What’s in my toddler changing bag

I wrote a blog post a while back about what was in my baby changing bag (What’s in my change bag) and it had quite a lot of interest so I thought I’d do an updated version now Dylan is out of the baby stage and very much in the toddler stage.

What is it about wanting to know what people carry around with them? I personally love it! I love seeing what people have when out and about. It gives me a bit of inspiration and makes me think if I’ve got everything I need. Almost like a visual checklist. I also like “What’s in my handbag” posts from the ladies out there but I don’t know if that’s me bordering on the line of insane. What do you think!? Anyway!…

When babies become toddlers, it is a relief to all mums out there that you don’t need to carry around with you the whole bumph that comes with having a baby.

I decided that because I didn’t need as much stuff, I didn’t need the large change bag that I had (although I loved it) So I purchased this dinosaur print from Cath Kidston. I am a HUGE Cath Kidston fan and I have a lot of her bags so I felt this one was perfect. It had Dinosaurs on to please Dylan and a Cath Kidston label to please me. Everyone’s a winner! Except probably, my husband. God bless him. He doesn’t feel the Cath Kidston love the way I do. Nevertheless, he still wears it when out and about with our son.

So what’s in my changing bag?

  1. Nappies. I usually take 3 out with me. Three being the magic number and all. I’m never out long enough to use all 3 so I’ve never had a “no nappy” crisis.
  2. Wipes. Used for cleaning everything but the kitchen sink. Unlike nappies, I have to be brand specific with these as for some reason Dylan has a reaction to all wipes except Pampers sensitive and Mamia (Aldi) sensitive wipes.
  3. Tissues. For those snotty, snotty noses. I can’t bare a green encrusted nose.
  4. A Change of clothes. I like to keep a spare pair of trousers and pants for Katie in the bag too in case of any accidents.
  5. A Change mat. A Cath Kidston change mat which one of my friends kindly gave me.
  6. Juice and snacks. Always important with Children. I try to keep healthy snacks in my bag but sometimes only a milky bar will do.
  7. A toy. Used purely as a distraction tool. The toys changes from week to week as does Dylan’s interests. This week it’s lightening Mcqueen.
  8. A dummy. For nap times and tantrums.
  9.  My purse and phone. I don’t carry my own bag it drives me nuts having to lug two bags around (3 if Katie’s at nursery and has her nursery bag) So I just put my purse and phone in to the change bag. Sometimes I carry a lipstick too but if we’re being honest, I’m never one to remember to top my lippy up during the day anyway so it’s sometimes a pointless product.

That’s it in my changing bag. The contents has dwindled dramatically from the baby days. I hate it when your baby isn’t your baby  anymore but I am glad when you don’t have to be armed with all the products that going out with a baby entails.

What do you keep in your changing bag? Do I carry more or less than you?

I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Dylan – You are 17 months old (A letter to my son)

My Darling Dylan you are now 17 months old,

It’s just a quick one. When I wrote your 16 month update (Dylan-you are 16 months old) I said that I wouldn’t write to you every month after that.

But, you’ve had a couple of changes which I feel you need to know about.

Firstly, you’ve slept through the night! And not just one night but every night for a whole week! Halleluiah!  I’m wondering if this is finally the turning point in your sleeping pattern. (It’s only took 17 months!) I’m starting to feel like a new woman. I was starting to think this day would never come! It’s amazing what a full nights sleep does for everyone. Including you.

Secondly, we’ve had a bit of a turn around at the dinner table too. I wrote in your 16 month update that you were particularly fussy when it came to eating your food at teatime but over the last couple of weeks we’ve changed you from a high chair to a booster seat so you can sit at the table properly with us and you’ve started to use a fork to feed yourself with and it’s made such a difference! Not all the time, but enough for meal times not to be as stressful as they were. It’s so lovely to watch you try and use a fork. You try to be so independent. The look on you face when you manage to put a piece of food from the fork in to your mouth is utter triumph. Your such a clever little thing.

Your walking has improved vastly over the last week and you are practically running everywhere now. You have such speed behind you I’m forever telling you to slow down. It goes without saying that you’ve also had quite a few bumps to the head since you developed the speed too. Silly little Dylan, you’ll never learn as I rub and kiss it better.

I said it was just a quick letter this month Dylan and I meant it. I’ll leave it here. Your a bit under the weather today and Daddy and I are hoping that you haven’t caught the Chicken Pox from your sister. I’m off to go and give you a cuddle.

Keep up the good work Darling.

We love you.

