I’m a fan of stylish changing bags. The one’s that look good with most outfits, hang pretty on your arm and look chic on your buggy.
However, it did feel naughty splurging £180 on a luxury leather changing bag when my first child was born. At 34 weeks pregnant buying nice “presents” for myself wasn’t essential (there were far more sensible things for the baby to buy). However, this bag was about to become the staple of my new mum life. To be carried everywhere, every day, so I needed a hot piece of arm candy. (I have used it everyday for 2 years and 3 months to date. Well worth the cash!)
So here I am second time around with baby No 2 and fortunate again to have found a dream changing bag. The PacaPod Prescott. A sleek, black satchel that not only looks good but is practical too.
Seriously, it’s like a tardis, you can carry mountains of stuff, really easily. There are compartments for everything. On the front there are two very large pockets for all your mummy related things, including a hidden padded area for a laptop. There are smaller pockets for keys, phone, makeup etc.
At the back there are two pods – a black one for feeding and a grey one for changing. Each can be removed and carried separately or attached to your buggy with straps provided. There is also a changing mat, nappy bag and bottle warmer/cooler included. I must admit… I’m a little bit in love with it.
Even my husband really likes it. He’s happy to carry it when we’re out and even tried to convince me at the beginning to give it to him, as a “man” bag. Pah, as if! It is very stylish and unisex though.
So what do I carry in my changing bag?
The baby changing essentials:
- Nappies – I use Pampers Baby Dry, one for every hour you are planning to be out is a good estimate
- Nappy bags – I always buy these from Tesco, they a bit pricer than others but I dislike the really flimsy, cheap ones (too see-through when you’re dealing with a poop explosion).
- Wipes – I use Pampers Sensitive, they have a nice, soft feel and smell good. Also very delicate for sensitive newborn bottoms. Good for getting messes off mummy’s clothes too.
- Anti bacterial hand gel – very needed at times!
- Hand cream – I have Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir – nice to apply straight after a nappy change to make you smell / feel fresh 🙂
The newborn feeding essentials:
- Dribble bibs – these aren’t as essential at the start, unless you are bottle feeding. However, even when breastfeeding I found them useful during teething/ dribbling days. These are from Next.
- Breastfeeding snacks – Nutrimum cereal bars are brilliant when you need to leave the house quickly and forget to have breakfast/ lunch. They taste great, are full of nutrients (folic acid, vitamin D, iron) and actually fill you up.
- Other snacks – as a new mum you’ll eat a lot of cake, however, for a quick sugar fix I carry sweet & salty Propercorn in my bag.
- Teething powder – after researching lots of different teething solutions with my first baby I found herbal medicine Ashton & Parsons the best. I’ve used it ever since.
As your baby grows this pod is great for storing bottles. It’s insulated to keep food/drinks hot or cold. Also plenty of space for small tupperware and food cartons.
One thing I really like about this changing bag is the amount of room at the front for my belongings. OK, not my full make-up bag, but enough for some essentials and luxuries.
- A changing mat (folds neatly in it’s built-in pocket)
- Muslin – I can’t rave enough about these Boden Super Size Muslins. Brilliant for breastfeeding as they’re big enough to discreetly cover you and baby. Great for sunny days, to be used as a sun-shiled over the top of your buggy, also perfect as a blanket for the park/ crawling around on.
- Mascara – at the moment I’m wearing Benefit They’re Real to add extra length to my weary, tired eyes.
- YSL Touche Eclat – every new mum’s make-up weapon of choice. Anything to try and conceal those sleep-deprived, dark eye circles.
- Teething toy – all babies love chewing on the cute Sophie La Girafe. Her squeak makes it a fun toy to play with too.
- Change of clothes – Always carry a clean outfit as nappy explosions can happen at any moment. I love these baby rompers / baby grow from Jo Jo Maman Bebe
- (as above)
- Eye cream – I use Magic Eye Rescue by Charlotte Tilbury which is anti-aging and hydrating. It’s really soothing and smells great.
- Spare pair of socks – at the moment my son is wearing these Converse Bootie Socks
- Eye liner – for ease when I’m out I use Models Co eye liner, simply because it has a built-in sharpener
- Purse – pretty self explanatory my everyday one is this from Dune.
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – a staple in my makeup bag for hands, nails, lips etc.
- Bronzer – I use YSL Les Sahariennes even if I don’t have time for make-up this bronzer with a coat of mascara is a must.
- Relaxing Lavender Sleep Mist – for the odd occasion you go to someone’s house and they offer to babysit for an hour while you sneak off for a sleep. Spray on pillow and nod off 🙂
I love reading what everyone carries in their changing bags probably because I’m really nosey 😉
Do you think I’m missed out anything essential? If so, please let me know in the comment below. What do you carry in your bag?
*This post was sponsored by PacaPod – all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own and 100% honest*