Inside The Murky World Of A Dad’s Changing Bag

Ok, so I’m going to try to make this post interesting, but the reality is that it’s not the most interesting of subject matters ever written about.

Sure, it has more depth than a Twilight film, more humour than anything with Jonny Vegas and is more insightful than any TV show featuring Harry Wallop, but for me, that’s a given.

This post is more practical in nature. Afterall, parenting isn’t just about tea parties, dressing up and merrily skipping through meadows. It takes more than that. If Cubs and Scouts taught me anything as a kid, which to be honest it didn’t as I hated every minute, then it would probably include the words ‘Be Prepared’.

I think this is a pretty decent motto for life, particularly when you are attempting to raise a little sprog of your own. Coming from a business consultancy background, there’s nothing that excites me more than a good Excel project plan and working out what needs to be done by when. Luckily, the missus is as boring as me, so we’ve inadvertently taken this philosophy into our first twelve weeks of parenting. ‘Plan for the unexpected’. ‘Fail to plan, plan to fail’. ‘Giggity, giggity’. ‘I have the power’. You get the idea.

So I thought I’d share with you the stuff that I carry around in my changing bag. A Dad is often labelled as the unprepared one in the relationship or the person more likely to wing it and see what happens. I really don’t fit into this stereotype though. Instead, I prefer to know that I’ve got everything with me that I might possibly need to cover all eventualities. For me, there’s nothing worse than being miles away from home when a poonami hits and I don’t have the right equipment at hand to stop it seeping onto everything.

I’m actually quite excited and proud of the fact that I have my Babymule baby changing bag and the missus has hers. It might sound sad, but I like knowing that my bag is mine and hers is hers. Everything has it’s own place in my man bag and all hell breaks loose if the wife dares to open it. That’s what her bag is for!

In no particular order, this is what I carry around with me when I’m on baby duty:

  • 1 x t-shirt for the missus: In case the missus is affected by a poo explosion, sick explosion or boob juice explosion.
  • 1x t-shirt for me: In case I’m affected by a poo explosion, sick explosion or boob juice explosion. Also in case I spill anything down myself when eating.
  • 2 x baby grows: A change of clothes if the baby is affected by a poo explosion, sick explosion or boob juice explosion, then a back-up in case lightening strikes twice.
  • 1 x thick baby blanket: When it’s very chilly.
  • 1 x thin baby blanket: When it’s a little chilly.
  • 1 x baby socks: In case of cold feet or in case a sock goes missing (which happens very often).
  • 1 x baby hat: In case of a cold head.
  • 1 x large muslin cloth: For mopping up any spit up and for covering up during breastfeeding if needed (the missus, not me).
  • 1 x bib: For protecting clothes from sick and for mopping up any mouth leakages.
  • 2 x packs of paracetamol: Because a headache always strikes when you don’t have paracetamol to take. Plus, chances are I’ll be around screaming kids (in a non-paedoey way).
  • 1 x GorillaPod camera tripod: Because we always end up with selfie style photos or are too scared to ask random strangers to take our photo.
  • 1 x anti-bacterial hand gel: Because this is the best thing since sliced bread. It actually is probably better than sliced bread.
  • 10 x nappy bags: Always dispose of nappies responsibly. Plus they double up as poo bags for the dog.
  • 1 x pen: Because you never have a pen when you need one.
  • 1 x notepad: Because you never have anything to write on when you need one. Plus, what use is a pen without paper?
  • 1 x pack of baby wipes: For nappy changes and cleaning up general sticky and ickyness.
  • 1 x umbrella: Because I don’t have anywhere else to put it and it *feels* like a responsible Dad should have one.
  • 7 x nappies: A baby’s got to poo.
Items in dad baby changing bag close up

Exactly the same photo as the one above, only from a different angle to make things more interesting and arty.

What do you think to the contents of my man bag? Too much, too little or just right? What do you pack that you couldn’t live without? Is there anything else I should consider including?

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  • Andy Davis

    Written down it looks like a lot, but I see how you get there. You are very well prepared, much more so than me, which is probably why I’m often covered in poo and/or sick in public. If you’ve got clothes for your wife in there does that mean you go out together both with your bags?

    • True, does feel like a lot but I have a reason for each one 🙂 Haha, I learnt after experiencing a poonami whilst out with the little one. We tend to take either her bag or my bag when we go out together – depends a bit on where we’re going and what we’re taking as mine can turn into a rucksack (very Transformers!)

  • This is the way to go.

    I could tell you about the time I visited the shopping centre,, smelt the stench of death and found the nearest baby change. The good news, no one was there and it was nice and clean. The bad news we were down to the last baby wipe to clean up a serious poonami. Oh, and the little one was not in a good mood.

    We got through it, it was not pretty and we never spoke of it again 🙂

    Be prepared, be very prepared is a great motto 🙂

    • Sounds like a nightmare and that you had to get creative with the cleaning up! Least you got through it and managed to tell the tale 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

  • The pen. The pen is the crucial one! I always have a sticker book in mine now, to keep the kid quiet in public places. #madmidweekbloghop

    • The pen is a recent addition to the bag, but so useful. You never have one when you need it! The sticker book sounds good, something I’ll have to entertain Baby L (and me) when she’s a bit older 🙂

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  • Merlinda Little

    This is just right. Now I have less of nappies but more of books and toys. My son is 4 and yet we carry the same big bag =) #mmwbh

    • Makes sense! The room taken up with nappies etc can be replaced with more fun stuff to stop them playing up in public 🙂

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    I had twins, so you can imagine the size of my bag. Yeah. Great tips and love the t-shirts for you two! I never thought of that one!! Jess x

    • My bag is big enough, let alone the thought of having two babies. You must have big biceps and a strong back 🙂

  • Super Busy Mum

    What a fun post and I love that you have a gorilla tripod in there too! Something I have always wanted to buy, would you advise? Thanks so much for linking up with #MMWBH

    • Thanks! Yeah, we’ve found the tripod really useful. We’ve had it for years but it’s always been in a drawer, meaning we always forget it then wish we had it with us. This way, we do!

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Wow looks like you need a suitcase for all that clobber! Thanks for linking to #TheList x

    • Haha, a lot of clobber but fits really well (with space still remaining) in my Babymule bag! 🙂

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  • Ally Messed Up Mum

    You seriously carry all that around with you all the time?? I thought I was organised but you have taken it to another level! Never carried a spare t-shirt for myself, if I end up covered in poo that’s just me for the day, coz I’m sexy like that. As for a notepad, do you not use your phone for everything?! I also have to applaud you for turning a really potentially boring post into something of comedy genius, as always! X

    • Haha thanks. Yeah, I did at the start when Baby L was a few months old, but I’ve now ditched 95% of that stuff now that she’s 14 months. Good point about the phone – I must be a bit old school, although I’ll admit that I never used the pen or paper once!