ALWAYS re-pack your changing bag as soon as you return home from an outing.
You never know when you might need your changing bag in an emergency and not having nappies, wet wipes, snacks, etc. when needed can be a total disaster.
I learnt this the hard way when we had to take Miss NHM into hospital when she was a month old because she was vomiting blood. Turns out it was my blood, via breastfeeding.
However, we didn’t have enough nappies with us nor sterilised nipple shields, so it was an even more stressful experience!
Things I had/have in my changing bag
- Wet wipes
- A disposable changing mat (not very environmental friendly, but it means you don’t need a massive changing bag and I have back issues so can’t have a heavy bag. Plus, they “rarely” get dirty)
- Nappy bags
- Raisins in a small lock and lock tub (you can then refill these as and when. Or cheat and buy the raisin boxes but they are way more expensive)
- Organix gingerbreads and/or mini breadsticks
- Sun cream (Very small tube of sun cream for emergencies in winter/spring)
- Hat for Miss NHM (summer hat or woollen winter hat)
- Change of clothes (babygro up until 18 months)
- Small blank notepad (I got ours from Muji)
- Small pack of pencils or pens (if you are luck enough to eat at a restaurant, keep the ones the restaurant gives you for your little one!)
- Bottle of water
- Small bottles of bubbles
I now carry everything in a small rucksack. My back LOVES me.
- Nipple shields
- Made up milk powder
- Teething ring/toy
- Two extra pairs of trousers
- One pair of socks
- One extra top
- Several pairs of pants/knickers
If you are young DON’T overload your changing bag as your back will never forgive you when you are my age.
I’m positive that part of my back problem comes from having a massive handbag when I was younger!!