I love a good whats in my changing bag or toddler bag post. Theres nothing like having a virtual nose around in someone else’s bag baby bag, and since its been a while since I wrote my changing bag post I thought I’d do a bit of an update and share whats in Louis’s toddler bag. Thats right, we’ve graduated from baby changing bag to fully fledged toddler bag that the boy can carry all by himself (but doesnt obviously). Which means that my beautiful Mulberry changing bag that stylishly saw me through two babies will at some point be making a departure (sob).
Anyway, that’s a whole other post but whilst we’re on the topic of stylish bags can we just talk about Louis’s very sweet little cowboy Cath Kidston backpack. Honestly, I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy one of their teeny tiny backpacks for years. Ella was a little too big for them by the time I discovered them, but they are the perfect size for little toddler hands like Louis’s. If I’m honest you can’t fit loads in them, but you can fit just enough for the day to day which is exactly what we use it for.
Long gone is the changing bag and all the paraphernalia that came with it. This boy is an efficient little packer and only carriers around the bare essentials which fit perfectly in this little backpack, inside it you’ll find six things:
1. A spare set of clothes because this boy is super active and most days tends to need a change of clothes at some point throughout the day.
2. Nappies are always an essential. We always keep a few in Louis’s little backpack whenever we’re out and about.
3. Water Wipes are our fave and the only wipes we use during nappy changes. We only discovered them when we had Louis and havent used anything else since.
4. A tube of Bepanthen, one of our go to nappy creams which Louis still tends to use a couple of times a week, especially when he has teething flare ups which still happen from time to time. It has a lovely formulation, is gentle on his skin and protects against the causes of nappy rash.
5. A spare set of cutlery. I hate getting caught out without them when we’re out and about. There’s nothing worse than being in a restaurant that doesn’t have cutlery for children so I like to keep a set handy in Louis’s bag.
6. A toy. Luckily Louis doesn’t tend to have favourites so any toy will do. We’ve just found that it helps to have a toy or two in little ones bags when you’re out somewhere and expecting them to sit down nicely for considerable periods of time. We’ve been caught out without any once or twice and they’ve been pretty painful experiences so we try to keep a toy or two handy on us when we’re out and keeping them in toddler bags is a good way to make sure you always have at least one to hand.
I like to think that Louis is a light but efficient packer, although it may also have something to do with the rather limited size of his backpack. Either way it has the bare essentials that all toddler bags should have, along with maybe one or two other bits if little ones have favourites or things that they’re attached too. But I’d say this is a pretty good example of toddler bag essentials although if you have little ones of a similar age I’d love to know whats in theirs. Let me know in the comments below!
Disclosure; this is a collaborative post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.