What’s in your changing bag? // Rhia from Virtual Rhiality

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’m joined by the fabulous Rhia from Virtual Rhiality.

Hi Rhia! Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Hello, I’m Rhia: a 29 year old mummy to one gorgeous boy, Nico, born March 2010. My husband and I are both artists and all round creative types, living in West London, enjoying the adventures of parenthood. 

What an exciting household for Nico to grow up in!
So, what is your favourite thing about being a Mutti? 

My favourite thing would have to be Nico himself. It’s hard to explain. but since day one he has had this amazing character; I love to see it develop every day. He is a very gentle soul with great empathy. Oh, can I have two things? 
Go on then!
I love it when he just runs over and gives me a hug or a kiss for no reason, sometimes it feels as though my heart will burst!

Such a cutey!
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?

Exhausting, fun and heart-wrenchingly-amazingly-beautiful! Sorry, I cheated again.

Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self? 

Honestly? This is something I didn’t manage to do very well for probably years. I breastfed for 16 months without ever expressing, so we were literally attached at the hip/boob (we did start baby led weaning from 6 months), and while I loved it and am very proud, it was tough. Now though, I truly feel like I’m back with vengeance. The one way I manage this nowadays is with make-up. Pre-pregnancy I only ever wore make up when I went out for the night and even that was basic. Now, I have a 10 minute daily routine which makes me feel fresh (even on minimal sleep), and that 10 minutes spent on myself makes the world of difference.

Sounds perfect.
Ok, it’s business time! Firstly, what make is your changing bag?

Given that my boy is now older and we are mid-way through potty training, our changing bag and its contents have evolved a lot since the early days (I loved my Yummy Mummy Pink Lining bag). This bag was given to us by my big sister who knows that my boy loves monkeys (as do I). It is made by Skip*Hop. I love the pouch on the outside for a bottle, and the banana zips are so cute. It can hold so much it’s perfect for us, and Nico even loves to carry it himself sometimes.

That bag is amazing – I’m a bit obsessed with Skip*Hop… (They have a bee bag I want.)
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

1. Nappy paraphernalia. Nappies and pull-ups: potty training means carrying both at the moment. Wipes are self-explanatory. Weleda Calendula Nappy cream smells amazing, and is super gentle on sensitive skin. It comes in a squeezy tube, and I discovered it in Waitrose last year – LOVE!
2. A change of clothes, clean pants and socks, trousers and a t-shirt. It’s amazing how a little accident can mean an entire change of clothes!!
3. BabyAid Compact. A lovely little first aid kit with bare essentials: plasters, dressing, scissors, tape, gauze etc. My favourite things are the sticky thermometer hearts; I have used these in an emergency. I just wish I could find a stockist for replacements once these are used up. This kit even has a bit of spare room, so I keep Calpol sachets in there as well, and I used to have teething powders too.
4. Snacks!!! I try to have these on hand to prevent meltdowns, or in case we get stuck somewhere; a mixture of healthy and not-so-healthy snacks are necessary. Mini cheddars are Nico’s absolute favourite! At least they’re baked right?! Raisins are always good, a carton of juice, maybe some chocolate buttons, or a penguin biscuit… and then something fresh, like carrot sticks.
5. TOYS. Small – so we can fit in lots. Lots of little cars, trains and animals. I love those mini sets of books in a little case; Fireman Sam ones are favourite at the moment. Crayons and paper can entertain for a long time too.

Thanks for sharing the contents of your amazing monkey changing bag with us, Rhia. Your BabyAid Compact is so cute! You can find Rhia’s fabulous blog here. Rhia also tweets as @VirtualRhia

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