What’s In My Changing Bag?

My Petit Canard Changing Bag

It’s been strange to get the changing bag back out of storage after two years since using it with the little lady. I remember when we were first looking for changing bags back then. I specifically wanted one that looked as much like a handbag as possible and was really excited when I finally found this beautiful Mulberry one. It has a really simple but classic Mulberry look and feel, and looks more like a handbag or small travel bag than a changing bag which I love. Three years down the line it still looks fashionable and I love it as much as I did then so I decided to keep it rather than get a new one.

Becoming a parent for the second time is definitely easier in some respects and harder in others. One of the benefits is the knowledge and experience you have from the first time round. I’ve definitely learnt what types of products I do and don’t actually need for a newborn which means my changing bag is a lot lighter and slightly less cluttered this time round. So whats in my changing bag as a second time mum? Here are my essentials that are always packed and ready to go!

Pampers Newborn Nappies

Our nappy of choice both first and second time round has been Pampers. We only tried one other brand the first time round but didn’t like them as much as Pampers. Second time round we’ve decided to use the same brand with the view that if it’s not broken don’t fix it! That said, I have read some great reviews for some of the supermarket brand of nappies so I could probably be tempted to give some of these a go this time round.

Sudocrem Care and Protect

This wasnt around when we had the little lady, and she suffered terribly from nappy rash in the first year so I wish it had been as we would have definitely have used it. The first time round we switched between Sudocrem, Bepanthen and Metanium which were all great and worked for the little lady, but I was really keen to give Sudocrem Care and Protect a go having read great reviews on it from other bloggers. So far I’m really impressed with the product. I love the delicate lavender smell and the light consistency which really does make it feel more like an everyday product, and so far this is the only nappy cream in our bag and at home.

Water Wipes

Water Wipes are also a product that weren’t around when the little lady was a newborn, and again its a product that I wish was. I decided to give these a go when I noticed that these had become the go to wipes for newborns. So many other bloggers packed them in their hospital bags and had said great things about using them for newborns and those first meconium poos which are so hard to clean up with cotton wool. This in addition to the fact that the water content in them is so high and they are chemical free I just had to try them, and since I have I have been converted. They may be a little on the pricy side but they are totally worth it!

Fragranced Nappy Sacks

We don’t tend to use nappy sacks at home, but they are definitely handy when out and about, and especially when you are at someone else’s house. I usually have a handful of fragranced nappy sacks in the changing bag for nappy changes and also find these useful to have as the little ones get older for potty training accidents or if they are ever sick in the car.


Muslins are one of my all time favourite baby products. They are so useful and have a multitude of uses beyond the obvious burp cloth. Again I like to have a couple of muslins on hand at any time and usually have at least two in the changing bag. Some of the ways that I might use a muslin could be as a breastfeeding cover or as a light blanket, a temporary sun or rain cover or for impromptu nappy changes.

Medela PureLan

In the early days of breastfeeding a tube of Medela PureLan comes in handy. It’s a small but powerful tube that really does the job. A little bit goes a really long way and I’d recommend this to any new breastfeeding mums. I didn’t know about the power of lanolin the first time round when I was breastfeeding and wish I did as it would have made such a difference to those sore and painful first few weeks.

Spare Baby Clothes

Any new or experienced mum will know that its essential to have a few spare clothes changes for the little one as you’re bound to have a nappy or baby sick incident when you’re out and about. I like to have at least two changes of clothes, if not slightly more and will usually make sure that I have options for different weather types too, especially at the moment with our unpredictable so called “summer” weather.

Milton Antibacterial Wipes

As a first time mum I was incredibly diligent with the antibacterial wipes and hand hygiene gel, but I have to admit that I have been much less so the second time around. I expect this is probably pretty normal for second babies, particularly when you have messy, sticky toddlers too. So whilst I’m not wiping up every surface around us, I do have a pack of Milton Antibacterial Wipes in the changing bag for when we’re out and about and encounter those changing tables or surfaces that are looking less than desirable!

Baby Blanket

I like to keep a baby blanket in the bottom of the changing bag for when it’s needed. At the moment in the warm-ish weather that we have a muslin is usually sufficient, but when it starts to get a bit cooler, or if we’re out at night time I like to have a blanket to make sure the little one is warm in his car seat or pushchair.

Baby’s Red Book

Baby’s red book pretty much lives in the changing bag all of the time. Its one of those things that is good to always have on you, and having a bigger bag than usual makes it easy to carry it around. That way its one less thing to think of, or remember to pick up for appointments or find when you’re in a rush and need it.

So that’s whats in my changing bag beyond the obvious every day things that I need like my keys, purse and iPhone. What are your changing bag essentials?

