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 fellow Brighton Mama, Lauren.
Hi Lauren – what a gorgeous photo! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Lauren, a first time mum to Athena, born in June this year. I was a complete bookworm until she arrived; I’ve only managed about three books in as many months! I love to bake and cook, but alas my husband works mostly evenings so I don’t do it as much as I’d like! I cant wait until I can cook for Athena; cooking for one is no fun.
Weaning is great fun, if a little messy at times!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
Watching Athena develop; every day she has a new expression, and when she first smiled it was the most magical moment!
Beautiful – it really is wonderful, and I must say it keeps getting better!
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Amazing, rewarding, thrilling.
Great choice of words.
We’ve heard your favourite thing about being a Mutti – what would you say is the hardest thing?
Not knowing what’s wrong; I wish she could tell me what she wanted when she’s upset! As a first time mum I’m trying not to worry about every little thing, but its difficult!
It really is tricky!
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I attempt to have a hot bubble bath every other day, some time for me and a good book. However, often the husband brings the baby in to share the bath if she wakes up hungry so we can breastfeed, which is also lovely, but I don’t get much reading done! I also try and keep my nails painted, though fairly often they get smudged because she wakes up unexpectedly!
A bubble bath sounds good! Shame about the gate-crashing, but that will get easier as she gets older.
So the last question before we get down to business, if you could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all what would it be?
Use a muslin to cover your Moses basket sheet under baby’s head (but tucked in at the sides!), so if baby is a bit sick you can just change the muslin and not the whole sheet! Also don’t stick your finger down your baby’s nappy to see if they’ve pooped. This is how I discovered that first alarming poo in the hospital! Learnt my lesson…
Oh how beautiful – I bet that was a lovely surprise!
So Lauren, what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is not an actual changing bag, it’s an Anna Smith Owl print satchel. It has lots of pockets and does the job just perfectly, plus Athena has an owl themed nursery. I don’t need anything that has insulated pockets for bottles as I’m breastfeeding, and luckily we don’t go through too many nappies. It has a lovely bright pink lining too, and is made of wipe clean oil cloth material, bonus! I’m lucky that my husband would carry anything around, but it isn’t too girly anyway.
Oh my word – your bag is GORGEOUS!! I am in love!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
1. Anti-bacterial hand gel. For changing on the go, or for when public/cafe loos don’t have soap (biggest annoyance!)
2. Something to distract the baby with, at the moment it’s these Lamaze wrist doobreys…
3. Lip balm. I am never without one so on days when I don’t bother with a handbag I know I have one handy
4. Scissors. For cutting off the vests that there is no point in saving. When your baby only does a #2 every 5-6 days, when it does arrive, it really arrives!
5. Snacks! Normally I have a couple of cereal bars for on the go snacking.
Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Lauren! The scissors are a great idea whilst Baby is still too small to move lots, and I love the look of the Lamaze wrist toys!
Lauren blogs at Belle du Brighton and tweets as @belledubrighton.