As promised in my previous changing bag post, here are the highlights of what I keep inside my trusty tote. I’m not talking nappies, muslins and baby wipes etc as I would hope these are already a given, but things that I didn’t know existed when I was pregnant, and have found to be invaluable since.
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These handy packs take up little space and weigh virtually nothing, but keep Caspar engaged just long enough for us to wolf down a coffee or quick meal when out and about. The fact the remnants cement themselves to his little hands and sleeves is the only sticking point (pun unapologetically intended).
Milton Antibacterial Wipes
These are brilliant for wiping over toys that have made contact with the floor, or sanitizing a surface you can’t guarantee is clean (this isn’t a comment on the cleanliness of local eateries – I find these most useful for after we’ve torn through a cafe. We are like a tiny, sticky tornado).
JoJo Maman Bebe Changing Pouch
I keep all nappy changing essentials in this handy pouch, so when we need to head to the Baby Change I can just grab everything I need with one hand.
Specifically, this tiny travel-sized pot. I got this in one of my free Bounty packs, and despite having used the original contents months ago, I now top it up from the full-sized tub as it’s just so much easier to pop in the bag.
Ikea Soft Book
Like every other sane person, before becoming a parent I sped through the baby & child section in Ikea faster than you can say ‘meatballs’. These days, I relish in their sweet, simple designs and affordable price tags – nearly every baby-populated household I go into has one of their highchairs.
Ring O Links
These are one of my best buys. You can use them to attach toys, teething rings etc to the pram or highchair, but they also provide entertainment on their own – Caspar enjoys manically shaking them together at any given opportunity.
Sophie Giraffe Harness
All new parents know about Sophie Giraffe and her natural gum soothing qualities, but not so many seem to know that you can buy a harness* to stop her making a quick dash to the floor every 5 seconds.
*Don’t worry – it’s not long enough to cause any safety concerns.
Cath Kidston Travel Bags
Available in a number of their iconic prints, these zip-up, waterproof bags are handy for holding anything you’d rather not come into contact with everything else (the less of which said, the better).
As always, I’m all ears to hear your recommendations!