As soon as you have a child, you realise that you will never leave the house again without a ton of crap. Now that H is nearly 2 I carry slightly less clothing changes than when he was a newborn, but that’s about it. I like to have everything with me ‘just in case’. I only carry his full baby bag if I am going out for a trip longer than 1 hour (if I am just popping to a class or to the local shops, I don’t bother).
I also have a separate cool bag with his food, drinks and snacks, he carries his water bottle by hand, and I have my own small handbag (nothing too big, and usually something I can wear over the body – at the moment I use the Mulberry Lily in Oak) where I keep my essentials like wallet and phone.
Here is my current bag arrangement:
I have so many baby bags! Primarily, I have a Babymel Satchel which is my staple because it isn’t too big and is very strong, and I have a Marc Jacobs Eliza baby bag which I like but expands a bit too much for my liking (the Babymel keeps it’s squarish shape better so is easier to carry around). I bought this brandless bag from eBay because I wanted more space than the Babymel, however I don’t recommend it – the zip has already broken!
Ok, so what’s in my bag?
In my bag I generally carry:
2 Spare undersuits
1 Short sleeved T-shirt
1 Long sleeved top
1 or 2 pairs of spare pants (H drinks a lot of water and leaks a LOT)
Spare shoes if he isn’t wearing any when we leave
4 nappies on average
Lightweight muslin sheet – it’s Turkish cotton, so soft and lovely
Pram Clips (from Jo Maman bebe)
A random toy – this time it was his Leappad letter writer, sometimes it’s his iPad or a book.
Emergency food just in case we lose/forget his food bag – his favourites are Ella’s Kitchen Tomato and Fennel Crackers, Organix Number Cookies and some a carton.
Pack of wipes
Also a Hat (not pictured! he had it on!)
Skincare and medicines
Weleda White Mallow Face Cream
Weleda White Mallow Nappy Cream
Sun Sense Toddler Lotion
Mini Gatsby Hair Wax
Carex Antibacterial Kids Gel
Carex Antibacterial Hand gel
Piriton (he seems to have hayfever but I try not to give it to him all the time)
Susan Posinick Brush on Block
Pouch with ear buds of different sizes and plasters
Japonesque Nail Scissors
Japonesque Crocodile Comb
Dettol Antiseptic Cream
Saline Nasal Drops
Olbas Oil (kids)
Syringe for medicines
Cool Forehead Pads
A few paracetemol sachets
Face Cloth (in a bear shape)
In H’s bag I carry a small pouch with my own emergency essentials too –
Packet of Gaviscon
Tampons (err…not much use now)
Jo Malone Mini Perfumes – Grapefruit & Pomegrante Noir
Ketchup Sachet (well you never know)
Decaf coffee sachet
Sephora Mini Deodorant