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….

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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.

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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.

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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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