggest window I have, on a big of A1 white card, DSLR, standing up high to try and get directly over the objects (without casting a shadow) – then trying to get the background as white as possible by playing about with levels a little in apple photos. I’m still experimenting. Check my Instagram out to see some more flat lays I’ve been working on!

  3. February 14, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    I do not yet have kids so not yet ventured into the changing bag contents but lovely to read about what you have in yours. Loving the gender neutral items that you packed

    • February 14, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      I hadn’t thought about the gender neutral credentials of this one – but it’s often my aim so I’m glad you like them! Nice for the kids to have style even if I can’t all the time!

  4. February 14, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    My husband wishes we had a gender neutral bag! Mine normally has a fair few homeless raisins too x

    • February 14, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      My husband never complained – I was the one who thought it looked a bit daft. Ben (my step-son) often offers to carry the bag (which is lovely) but I didn’t really want to ruin his street red by lugging round a red longchamp!

  5. February 14, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I love the bag – not that there’s anything wrong with a changing bag that looks like one, but yours could be used for anything. Interesting to read about how reliable the reusable nappies are – I only ever used disposable with mine 🙂

    • February 14, 2016 / 8:19 pm

      As long as the fit is right I’ve found them to be very good in comparison. I’ve had far less outfit changes that I used to. The best difference for me has been on Thomas’ skin though. I put him in a disposable the other week at a friends house and it looked like he had been burnt round his legs. He obviously just has some kind of sensitivity to something in them!

  6. February 14, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I had all 3 kids with me today and managed to cram in something for each of them. My husband had to crack up when I produced a block of goats cheese though! We were out to lunch at a friends house and I had been worried that there would be too much that Katie couldn’t eat (no cow’s protein being one of her allergies)!

  7. February 14, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I’m looking forward to the day where I don’t need nappies anymore but can’t imagine I’ll ever go back to just having a clutch bag or something!

  8. February 14, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    It’s not the cheapest one (but not the worst either) and I bulk buy when I spot it on sale. It was amazing for when Katie used to get nappy rash and seems to keep it at bay for Thomas. Sophie the Giraffe is amazing but I know people have lost it’s squeak by putting it through the dishwasher etc. I’m wondering if I should do that for my sanity! xx

  9. February 15, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Ahhh the changing bag, I have not had to use one of these for over 12 months yet in May it will become my necessity again – must start checking these sorts of posts out. I have never heard of vest extenders they should like a a great idea!! Thanks for the tip 🙂

    • February 15, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      If you use real nappies or end up with a long baby – I’d say they’re a must. I have about 8 of them but could probably use a few more! xx

  10. February 15, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    i never heard of vest extenders.. i never used reusable nappy’s but love the idea of them x

    • February 15, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      I only started using them after a trial run by my local council. You might want to look up what’s available in your area. They’re really much easier going than I expected!

  11. February 15, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I seem to carry the whole house around with me too, even now he is 3 years old

  12. February 15, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I loved the Burts Baby Bees stuff when Pickle was a baby. I too still have a mammoth bag with everything imaginable inside for him now. Kaz x

    • February 15, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      I love Burts Baby Bee stuff – wish it was a little more affordable but I’m completely in love with the smell of their baby bubble bath! xx

  13. February 15, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Love the reusable nappies, would like to be brave enough to try them but not sure I am. The reusable wipes look great too!

    • February 16, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Definitely look up what’s available locally if you’re tempted – nothing to lose from a trial run! Disposable nappies are more convenient in some circumstances but reusable wipes are actually much easier to use and best of all – no struggle to get them out of the packet!

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