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

Close Caboo DX+ Baby Carrier Review

We always knew we wanted to do some baby wearing with Gracie, and when she was small she was perfect for our Kanga Wrap. By the time she was 3 months old she weighed a whopping 16lbs and I was struggling to find a comfortable wearing position with her, in particular I found it slipped more for me than for mummy.

With this is mind I set out to find a carrier that support Gracie, my back, and that wouldn’t slip. After some research I settled upon the Close Caboo DX+. Despite being quite the mouthful, the DX+ offers several things that influenced my purchase. Firstly, the DX+ has a back support, a wide area where all the straps begin. These sits just lower that your shoulder blades and helps spread the weight.

Secondly it uses lots of clips. This may sound stupid, and it certainly can take a few attempts to get used to, but it does mean that Gracie is held securely in place. Owing to the clips Gracie doesn’t slip out of my comfortable carry position. While this does mean you have to readjust the caboo occasionally to account for growth, I think the positive outweighs the negative.

Finally the caboo offers slight padding for Gracie, as well as an adjustable headrest that can also be removed for newborns. This offers Gracie some form of protection, as well as providing her with a comfortable sitting position.

Bonus points for the carrier coming in an awesome rusty orange option that I just couldn’t resist.

The Caboo DX+ has mostly been used so far as a way to take Gracie into town, grocery shopping, and for wearing in Church. Despite hitting the 16lb mark, this Caboo is comfortable wear, and I’ve found that I quickly forget her weight once she’s settled.

Around the house the carrier has been useful fir getting small bits of housework done, although this tends to be a little awkward as Gracie does form a bit of a blind spot, especially when it comes to washing up.

The Caboo DX+ also offers other features, firstly it claims that it can be used for discreet breast feeding but as she’s bottle fed I cannot attest to the use. Finally the sling can also be used to carry your baby on your back, something I look forward to doing when Gracie is a little bigger.

So I absolutely love this carrier, it looks awesome, protects Gracie’s head and neck, and it makes her very easy and comfortable to carry. In short I’d highly recommend the Caboo DX+ to anyone looking fir a carrier for their larger baby.