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  1. July 18, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Sounds like you have it all ready for the little one. I used to bring epaderm cream on my changing bag before because both my kids suffered from Eczema and they can flare up anytime unexpectedly. #MarvMondays
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  2. July 18, 2016 / 7:58 am

    I LOVE your changing bag, gorgeous! It’s a shame mine are too old for me to need a one now! x #MarvMondays
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  3. July 18, 2016 / 8:33 am

    I’m with you on all of these items – absolutely essential! I always have Milton wipes with me too – they are a god send. Now I just need the Mulberry bag….. !!! #bagenvy xx Thanks for hosting xx #MarvMondays

  4. July 18, 2016 / 8:54 am

    I should really try to remember to put a spare top for myself in my changing bag but I always forget… Muslins are a must for me this time around but never really used them with my first baby. #MarvMondays

  5. July 18, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Very organised! Love the bag 🙂 I can’t believe I don’t have a changing bag anymore – feels quite odd seeing as I used to carry a HUGE one around!! Nice to have a small handbag once more without raisins at the bottom ! xx


  6. July 18, 2016 / 11:11 am

    And a very stylish bag it looks too! Sounds like you’ve got everything covered X #MarvMondays

  7. July 18, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Sounds very similar to whats in my bag! Except these days I also have started carry a few toys since he’s nearly 5 months old #marvmondays

  8. July 18, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I can’t believe you have a Mulberry changing bag. I am seriously jealous! My changing bag is full of much the same but always seems to weigh a tonne for some reason. Muslins, nappies and wipes are my absolute essentials…and after a meltdown recently, an emergency bottle and ready made bottle of milk! Thanks for hosting as always #marvmondays

  9. Lou
    July 18, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    This brings back happy memories of preparing and getting sorted! Can’t believe mulberry do a bag- I don’t remember that 9 years ago- wow!! Cath Kidston was the thing then- makes me feel old! Thanks for hosting #marvmondays Lou at http://www.peppermintcove.com
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  10. July 18, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Your changing bag is gorgeous. I must say I haven’t got ours out yet, I’ve been using my normal handbag and shoving all the baby stuff in a canvas shoulder bag. You’re right though, definitely carrying less around with a second baby! X
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  11. July 18, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Oh wow…..that changing bag…..must have cost a bomb! Some great staples included in the changing bag! Thanks for hosting #marvmondays
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  12. July 19, 2016 / 5:31 am

    Oh I miss these days. I’m at the tail end now and just carry around drinks, Muslim and a few nappies and wipes but do weirdly miss those days of a heavy changing bag and packing for the end of the world. I’m tempted to change to a back pack now but I’m slightly clinging on to the old bag as a sign my kids are still little. Sad huh?! #KCACOLS
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  13. July 20, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Your changing bag is beautiful! Oh my goodness! but you definitely covered all the items #bestandworst

  14. July 20, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    I love the bag!! I had a Yummy Mummy one…ha! Not like a hand bag in the slightest 🙂 It’s lovely. Bet it is weird going back again. We were sold by supermarket nappies plus hubby is tight – so Aldi here we come again. It’s a great idea having the red book in the bag all the time. The amount of times I have forgotten it #badmummy. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst
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  15. July 20, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    I’m a sucker for these posts and I don’t even have a baby anymore (sob!) although saying that I’m sure my handbag is more a child’s toy bag than anything else these days! Beautiful bag by the way. #bestandworst
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  16. July 21, 2016 / 7:43 am

    Lovely post and interesting to know about the new Sudocrem product as I have always sworn by Metanium as Sudocrem was a bit drying. Thanks for hosting #marvmondays xx

  17. July 21, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I’ve many of these things in my bag too. Just double the amount. #MarvMondays
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  18. July 22, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Fab list, and what a lovely change bag! Now my daughter is 2 we’ve done away with the change bag and I just pop a few essentials in my handbag. But when I did still use the change bag it used to be so full! I always had snacks for me and the children in there, as well as all the things you’ve mentioned in your post. x #KCACOLS
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  19. July 22, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Congratulations lovely 🙂 – sorry but late but it’s occured to me I’ve not congratulated you yet! Omg I am having kittens over the mulberry changing bag!! I had no idea! So much do I’ve just googled to see if they still do them ( I can’t find them – sob!!) how did I not spot this first time round! Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays xx
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  20. July 22, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Oh my goodness I think have to do the walk of shame. You got the changing bag ‘out of storage’? I used mine for 6 years straight lol. I admire you! Mine was so full of clutter it was ridic but that’s a character trait as I also had the most stuffed handbag until recently (and yes I blogged about my crazy mummy handbag) and my youngest is 6! And belated congratulations! I can’t remember if I said that already. So exciting! #marvmondays
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  21. July 23, 2016 / 10:58 am

    This is quite similar to what mine had when they were babies. Love the milton wipes! & wit my first who was sick with reflux all the time, It was crammed with muslins! #MarvMondays
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  22. July 25, 2016 / 6:43 am

    I have pretty much the same except my son is 14 months so we also have lots of snack in there! #KCACOLS
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  23. July 25, 2016 / 11:48 am

    I am so excited about packing my changing bag! So excited to be using it again (we bought a new one because I kind of ruined the old one!). I really want to try the water wipes so thanks for that link – I didn’t get the joy of the meconium poo as wasn’t able to change those first nappies due to csection hehe!! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  24. August 19, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Your post has made me feel like a pro already. This is pretty much what’s in my bag. Just thinking I need to add a large muslin & possibly another change of clothes (although tempted to keep that in the car instead). Aiming to travel as light as possible but we’ll see how that goes when we get out and about more!
    Jealous of the mulberry bag though. Not sure I can persuade the hubby in to that!

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