I have been wanting to do a ‘whats in my changing bag’ post for a long time. I absolutely love watching them on Youtube and to be honest have found it really useful hearing other people tips on what to pack to keep my very busy toddler occupied.
After struggling for a long time and trying at least 3 changing bags (one that I absolutely loved but had to return because of quality issues) and two large handbags to fit everything in, I finally feel like I have found THE ONE!
Before I delve into what I have in my changing bag, let me introduce you to my very beautiful JJ Cole Satchel in Cafe.
I spent a huge amount of time searching for this changing bag and being totally determined not to waste anymore money I created a list of things I must have.
Pockets – I absolutely can not cope with the chaos that a large handbag created for me. Others may be able to but I like easy access to everything and can’t stand having to spend ages searching for keys or the toy car that Little P wants right now. The JJ Cole Satchel has plenty of these – 4 roomy pockets on the inside, and 8 good size pockets on the outside, I now have a place for everything!
Functionality – Not only do the amount of pockets make this bag highly practical – it also comes with a changing pad, shoulder and stroller straps. I didn’t realise how much I needed stroller straps until I had them. They are so useful making my bag the perfect hight to grab what I need quickly. It stopped my bag dragging on the wheels or hanging over to one side of the pram!
Size – As you will see I like to carry a lot of stuff ‘just in case’ so size really did matter. The JJ Cole Satchel is spacious enough without looking like a big bulky travel bag.
Look – I really like my changing bag to look like a handbag and the JJ Cole Satchel absolutely meets this criteria. As well as the gorgeous exterior the inside is an adorable shade of blue.
Quality – I really haven’t had the bag long enough to comment for myself, however after watching reviews on Youtube people seem to be very happy. It certainly feels and looks good quality on arrival.
Price – I totally understand everyones budget differs but I personally thought the price very reasonable. I found mine on Amazon for about £37.00 but I know that It is also available through Tesco for what I also found to be quite reasonable for the design, quality and functionality of the bag. I didn’t really want to be spending a fortune after the amount of bags I already had!
Now onto what I hold in this oh so beautiful bag…..
Interior Pocket 1
Here we have the nappies, wipes, Sudocrem and a changing mat, this isn’t the changing mat that it is included I ordered this separately of Amazon as I like how compact it is. I would also like to quickly mention the wipes we use, how cute is the packaging! I love these Tesco wipes, they have worked really well for Little P and seem to frequently be on offer which is always a bonus! All but the Sudocrem fit nicely into this interior pocket.
Interior Pocket 2
In the next interior pocket I have my Milton Wipes, handy for wiping down restaurant high chairs, tables etc, Milton hand sanitiser, kleenex tissues for those little runny noses, Neal’s Yard Wild Rose hand cream and a small brush for Little P’s hair. The Sudocrem also goes on this pocket so I’m not entirely sure why it was in the other picture and not this one!
Interior Pocket 3
This picture really does show quite how much can be put into just one of these interior pockets, firstly I have a cute little bag that holds sachets of Calpol, a medicine spoon incase Little P gets a temperature and his teething granules (we use Nelsons Teetha and they have worked a treat!). The bag I keep these in is actually a re-useable snack bag I found on Amazon as I wanted to keep these items contained. It is such a sweet design by a company that I think is called ‘Itzy Ritzy’ ‘Snack Happened’. It states on the packaging that it is food safe and ideal for sandwiches, fruit snacks, baby items, electronics, mini first aid kits, etc and can be machine washed cold. I am really impressed with this little item so think I will be ordering more! I also have in here soother wipes that can be used for toys, bottles and cups, a small travel first aid kit and some Savlon. The final two items may seem a little excessive but I got the idea from a Youtube video and as summer is coming up and we are planning lots of days out I don’t think it can do any harm to have a few extras like these packed.
Interior Pocket 4
The last interior pocket just holds this at the moment. My very pretty Emma Bridgewater 2015 diary. Absolutely essential to keep track of all the play dates, play groups and days out we have planned!
in the very centre of the bag I keep a spare set of clothes for Little P, a few toys, an umbrella and my purse. As you can see there is still more than enough space to add a few extras if needed.
There are so many pockets on this bag that I still haven’t filled them all!
The the front of the bag has 4 pockets in total, two very spacious ones and two smaller pockets with zips.
In one of the more spacious ones I keep Little P’s snacks so they are easy to access, the other is yet to be filled.
In the front zipped pockets I keep my ‘mommy items’ these include my phone and a few essentials such as lip balm, lipsticks and a bobble. The lipsticks I have are Blankety by MAC (for me is the perfect nude) and Midnight Plum number 338 by Maybelline, this is a beautiful berry colour and what I wore a lot throughout the winter. It really builds nicely and doesn’t apply as deep as the colour looks which I quite like. I absolutely love the Nivea lip butters and it really does seem to be one of the only balms that doesn’t dry my lips.
In the two rear pockets I keep a couple of items to occupy Little P. In the one pocket we have two books that he is currently loving. The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mad about Dinosaurs, Little P loves dinosaurs and gets so excited when he sees pictures of them. In the other pocket we keep some crayons and a little notepad for when we are out and about at restaurants these are always very useful to keep an excitable toddler occupied.
Finally we have the two side pockets.
In one of these we keep Little P’s water beaker. We were really struggling to find a beaker that he liked to drink from and this one from Nuby has totally changed how he drinks, I no longer have to keep reminding him to drink, he absolutely loves carrying it around which is just fantastic so I would very much recommend. I don’t currently have anything in the other pocket but in the summer I am planning to use this for sunglasses and sun block.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. I know that I absolutely love reading and watching these so if you have any ideas or tips please feel free to share.
*Quick addition, this is not sponsored, all items were purchased by us except the bag itself which was a wonderful birthday present (chosen by me) from my very lovely mom and dad.