A stereotypical mummy-blogger post I know, but I find it intriguing the different bits and bobs different people have in their baby bags maybe because I’m super nosey, so I thought I’d share incase you are too.
When I went on mat-leave my super generous colleagues gave me a John Lewis voucher, which I used to purchase a baby-bag. I’d heard conflicting options from friends on whether to bother or not. Some telling me they are a complete waste of money and I should just buy a big bag for a fraction of the price and others telling me it was an absolute MUST. I decided to go with the latter (I don’t like to turn down a shopping opportunity…) and after much deliberation opted for Pacapod (originally I bought the larger Mirano but have now updated to the luxury leather Firenze) These bags come with two pods - one for changing and one for feeding to help keep you organised. These have been ideal. All your changing bits can be grabbed to run off to the nearest baby change when you are out and about - which itself has sections of all the essentials and a little draw string bag for any dirties you can’t dispose of.
Although the bag comes with a changing mat, it is only wipe clean and not machine washable, so I have upgraded to this pretty white and grey star option from The White Company which comes in a little drawstring bag too.
The feeding pod is insulated and comes with an insulating sleeve for bottles too. Although we are now past the milk during the day phase this pouch is really useful for keeping Sophie’s pack lunch and snacks in for a day out. I also always keep a fold-away-highchair from JoJo Maman Bebe in her incase we visit friends with no baby and therefore no high-chair too.
I’ve tried a range of bibs and if you are opting for anything even vaguely baby-led an full on sleeved apron is a must. Bumpkins have been my fave so far - a back tie preferable to velcro which loses its stick after a few too many times in the wash, and the elasticated cuffs stop them getting in the way for grabbing food. Thankfully(!) as well as some cute and colourful designs Bumpkins has also given a grey and white colour way option… phew! My Mum also bought this knowing my obsession for everything grey...
Another absolute essential are a huge muslin cloth - they can be used for just about everything - a burp cloth, to give shade, play mat, swaddle scarf for mum….. the options are endless. When I was pregnant, my sis bought me some more colourful versions from Boden as an experienced mum gift which I have added to with these grey and white starry patterned from aden + anais.
A handful of toys, favourite cuddly are also now also on my packing list - As Sophie is a bit of a chew-er this fun weather from como too which mimics little chewable fingers always keeps her busy when we are out and about.
Seasonal items (wooly hat/sunhat/gloves/sunglasses/suncream…. etc) and a cheeky change of cloths incase of any emergencies for Sophie also feature, but as I have lost my handbag I have also popped in a zip-up for all my bits with would otherwise get lost in the abyss and that I can grab to transfer to my actual handbag when I go to work etc. I love this Mama bag from The Grey Store - I’ll have to do another post about what I put in here….!
Shop the post
Changing Mat - The White Company Star Travel Changing Mat £29
Mama bag - The Grey Store £20
Teether - Como Tomo £7.23 Amazon
Pocket High Chair - JoJo Maman Bebe £16
Cuddly Dog - Jelly Cat Bashful Puppy £11 John Lewis