What’s in your changing bag? // Lucia from My Little Acorns

Welcome to “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 Lucia from My Little Acorns. Lucia is one of my Twitter besties. So without further ado, here she is!
Hello there! Just wanted to say thank you to Hannah for including me in her “What’s in your changing bag?” feature, which is like the mummy equivalent of going through someone’s bathroom cupboard (which I’ve never done!)

Hi Lucia – my pleasure! Our bathroom cupboard is piled high with toilet roll and flash wipes… Nothing exciting to see there!
Anyway, back to “WiyCB?” Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a stay at home mama to two hairy boys: Bug born August 2010, and Llew born May 2012. I’m a cheese addict from Wales. I’m half Italian, and half English…but still consider myself to be Welsh! Work that one out.

Hoorah! A fellow cheese addict, and a (sort of) Welsh one at that!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
Since graduating, I’ve pretty much wandered from job to job retraining and never finding what it is that I’m destined to do. I always knew that I wanted to be a Mother, but I had no idea that finally I’d get that ‘completed’ and satisfied feeling I’d be longing for. This is the job I was born to do, and I love it!

I know the feeling well.
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mutti?
The hardest thing about becoming a Mummy is trying not to think about the ‘what if’s’. I’m a pretty chilled out person by nature, but I can sometimes consume myself with anxiety about the boys becoming seriously ill, having an accident or someone hurting them. My mum told me it never goes away, and her eldest baby is 40 and she still plays scenarios in her head that ‘perhaps he’s been in a car accident’ if he hasn’t called in a while . I think it’s something all mothers battle with when you love something so much.

It’s definitely tough – I live in a permanent state of worry so it hasn’t really changed much for me.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Emotional, exhausting, wonderful.

Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
It sounds a bit silly, but I find that looking after my skin makes me feel better. Painting my nails on occasion makes me feel ‘made up’, and making sure I shower every day makes me feel human…. It’s also the only place I can go in the house where I can’t hear the kids moaning. It’s the little things like that which help…I (sadly) don’t have the money to go on regular date nights or impromptu brunches with friends.

I don’t think it sounds silly at all – feeling fresh definitely makes you feel better.  
So, it’s business time; what make is your changing bag?
My handbag isn’t an actual baby changing bag, at the moment it’s just a super sized bag from Religion at asos. I do use the JJcole nappy pod though, which is big enough to fit a few nappies, wet wipes and a travel changing mat. I can pretty much fit this into any bag, which means that I’m not stuck to using the same nappy bag every time I go out. Although I miss the convenience of lots of pockets, I find that I get bored too easily, so will change my bag pretty often! The nappy pod gives me the freedom to do this, which is why it’s probably one of my best baby buys.

The nappy pod sounds like a fantastic product!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

1. Miniature CJ’s nappy balm. This stuff is amazing. You can also use it with cloth nappies (which we use at home). It’s cleared up eczema, and the boys dry cheeks when the heating’s on. There’s a whole host of lovely smells, but our favourite is Sweet Orange.
2. Anti-bacterial wipes. I found these in Sainsbury’s; they’re soft and smell lovely. I try not to over do it on the anti-bacterial, but on too many occasions I’ve been disgusted by the state of some baby high chairs. These are great at tidying them up without having to ask for a cloth.
3. Snack pod (filled with Cheerios!). Cheerios are a great snack and a great toy…they’re small and fiddly, and last longer than a biscuit. This little pod by OXO has been great as I can also fit a fig roll in there for an extra special treat!
4. Crayons. I used to go out with a selection of toys, but I quickly found that they would get thrown on the floor within a few minutes. Crayons can keep the Bug entertained for a good 20 minutes or more…just long enough for the food to arrive!
5. Carmex cherry lip balm. I was once told by an ex-boyfriend that once you’ve used Carmex, you will never use any other lip balm. He wasn’t often right, but on this occasion he was.

Thanks for sharing the secrets of your changing bag with us, Lucia. I’ll have to remember the crayons and cheerios for when Busby is a bit older!

You can find Lucia’s wonderful blog here (her boys are the cutest!). She also tweets as @mylittleacorns

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  1. 9th July 2013 / 10:14 am

    Oh I do love this lovely lot! 🙂

    LOVE the nappy pod! I have a similar one from Ruby & Ginger 🙂 x

  2. 9th July 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Thank you Hannah for including me was really fun writing it! x

    • 9th July 2013 / 9:31 pm

      My pleasure 🙂 thank you for taking part xxx

  3. Nat
    9th July 2013 / 9:34 pm

    Enjoyed reading this lucia x

  4. 9th July 2013 / 10:57 pm

    Crayons are just brilliant for keeping tiny people occupied – that and bubbles, there’s always a pot of bubble mixture lurking and leaking in the bottom of my bag!

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