 

 

The Siblings Project (February 2017)

I love doing the Siblings post every month! It must be, by far, my easiest post to write. The post I feel most confident about. I love being able to take pictures of my two together so that I have something to show them when they are older and something that I can look back on with fond memories.

I’ve noticed their bond changing slightly over the last few months. Although they are still as close as ever and they love each other dearly, Dylan is moving out of the baby stage and very much in to the toddler stage. This in turn, has meant that there has been a lot more squabbling! Sometimes it’s over toys. Sometimes it’s over TV programmes. We are getting to the stage where they are even close to squabbling about who got what food!

It’s a tricky stage as a mum. It’s hard not to tell them off for squabbling with one another, but I still have to remember that Dylan doesn’t understand his actions as much as Katie does. It’s not long before they kiss and make up and are back to giggling with one another though.

I mentioned last month (January 2017) that Katie was enjoying the fact that Dylan was getting older. It meant that he could play with her a little bit more. This still stands. I’m finding that I can leave them in the playroom for a little while knowing that they will just play nicely and not get up to too much mischief. I still have to remind Katie that although Dylan can play more it doesn’t mean that he can do everything that she can! I caught her trying to teach him how to catapult himself of the sofa at the start of the week. I’ll quickly skip past that!!

I say this every month, but I can not wait for the better weather to come. It means that I can photography my little ones outside more in what I like to call their natural habitat!

 

 

What do your children say? An interview with my 3 year old

What do your children say? I was scanning Pinterest the other day (find me here) when I came across a blog post idea that I thought was great! An interview with your child on their birthday every year. It’s a way to document their answers and see how they change as they get older. I thought this was a fantastic idea so I decided to interview Katie and see what answers she gave me. When I decided to interview her, she was laid in bed watching a video on her tablet. This is her way of having quiet time in an afternoon.

Interview with Katie – 7th February 2017

What is your name? “Katie”

How old are you? “3”

How old is Mummy? “12” – Not quite, love

How old is Daddy? “13, I know that because you told me he was older than you so that makes him 13” – Your logic is correct, your answer isn’t.

What is your favourite colour? “Pink”

What is your favourite toy? “Erm…Rabbit” (A comforter she’s had since she was a baby)

What do you want to be when you grow up? “A trainer, so I can drive trains”

Do you mean a train driver? “Yes, I want to be a train driver”

What’s your favourite TV show? “Peppa Pig”

What’s your favourite DVD? “Rapunzel” (Tangled)

What’s the best thing about Mummy? “Your cuddles”

What’s the best thing about Daddy? “He spins me around really fast”

What’s your favourite drink? “Apple juice”

What’s your favourite animal? “OW! I’ve got a chicken pox in my ear!!” (She’s currently got Chicken pox if you’d not already guessed)

What’s your favourite animal? “A Cow”

What’s your favourite fruit? “Grapes”

What’s your favourite thing to eat at lunchtime? “Cheese sandwiches”

What’s your favourite thing to do outdoors? “Play football”

“I’ve accidently got chocolate on my bed, Mummy”

Who’s your best friend? “Hollie”

Do you like doing questions like this? “Yes, but you didn’t ask me who my favourite ever person was!”

Who’s your favourite ever person? “I don’t know”

 

This interview was so fun to do, it’s interesting to see what answers they give and how easily they can go off on a tangent. I love how I could ask the same set of questions when she’s 4 years old and get completely different answers. Although, I bet if I asked Katie these questions again tomorrow I’d still get different answers too!

Why don’t you ask these questions to your children and see what they come out with? I’d love to hear what they say!

 

 

 

 

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

Me and Mine (January 2017)

January, the bleakest most gloomiest of all months. Although I enjoy the fresh start that January brings, I really hate the weather that comes with it. The wet, cold and sometimes snowy climate means that your stuck in the house more often than not and when you have a family that craves the outdoors and the fresh air, it leads to a lot of boredom and irritability amongst the little ones! Roll on summer I say!

We managed to get out of the house to take this picture last week although it was a quick photo session done purely for this post as it was absolutely freezing. The children were cold and not in the mood to be waiting round for too long to get the perfect picture.

I do love taking photos of my bunch, and I’m so glad to be taking part in this year’s Me and Mine Project again. I can’t wait to see what photos unfold in the next 12 months.

This month:

Mummy is loving

Eating the remains of the Christmas chocolate

Sherlock

Playing with the new lens on her camera

Daddy is loving

Ordering our new kitchen

Football (They are actually playing well now apparently)

Katie is loving

Watching Hercules

Shopping list game

Being back at Nursery

Dylan is loving

Walking

Ra-Ra the noisy lion

In the night garden

Yep! These 3 are mine!