Mum Bag MUST HAVES When Leaving the House with a Toddler
When I was pregnant I read so many different blogs about the 'perfect' changing bag and what I needed to pack, little did I know that I would spend hundreds of pounds and probably use it for a whole two weeks, tops.
There actually comes a point at around six months old that you don't bother taking your big clumpy changing bag out anymore, because you're past the honeymoon period of having the baby and everything being a novelty, you're passed needing to take massive lady pads out with you because you're still bleeding three months post birth, you're past that stage where you panic that you haven't got seven outfit changes just incase and you are at the point where you just want to get out of the house, so you stick a nappy and a pack of wipes into your handbag and hope for the best!
Then your baby hits one year and suddenly everything changes. Now, that cute bundle of joy that just sat in their car seat before and smiled at you, walks. runs. falls. gets VERY muddy, quickly and screams, loud and often.
So here is my rundown of ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES you need in your mum bag before you even consider leaving the house!
First off, the most important of them all is the iconic 'Mum Bag'. The holy grail of parenthood. The Mary Poppins bag that fits in everything including the kitchen sink (you probably need that too)
The trick is pockets. Pockets and compartments, make it so much easier to keep your bag organized, so you can find things in an emergency, like when your toddler is having a meltdown in aisle five.
My bag is from Jem+Bea, its actually made from a soft nylon – a material made from reclaimed fishing nets and certified by the GRS (Global Recycle Standard), so its completely sustainable, lightweight, waterproof and absolutely stunning! It has lots of compartments and pockets, including two zipper ones for added security (from the toddler).
Did you know it takes up to 500 years for one nappy to decompose?
We use washable nappies as much as possible, yes I'm a realist, I still have a bag of disposable nappies in the cupboard and the car for emergencies, but we try our best!
The Miosolo nappy is just as easy as a disposable, its simple, stylish and super soft, its also one size, so you don't have to keep buying more, they grow with your baby, from baby to toddler. The nappy comes apart really easily, making it quick to wash and dry and get back on again!
This recommendation comes from ALOT of research. I have been through so many different brands of wipes, from thin to thick, aloe vera to fragrance free, organic cotton to compostable. But none of them even compare to Water Wipes. Yes, they are slightly more expensive that other leading brands, but they are so strong and moist that I probably use one water wipe to six other branded wipes. They are also the only wipes that have no added chemicals, even others that say they are 99% water, they're not if you read the ingredients, so they're super soft on baby skin. So these will always be our number one choice of wipes.
An absolute necessity to keep your bits and bobs in, there is nothing worse than having to search the entire contents of your Mary Poppins bag to find the nappy cream, one handed whilst you have your toddlers legs up in the air mid nappy change!
Mine is, again, from the wonderful Jem+Bea, and also from their sustainable collection, made the same as the bag, from reclaimed fishing nets! It is strong and waterproof, and the inside is wipe clean, so no need to worry about any accidents. How cool is the 'baba' design too!
Travel Changing Mat
Whilst I'm still on Jem+Bea's high horse, the changing mat comes as part of the changing bag. These travel mats are absolute essentials, I don't think I've ever been anywhere with public changing facilities and found the changing table to be clean! I always have to get my sanitiser out! So these travel mats are perfect for when you have to use public changing facilities.