I always knew babies came with a lot of stuff, but I was never really prepared properly until Henry arrived. Our hospital bags were filled to bursting just to see us through the delivery and bringing him home. Our newborn changing bag was also filled with odds and ends from the start.
Now some 8ish months on, we're a little more clued up on what we do and do not need on an outing, and Henry's needs have definitely changed, so I thought I'd write the "what's in my changing bag, edition 2". I've put this as 9 months plus, but really I think we've had this set up from about six months when we started Baby Led Weaning.
We've now switched on a more permanent basis to using a rucksack as our changing bag. It means more room in/on the pushchair, and hands free, plus it's super roomy. Mine is Accessorize - though I've been eyeing up a few embroidery or leopard prints one too to add to my collection (sorry Dann)!
So what's inside our new and improved changing bag?
Nappies/Wipes/Cream - of course these are still a must! We now put them inside IKEA food bags which can be moved between change bags, and being transparent we can easily restock. How we went over six months without this trick I'll never know!! We now use the bags for everything to make it easy to find what we need inside the bag!
Toys - we had a small assortment of toys, including teething rings and chews, and rattles, to keep Henry entertained. Again we keep these in the aforementioned food bags.
Bibs/spoons - the dribble is very real in our house, so we never leave the house without a spare dribble bib. As we are still weaning, and it can be pretty messy, I also always carry a wipeable bib too. I also keep a spare spoon or two with me, just in case. Plus they make a handy toy in an emergency.
Snack boxes - I fill these with an assortment of on the go snacks, like vegetable puffs or rice cakes, or pieces of fruit, so Henry has something to eat no matter where we decide to stop off.
Food bag clips - for the emergency bag of snacks I need to pack up, these clips help keep everything fresh, plus they're handy to have around.
Spare top/vest - I don't usually bother carrying around a full outfit anymore, but a spare top is helpful if lunch or dinner goes everywhere! Or the dribble increases more than I expected.
Spare formula milk - Force of habit to always have a spare formula milk with me. Though I am looking forward to the one year mark when we can say goodbye to Aptamil for a while.
Of course you'll also find the normal assortment of pens, lipstick, tissues and receipts too - because I am a girl after all!
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