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 lovely new Blogger, Sarah!
Hi Sarah – great photo! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Sarah. I live in Fife, Scotland (although I’m originally from Blackpool) with my husband Barry and son Toby who was born in July this year. My life has changed massively in recent years – three and a half years ago I was single and working as a mortgage administrator for one of the major high street banks. Since then I have become a Modern Languages teacher, met the man who was to become my husband, bought a house with him, got married and had a baby! It’s been a busy few years.
Wow! You’ve moved very quickly! What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mama?
I love that I grew a whole human being, and I get to see him grow and develop every day. That, and the lovely smiles I get from Toby.
Mind-boggling isn’t it? What would you say is the hardest thing?
That everything is new. It’s so hard to know what the ‘right’ thing to do is. I think it might be harder for us than it was for our parents’ generation – we have so much information at our fingertips, which in some ways is great, but it’s so easy to be overwhelmed by different advice and opinions. Google doesn’t always have the answer!
Very true. What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Harder than expected!
Yes! Much! How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
This is a tricky one – we’ve been lucky that Toby is a great sleeper (or has been until recently!) so our evenings are pretty much like they were before he was born. My husband and I always eat dinner together, then spend the evening chatting and watching TV so we manage to maintain our relationship as a couple as well as parents.
Fab! So the last question, before we find out about your changing bag; if you could share one piece of Motherhoodly wisdom with us all what would it be?
Do what feels right for you, not what the books or other people say you ‘should’ do. For example, we moved Toby into his own room when he was six weeks old because he was such a noisy sleeper. It also meant we weren’t disturbing him either and everyone got a better night’s sleep.
Excellent advice Sarah – thanks! It’s business time: what make is your changing bag?
My changing bag is from Mamas and Papas. It matches our Sola travel system. I liked the denim effect – it’s quite unisex, something a bit different and it doesn’t show up the dirt! I wasn’t intending on being so matchy with my bag and buggy but when I saw the bag I really liked it. It’s a great size and it has lots of pockets so I can find things inside. Ooh I love it! What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?
I’ve cheated a bit – some of my five things are more ‘groups of things’ rather than individual items!
1. Nappy changing kit. We use cloth nappies, which does mean a bit more space is required in my changing bag. I use the green Little Lambs wet bag to keep a clean nappy or two, our Cheeky Wipes washable baby wipes and usually a muslin and some Sudocrem. The stripy wet bag is then used to store any dirty nappies and wipes until we get home. That one zips up so it keeps any wetness or smells inside!
2. Muslins. I always have a few in my changing bag for burping and mopping up Toby’s very dribbly face. I love my Rainbow Muslins from Faye & Lou – they’re so much more pleasant to use than grotty white ones.
3. Spare outfit. I have a spare vest and romper in my bag but I have never needed to use them. Cloth nappies are really great at containing anything that comes their way! In fact I think this romper suit has been in my bag so long that it probably doesn’t even fit Toby any more. I know the day I stop carrying spare clothes though is the day we are guaranteed to need them!
4. Canvas shopping bag. I like to avoid using plastic bags whenever I can, so I keep this shopping bag handy for when we’re out and about.
5. Gloves, headband and Vaseline. These are the few things in the bag that are for me. We go out for a walk most days and it’s been freezing up here in Scotland the last few weeks. The headband isn’t exactly high fashion but it keeps my ears warm, and Vaseline because I always get really dry lips which are worse out in the cold and wind.