What’s in your changing bag? // Millie from Toddles and Tantrums

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 lovely Millie from Toddles and Tantrums

So Millie, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Millie, a first time mum to Evan who was born 6 weeks prematurely in October 2010. He’s 2 and 1/2 going on 10! We live in Bristol, on the same street as my brother-in-law who is my husbands identical twin brother! He lives there with his wife and 3 children.

How lovely to have family so close – I bet that’s handy for babysitting!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
It would have to be those moments when Evan truly surprises me. This could be seeing the utter joy on his face when he hears music and dances along, or when he’s sat in the bath singing the songs he has learnt at nursery, or on the weekends, when he wakes up in his room and shouts “Mummmmmmmmmmmmy, I love you”!

Super cute!
So, we’ve found out your favourite thing about being a Mutti, but what would you say is the hardest thing?
The hardest thing for me is managing my own expectations. I expect everything to be perfect, and I put too much pressure on myself to make sure I am the best for Evan at all times. Whether that’s lots of craft, lots of stimulating play, or being out and about visiting friends and places of interest. I have to remind myself that sometimes he just wants to be at home; he gets so much pleasure from simple things like helping me load the washing machine, or doing the washing up.

You’ve got a little worker on your hands – I’d continue encouraging the washing up! (I hate washing up!)
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Exhausting, rewarding and full of fun: there’s never a dull moment!

Very true – dull moments are few and far between as a parent.
Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I work part time 3 days a week and Evan goes to nursery. We both find this balance a really works for us. Evan LOVES nursery, but he loves his “mummy days”, and I love spending a balanced amount of time being Professional Millie and Mummy Millie. My lovely husband is very supportive of ‘me’ time, and takes over bath time twice a week so I can go to Zumba. I also get Saturday mornings in bed to read (or doze) – a simple pleasure that I truly relish. 

A Saturday morning doze sounds divine. You seem to have a fantastic balance!
Ok, it’s business time: what make is your changing bag?

It’s an EASTPAK rucksack; I bought it the day I found out I was pregnant with Evan from a market in London. We had ICSI/IVF to conceive and went back to our clinic in London to find out the result, we spent a lovely afternoon wondering around Convent Garden smiling because we had a special little secret only we knew about. I bought the bag that afternoon – it only seemed right that it became “Evans bag”, and we’ve used it from the time he was born to store his things. And besides, there’s no way my husband would carry a proper nappy bag!! 

What a gorgeous story behind your bag!
Ok, so I’m dying to know – what are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

1. Nappies & Wipes. We haven’t tackled potty training yet! Evan is developmentally still a bit behind on this, so we’ll wait until the summer comes before we start.

2. Juice Bottle. I’ve never known a child drink so much! Evan can get through 4 re-fills of this bottle, we give him diluted OJ in it. It’s a great bottle; it keeps the diluted juice cool, and has a snazzy little flip lid so it doesn’t leak.
3. Change of clothes. We always keep spare clothes with us in case of any food related accidents. He’s picked up our OCD with keeping clean I’m afraid. Any sign of a mess and he wants to change. Oops!
4. Books. We spend a lot of time out and about, and often stop for lunch somewhere. I find having these little books on hand keeps our little man busy while we wait for food, and it’s a great way to teach him the basics!
5. Carmex for Mummy! All this cold weather recently has caused havoc with my face and lips, so always have this in the bag for me!

Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Millie. I don’t think having a tidy child is a bad thing! You can find Millie’s wonderful blog here. Millie also tweets as @MillieBooLewis.


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  1. 7th May 2013 / 4:21 pm

    Working 3 days a week is great, I love getting excited to see rio at the end of the day and running down the garden path!! 🙂 what a lovely story behind the bag x

    • 7th May 2013 / 6:29 pm

      Bless you 🙂 I’m dreading going back to work… but will probably be going back for 3 days too xx

  2. 8th May 2013 / 8:22 am

    Naaaaw thanks Victoriaaa xx Yeah I love the balance of working 3 days – works great for us!

    Hannah – I’ve voted xx

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