What’s in your changing bag? // Rachel from Dreaming of the Country

Welcome to week 17 of “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 very lovely Rachel from Dreaming of the Country. I’ve recently discovered Rachel’s blog, and I must say that she takes absolutely stunning photos!

So Rachel, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m Rachel and I live in Wales. I’m a wife to a Vicar-in-training and a stay-at-home mum to my daughter Ivy, who was born in September 2012. When I’m not cleaning up or changing nappies I can normally be found out in the countryside; welly boots on and camera in hand. 

It’s all about the wellies – I love mine! 
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti to Ivy?

I love getting Ivy out of her cot in the morning or after a nap. Her face lights up, and her whole body wiggles with happiness when she sees me; it reminds me what a privilege it is to get to be with her every day, and watch her grow and develop.

What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mutti?
I’m still getting used to the fact you’re always on call as a mum, even if you’re bone tired, feeling ill or (dare I say it…?!) just can’t be bothered! It’s always going to be tough learning to sacrifice your own desires to put someone else first all the time, but we’re getting there. 

Oh… and the fact that I have baby food mashed into my kitchen floor most of the time. Ugh!

I can sympathise with that; we’ve just started weaning and it gets everywhere.
So, what three words would you use to describe the wonder that is Motherhood?
Joyful, exhausting, fulfilling.

Exhausting is always a popular choice. 
Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I try to make sure I get a bit of ‘me time’ every day to indulge in some of my hobbies like photography, blogging, reading, crafting or cooking. It’s also really important that I get out of the house and see people every day, or I can feel like I’m going mad!

It sounds like you have a fantastic balance there – and as I’ve said above, your photos are fabulous. 
So, it’s business time; what make is your changing bag?

My changing bag is from Koto and was brand new a couple of weeks ago (bought with vouchers – hooray for a bargain!). I’ve been using a cheap and boring black holdall since Ivy was born, so I’m still in the infatuated stage with this new bag – especially the beautiful yellow flower-patterned lining and many pockets!

What are the five items in your fabulous, new changing bag that you just can’t live without?
I’ll now hand over to my glamorous assistant Ivy who will show you some of the things in my changing bag:

As well as the normal nappies, wipes etc. We have…

1. A pashmina. Because a) I’m always cold, even when everyone else is wearing shorts and t-shirt! and b) it’s a useful cover for discreet breastfeeding in public.  
2. A stash of ziplock bags. I have discovered 101 uses for these bags since having a baby – from organising outfits when we’re travelling, to storing wet and dirty items when we’re out and about.
3. A fold-up shopping bag. In Wales we have to pay for our plastic bags in shops, so it’s always useful to have a spare bag handy for any spontaneous purchases!
4. Much chewed and well-loved floppy rabbit. Always useful for entertaining the baby.
5. A small camera. So that I can capture any exciting and memorable moments even when I haven’t got my DSLR with me. 

Thanks for sharing the secrets of your changing bag with us, Rachel. Ivy is so glam! The ziplock bags are a fab idea – I just use nappy bags! You can find Rachel’s beautiful blog here. Rachel also tweets as @TheNards.

If you fancy taking part in a future “What’s in your changing bag?” please email or tweet me!


    • 11th June 2013 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you 🙂 xx

  1. 11th June 2013 / 11:03 pm

    I love Rachel’s blog, and Ivy couldn’t be cuter. Rachel, I have BAG ENVY!!! I never had anything that stylish! I love it. You’re one Hot Mama with that bag 🙂 Great post.

    I don’t use a bag anymore, but I may have to stash some ziplock bags in the van. Great idea. I have shopping bags (the disposable plastic kind from Walmart) in there, but ziplock would be so handy. Thanks for the tip!

  2. 12th June 2013 / 7:44 am

    Agree with Amanda ^ I want a chic chocolate bag! The ziplocks idea is ingenious, one I’ll be borrowing as now I’m back at work its getting a bit stressy repacking for grandparents childminder and daddy!

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