A Side Order Of Me: What’s at the bottom of your changing bag?

Up this week telling us what’s at the bottom of her changing bag is the very lovely, and very funny, Alex from A Side Order Of Me. A fellow blogger, and mum to her gorgeous girl Phoebe, Alex’s brilliantly honest and often laugh out loud account of her life as a single mum continues to keep me entertained on a pretty much daily basis as she, in her words, “wings it one typo at a time”.

Here she is answering my questions on what’s at the bottom of her changing bag….



What are the first five words that come to mind when you think of you and your changing bag? 

Mini house, heavy, messy, chemist

What is your must-have item you can’t live without? 

Calpol and loads of syringes.  I never leave the house without it.  Next to wine its become my new best friend.


What’s the make of your bag? 

I was the mum that took forever to choose my nappy bag, hating all the bags that were shown to me.  I wasn’t a fan of the yummy mummy bags, being that I am a total yucky mummy and that I always want to be a bit different.  I also didn’t want to feel like I was losing all of me.  Your nappy bag essentially becomes your new handbag and I didn’t fancy replacing my Marc Jacobs bag with one that said “Apple of mums eye” on it.  I did settle on a Babymel bag, but within two weeks I saw at least 15 mums carrying it, so I sold it and bought a non-nappy bag from Topshop.  Unconventional?  Maybe.  Fits everything in?  Yes.


If you delve to the bottom and do a raffle style grab, what are you most likely to find?

365 nappy sacks and probably a few half-eaten rice cakes.

What item do you always forget? 

Being like Monica from Friends means I am exceptionally tidy on the outside, but if you open my bag it’s like Narnia.  I am yet to forget anything.

What is the most surprising item in your changing bag? 

The most random thing I found in my bag was a giant “&” sign.  I took it to colour match and then left it in there for days wondering why my bag was so heavy.  That and Phoebe’s umbilical cord which I thought I had lost.  Finding that at a mums lunch was a sure way to get over the nervous new mum chatter!

Do you have any top tips for reducing the amount of crap parents carry? 

Well I am sure you all know about the excess free time we have as a parent?  Wait….no we don’t.  But if  you can squeeze a few minutes to sort through your bag each evening it saves so much hassle when you’re trying to take a tired baby on an outing and you’re faffing remembering what you need. It also stops you from taking all the crap you don’t need in a rush.

Fast forward a few years and you no longer need a nappy bag, what is your dream replacement? 

If I could click my heels and be in a Marc Jacobs shop buying a new bag, well I would be one happy mama.

Don’t forget to check out Alex’s blog A Side Order Of Me here.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram – you won’t regret it!

Gemma x


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