When I was pregnant, I used to always watch the ‘whats in my changing bag’ videos on Youtube & honestly I have always been curious as to what other people take out with them. When Alyssia was a newborn, I used to take the whole house & the kitchen sink with me (not literally) but it seriously felt like I was taking the world out with me every time. Babies need so much stuff, but when they grow up into toddlers the amount of ‘stuff’ gradually decreases (yay, finally..) We used to have a purple spotty changing bag and would fill it to the brim with nappies, wipes, milk bottles, milk pods, bibs, spare clothes, various creams etc (the list goes on) But now I don’t use a big changing bag, we have a little backpack for Alyssia which has her name on it. I don’t know anybody with the same spelling so I know she won’t ever get this bag mixed up with anybody else’s #winning. However I did see a post recently about how it is dangerous to have your child’s name on a bag due to stranger danger. I do understand this however Alyssia is only 17 months old and she obviously doesn’t go anywhere on her own, I am with her at all times and our case I don’t feel like it is dangerous at all.
I don’t use a handbag anymore and I haven’t done since I had my daughter in February last year, I use just the one bag and that bag is this personalised toddler bag from a lovely little Instagram shop called Little Sparrow. These bags are priced at around £15 and are amazing quality. It is bigger than I thought it would be and fits quite a lot in.
I pack Alyssia’s bag slightly differently depending on the weather and depending on where we are going but generally we take out the same type of things each day. Alyssia is 17 months old so we no longer take bottles of milk or anything as she only has 1 bottle at bedtime. She doesn’t yet go to nursery so I don’t need to worry that she has absolutely everything however it is always good to be prepared. As I said above, myself & Alyssia share her toddler bag and as it is quite big, it allows me to put my purse, keys, phone & sunglasses in the top. One thing I do always take out with me is her red book, I know it’s not something that you need and does take up some room in the bag but I have carried it round with me since she was born. I guess you never know when you might need it and if you suddenly get rushed to hospital, you’re going to need their red book. The items that I pack in Alyssia’s bag are:
- Nappies, wipes, nappy cream & nappy bags.
- Spare Clothes (usually leggings and a t-shirt)
- Cup of Water
- Lightweight Coat
- Teething Sachet (just incase)
- Spare dummy
Obviously it will change depending on where we are going and what the weather is like but Alyssia always has a coat in her bag and some spare clothes just in case, you don’t expect a nappy explosion at 17 months old but it happens – trust me and when it does, you will wish you had packed spare clothes. If we are going out for the evening, I will pack PJ’s rather than spare day clothes, that way I can just get her ready for bed before we get home & it makes my life a whole lot easier. I have been trying really hard recently not to give Alyssia a dummy as much in the day time as her speech & language has progressed so much when she doesn’t have it, however it is the one thing that settles her when she’s tired so I always make sure we have a spare dummy packed.