What’s in your changing bag? // Rachel from Three Years and Home

Hello! And welcome to this week’s “What’s in your changing bag?”; my weekly Tuesday feature where I ask one Yummy Mummy (or Daddy) to share the innermost secrets of their changing bag, and the five items they couldn’t possibly live without! 

This week I asked lovely Mummy of two Rachel from Three Years and Home “What’s in your changing bag?” 

So Rachel, tell us a little bit about yourself:
My name is Rachel, and I am mama to two gorgeous boys. CK was born in October 2010 and BB in January 2013. Both were born in Zurich, Switzerland, where I’ve been living with my husband, Paul, since 2006. We’ve loved living here but my heart still belongs to Wales, so we’re planning to move back home early next year.

They are both so cute!
What is your favourite thing about being a Mutti? 

It’s that time just before the boys fall asleep. When their eyelids get heavy and their breathing a little shallow. Cuddling them at that exact moment, well, there’s no better feeling in the world.

What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?

Heartwarming. Entertaining. Exhausting.

It’s very entertaining – we’ve pretty much given up on the TV in our house!
Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self? 

I shower, do my hair and pile on blusher and mascara every day (badly). This is not negotiable. Without this, I feel dreadful. Yes, some days I get straight back in to a clean pair of pjs afterwards but it’s a rare day that the power shower doesn’t wash my cares away.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes back into pjs after showering! 
So, lets get down to business! Firstly, your changing bag.
I’m a bit greedy when it comes to changing bags, and have two that I alternate between. I use the Sugarjack Gabi (pictured right) when it’s just me and the toddler, and we’re walking or travelling by tram. I use the PacaPod Coromandel (pictured left) when we’re out as a family and taking the pram – it comes with a little red cool bag and CK uses that as a rucksack for his snacks and drinks.

Oooooh, the Coromandel is my dream changing bag!
Enough drooling over bags… what are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

1. Nappies, wipes and hand sanitizer: All three go together. No one with children can ever set foot outside the house without these. Do so at your peril!

2. A change of clothes: Especially if you’re out for the day. Accidents happen and you can guarantee that they’re even more likely to do so if you haven’t got a spare outfit with you.

3. ID passes/permits: As expats in Switzerland, I have to carry our identity passes/permits and health insurance cards with us. I’ve never been asked to produce them except when collecting parcels at the post office but I still always have them to hand.

4. Hand cream and lip gloss: Yes, a little bit frivolous, I know, but I suffer from extremely dry hands and chapped lips. As we spend a lot of time outdoors, I always like to have these with me.

5. My mittens: This might be just an excuse to show off this lovely pair of gloves that my brother bought me for Christmas, but with temperatures regularly below zero at the moment, gloves are a must. That, and as we travel by tram a lot, they help with my public transport germ phobia.

Thanks for sharing the innermost secrets of your changing bag with us, Rachel. A few more than five items featured, but I’ll allow it as you have the bag of my dreams! You can find Rachel’s wonderful blog here. Rachel also tweets as @farfromhomemama.

Up next week: one of the kindest mummys’ I know! 
If you’d like to feature in a future “What’s in your changing bag?” please email or tweet me. 


  1. 12th March 2013 / 8:52 am

    Just discovered your blog and I love this little idea. 🙂


    • 12th March 2013 / 8:56 am

      Thank you 🙂

      And thank you for leaving your blog URL 🙂 I’ll check it out! xx

  2. 12th March 2013 / 9:26 am

    I can comment! Now you’ll be sick of me leaving you little messages 🙂 Thank you so much for featuring me and my slightly more than five items. I love bags and am hugely nosy so you’ve got me hooked with this feature. Thank you xx

    • 12th March 2013 / 9:28 am


      My pleasure 🙂 Thank you for taking part!

      And yay to comments! xx

  3. 12th March 2013 / 9:40 am

    Changing bag envy, I love the Sugarjack bags! Really good idea for a feature 🙂

    • 12th March 2013 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂 xx

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