What’s in your changing bag? // Sophie from Franglaise Mummy

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 we’re back to normal with a crumb and ancient disposable camera-free post… and what better way to return to normal than with the very lovely and glamorous Sophie. 

Hi Sophie! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Sophie and my blog is Franglaise Mummy. I have two daughters: L is 6 and a half years old (December 2006) and C is 9 months old (November 2012). I am married to a Frenchman, my children are half French half English. I lived in France for 12 years following a degree in French and Spanish, which is why I call myself Franglaise Mummy. I blog about my personal experiences over the differences in being a mum in France and in the UK, as I had my first daughter in France and my second in the UK.

Intriguing – I’m sure there are many differences.
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
Where do I start? The cuddles, the laughs, watching them grow, learn and discover, the pride in their achievements. There are so many favourite things.

There really are so many fantastic things about being a parent.
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a Mutti?
Lack of time – whether you are a working mum or stay at home mum (I’ve done both), there are never enough hours in the day to do everything for your children.

Very true! I need an extra 5 hours in my day at the moment…
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Amazing, educational, tiring.

It certainly is educational!
Finally, how do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
Hubs and I give each other a “me” day regularly where one of us has the day off while the other one deals with the kids; taking them out of the house. Sometimes I’ll just have a bath and read a magazine, other times I’ll meet up with friends, go shopping etc, but the main thing is I become “Sophie” again for a few hours and not just “Mummy”. Of course I miss them like mad – absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that.

This is SUCH a fantastic idea!!
So, down to business; what make is your changing bag?

Babymoov (a good French brand!), which I can totally recommend as it’s roomy with the changing mat that hangs on the front for easy access.

Wow – it’s gorgeous! 
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

All the items are for C as L is too big now to need me to carry things for her – fortunately!

1. Cwtchie. When L was a baby she hunted down the labels on everything, so when I saw @OptforOptimism made these I had to have one (or two). This is the travel one and is lovely and soft with labels for C to suck.
2. Sophie the giraffe teething ring. No French baby can be without a handful of Sophie la Giraffe products, and this is our going out one as it’ll keep C happy for hours on end.
3. Washable nappies. When we had L in France I looked into the cost of washable nappies vs disposables; 7 years ago in France disposable nappies from 0-2 years old would have cost us 2000 Euro, whereas a set of washable nappies cost us 300 Euro, and we are using the same ones again for C now, which is all good for the environment too. Luckily the changing bag is pretty big as washable nappies are bulkier.
4. Doudou. Every French child has a doudou, so when we were in France last summer, and I was pregnant, L chose this doudou for her unborn baby brother/sister. We learnt our lesson with L and bought two of them, so this is the changing bag one, and she also has one in her cot.
5. Dummy holder. The changing bag has this little dummy holder which attaches to it so you can find it quickly and easily. C is actually more of a thumb-sucker, but this is handy for calming her down if she gets over-tired when we’re out.

Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Sophie! Cwtchies (we call them taggy blankets) are so handy – I love your one! I still haven’t given in and bought anything Sophie la Giraffe related yet, as she terrifies me, but Busby came across one on Sunday and really liked it… Sigh!

You can find Sophie’s blog here. Sophie also tweets as @FranglaiseMummy.

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  1. 13th August 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Oh goodness another brand of changing bags to google and have a love affair with! When will I find the one! I like all the items you have included that your little ones find comfort in.

    • 13th August 2013 / 6:11 pm

      Haha – I know Rhi – it’s dangerous doing this feature as I fall in love with bags on a weekly basis 😉 xx

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