What’s in your changing bag? // Emily from My Petit Canard

Hello and 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! 

Today we’re chatting to lovely new Blogger Emily.

Hi Emily! Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a first time mum to a six month old little girl (I like to call her the little lady) who was born in July 2013 – just one day before Prince George! I love afternoon tea, teapots (I have a few too many) and pretty much all things tea. You might say, I’m a bit of a tea addict!

Fabulous – there’s nothing quite like a good cuppa!
What would you say is your favourite thing about being a Mama?
Introducing the little lady to all the different experiences and adventures that life has to offer. I love being able to show her new things, or take her to new places, or do new things. Everything is so new and so exciting, and I love that as a mummy, I’m one of the people that gets to join her on these exciting adventures of discovery. It’s such a joy to watch her develop and learn right before my very eyes. It’s such a privilege to be a mummy!

It really is wonderful isn’t it?
What three words would you use to describe Motherhood?
Constant, exhausting and rewarding.

Excellent choice!
What would you say is the hardest thing?
Knowing that there is no right or wrong way to do things. It’s a good thing, but it’s also hard because it means that you need to take the time to find your way, often through trial and error rather than following a rule book. 

How do you preserve/maintain your sense of self?
It sounds really silly, but unless I’m under the weather I like to make sure that I get dressed and ready each day just as I would if I were going out somewhere, even if I’m not. I’ve found that it really makes a difference to how I feel if I’m dressed and ready for the day, even if it is a day spent cleaning the house! 

I completely understand – I do the same – there’s just something about being out of your PJs that makes you feel better instantly.
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?
Don’t read into or listen to too much advice given by books, or friends and family, because what works for one baby may not work for another. It’s all about getting to know and understand your baby, their likes and dislikes, and what works for them. I read way too much baby literature when I became a new parent and it ended up stressing me out more than anything. I’ve learnt the hard way that it is much better to go with the flow.

Fabulous advice Emily! Thanks!
Ok, it’s business time: what make is your changing bag?
Mulberry Rosie baby bag

And what are the five items in your changing bag that you just can’t live without?

1. Sophie La Giraffe. Sophie has become one of our changing bag essentials. The little lady has been playing with her since she was around 3 months and she has quickly become one of her favourite toys. She’s great for keeping the little lady entertained at home or when we’re out and about, and she’s equally great for soothing sore gums. We love that Sophie is made from a natural rubber so we don’t have to worry about what the little lady is putting in her mouth, and the fact that she is washable as she is often dropped on the floor. I have a feeling that Sophie is going to be around for a while in our household!
2. L’Occitane hand cream. Since becoming a mummy I’ve found that I wash my hands a lot more frequently, which is great on the hygiene front, but not so good for my skin! Even though I’m terrible at remembering to use hand cream, I like to carry it around in my changing bag to remind me, and this L’Occitane hand cream is perfect – it’s lovely and thick, but not too greasy or heavy scented, which makes it ideal for mummies.
3. Muslin. I have been addicted to carrying around muslins pretty much since the little lady arrived! I find them so versatile and use them for anything and everything, for example; as a breastfeeding cover, as a cover when we’re out and for spit ups. I love this Mama and Papas one because of its pretty pattern and because it’s quite large, but I also have lots of lovely colourful rainbow muslins from Faye and Lou.
4. iPhone. I literally cant live without my iPhone. Even more so now that I’m a mummy blogger. I use it for everything – keeping up with Twitter and Pinterest, blogging, capturing a zillion snaps of the little lady and the obvious; keeping in touch with people.
5. ELC linky toys. I bought these on a bit of a whim when we were out shopping one day. They were one of the first toys that I bought for the little lady when I was desperate for her to start “doing” stuff, and they have lived in the changing bag pretty much since. Like Sophie, they are a great toy for keeping the little lady entertained where ever we are, and I particularly love that they can be sterilised!

Thanks for sharing the contents of your changing bag with us, Emily! I can’t wait to get my iPhone next month (eek!) and those linky toys look fab! 

Emily blogs at My Petit Canard and tweets as @MyPetitCanard.


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  1. 15th January 2014 / 9:46 pm

    Sophie is popular in our house too! Both boys have one (we had to write their names on them!) and I found those linky toys great for attaching rattles etc to car seats or buggys or highchairs.
    Also, you have a lovely change bag! Mine is just a free Boots one! (Boring enough that Daddy doesn’t mind carrying it!)
    Amy @2boys1mum

    • 17th January 2014 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks Amy 🙂 if you fancy featuring let me know xx

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