My Changing Bag Essentials

Do you ever look at another parent’s changing bag and wonder at what marvellous things that they surely contain. Well here is your chance to have a sneaky look in what I’ve got in my bag! And unlike most people, I decided to forgo the typical messenger style bag, opting for a backpack. This allows me to wear the baby on the front, while also comfortably carrying the changing bag.

So without further ado, these are the things I carry about in my bag!

The Essentials

Changing Mat

I really doubt that there is a single changing bag on the market that doesn’t come with some sort of changing mat. These tend to be thin, lightweight and waterproof, so obviously the first thing I did was take that out and put in my own, soft, not waterproof, and rather chunky.

Personally I love the Close Pop-In Change & Go which is wonderfully soft and warm for Gracie. The whole thing rolls up nicely and fits neatly into one of the stretchy pockets in the back of the bag. It even has a handy pocket that will hold your reusable wipes, or nappy sacks if that’s your jam.

Nappy Wet Bags

If you are using reusable nappies then at some point you are going to be out and about and your baby is going to need a change, and while you can easily throw away disposables you cannot do that for cloth nappies.

I rock a couple of Tots Bots Waterproof Nappy Bags. These things are excellent, they can be folded down so when not in use they take up practically no space, they hold roughly three or four nappies, and once your done just tip the contents out, turn them inside out and shove them in the pail along with your dirty nappies. Eventually you can toss them in the wash together and then they are ready to be used again.

Reusable Nappies

While I am happy to use any nappies from my stash, there are certainly a few that I prefer to pack in the bag. I typically pack a Close Pop-In Nappy, an Alva Pocket Nappy or a Smartie Pants Pocket Nappy. I favour these because they fasten tightly, and I don’t usually have leakage problem with these nappies.

Reusable Wipes

If you are using reusable nappies, then you might as well use reusable wipes. Once used they go in the wash with the nappies. I use Cheeky Wipes, just grab them out of the wet box, and pop them in the waterproof travel bag your good to go.

The Little Bits

  • I also pack small bottle of hand sanitizer just in case my hands get mucky
  • A small Sophie la Girafe teething toy
  • Muslins
  • Emergency wet-wipes & nappy sacks
  • Change of Clothes
  • Milton Wipes just in case she throws her dummy on the floor

The Extra Stuff

Typically these bits are for me, and get thrown into the bag if I have enough room!

  • My Tablet
    • If I know I am going to be out for a while, or if I am going to go to a coffee shop etc. I pack my tablet just in case I can get in some blogging/writing
  • Glass Bottle/Coffee Cup
    • In my attempts to be green I have started packing my reusable coffee cup in case I get desperate for caffeine, and I pack myself a drink in my glass bottle
  • A reusable shopping bag
    • Just in case I need to pick up some bits or bobs, plus one of the main reasons I go into town is to the visit the butchers or green grocers

Baby Box Review

We love absolutely everything scandibaby (Scandinavian Baby) here. This love goes beyond the love of neutral pastel pallets, and animal prints. One of the ideas practiced in Scandinavia and Finland is that of the Baby Box, a rigid cardboard box with a mattress on the bottom that functions as a tiny cot for newborns.

The Baby Box Company

While there are many companies that sell these sorts of things, we eventually settled on the one offered by The Baby Box Company. They offered several boxes in different price ranges, while the boxes were all the same, what differed was the items that came in addition to the box.

The Classic Box

We purchased the classic box which came with the following items:

  • The box in a fun fox pattern
  • The mattress
  • A waterproof cover and fitted sheet
  • A muslin and wash cloth
  • A sleeping bag
  • A pair of socks and scratch mittens
  • An oral thermometer
  • A newborn cap
  • A £25 gift voucher for their store

When we purchased the box it came to just under £80 plus shipping from the US. While we cannot remember how long it took to ship, it did take a little while so its worth investing in early.

We used a shaped swaddle when Gracie was a newborn, and used the sleeping bag later

What we liked:

There is something very reassuring about using the baby box. Knowing that you are using a product that is given out to parents in Finland, and something that’s been trialled in Scotland filled us with confidence. The box itself feels well made and strong, and is extremely flexible in where you can put it in your house. The mattress fit snuggly, and seemed in line softness-wise as other baby products.

Ultimately the best selling point of the box is the links to reduced levels of SIDS. The box provides a baby with somewhere safe to sleep, supposedly up to five or six months. We certainly think that the box helped Gracie settle in to a routine, and gave us peace of mind.

What we didn’t like:

We liked the products that were also included in the box, however they are the sort of basic items that most parents quickly gain a surplus of and they get lost in the mix. Likewise a £25 gift voucher is great, but at the time we purchased the box there was very little that we wanted to buy, although after a cursory glance at their store page this has since changed.

The other issue we faced was how quickly she seemed to outgrow it. Since birth Gracie has hovered around the 90th percentile, and she enjoys the ability to move her arms around in her sleep. As a result she was soon knocking her hands on the side of box which was disturbing her sleep.

In conclusion…

The Baby Box Company classic box is a fantastic product that ultimately didn’t seem to work for us. Whether this is down to Gracie’s growth rate, or the fact that we have dogs that meant it limited the locations we could use the box we’re not sure. It does mean however that for the price we would be hesitant to recommend the product as it is no small amount of money for a product that ultimately might not be suitable for everyone’s circumstances.

Regardless of this, should we end up having a second baby we would certainly use this box again.