What’s in your changing bag? // Claire from What Elsa Wears

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 the lovely Claire and her gorgeous (and very stylish) Little One, Elsa!

Hi Claire! What a beautiful photo! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself. 
Hi! I’m Claire, a first time Mummy to Elsa, born September 2012. At the moment I am a Mummy who doesn’t know if she is coming or going! I have recently returned to my ‘real’ job as an accountant part time, whilst also trying to make some pocket money selling lovely frilly things with my Itsy Bits Children’s Boutique and keep on top of my blog. I am certainly failing at the blog part!

Oh no! It’s really tough going back to work and trying to keep on top of things – especially blogging! There just aren’t enough hours in day…
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mutti?
Everything! Is that not specific enough? I love watching Elsa change and learn and I sometimes just cannot believe that we made this awesome human being. And obviously the baby fashion!

What would you say is the hardest thing?
Urgh! Where do I start with this one? The working mum guilt. The feeling of not wanting to leave her. The tiredness (mainly since going back to work!). Just the general worry over ‘am I doing this right?’. 

Very true – I’m feeling so much guilt at the moment.
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Manic, tiring, inspiring.

Manic’s a good one – we haven’t had that one before!
How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
I’m back at work 3 days a week now, where I try to avoid talking about Elsa. Work is about me and my skills, not about my baby and I don’t really want to share my baby fun with colleagues who are just asking out of politeness. I also make sure that I have regular nights out with the girls, although I am no longer able to dance until 4am!

Wonderful – especially the nights out!
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?
Never listen to unsolicited advice! Follow your instincts and if you need help, ask. But generally those who try to be helpful and give ‘advice’ without being asked are talking rubbish!

Very true!
It’s business time: what make is your changing bag?

My changing bag is a Mia Tui Sofia. This is a new changing bag, I had a Pink Lining for a year but wanted something a bit more ‘grown up’ that I can take to work with me. 

Ooh! It’s gorgeous! I love the colour!
What are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

1. Ruby & Ginger Nappy Purse. This fabulous nappy purse holds a couple of nappies, wipes and a changing mat so I just chuck it in my big bag and we are off. Handy if we are out with Daddy as I can just send him off to do a bum change with this little bag. 
2. Livie and Luca shoes. These normally don’t start out in my bag but they end up in there every day. Elsa likes to remove shoes and I don’t want to be losing one of these beauties so they are quickly put in the bag. 
3. Lucas Papaw Ointment. I discovered this amazing ointment whilst backpacking in Australia and it is handbag essential now. It can be used as a lipbalm, bum cream, eczema cream, pretty much anything you might need to use a cream / balm for. 
4. Katy the Cat. Elsa’s current favourite cuddly toy, this was an absolute bargain at just £2.00 from Primark. If we forget to take Katy out there can be an absolute meltdown. 
5. Faye & Lou Rainbow Muslins. Muslins are the most versatile things. Have a muslin with you and you can pretty much do anything! And these gorgeous rainbow muslins from Faye & Lou are soft, thick and wonderfully colourful. The best muslins around.

Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Claire! I love love looove the Livie and Luca shoes!!!

Claire blogs at What Elsa Wears and tweets as @WhatElsaWears.


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