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I'm completely over using a changing bag now and feel like something new / different. I have no idea what to buy! I'm a SAHM so my lifestyle is playgroups, soft play, play dates, park, shopping, library etc. We are out am and pm. I think I need a rucksack or cross body so hands are free.
Large black bowler bag from Faith. I'm lax with filling it with stuff for dd but I keep a bag of her stuff in the car (nappies, wipes, water bottle, toys) and add what I need to my bag depending on where we're going. I don't need a big bag.
When I'm out at the park etc I tend to use a tiny cross body bag for keys/phone/cash and a shopper type for everything else that I can leave on the buggy/dump in a corner. Gap have some nice ones at the moment.
frankie - haha! A rucksack would NEVER have entered my head but my friend had a Cath Kidston (never been a fan) one this week and it was super organised. Everything had its place, easy to carry and wipe clean. Totally practical. Probably not very stylish. Wont the shopper be annoying, falling off your shoulder as you hold children's hands?
I use a mixture of bags. For toddler groups I take a large handbag (my current fave is my banana republic tote), for the park I use a cross body bag for purse/keys etc and then a canvas shopper to dump on the floor/buggy and if we're out to somewhere like the zoo and I'm taking a picnic then I will use a rucksack as it's just so much more practical.
sotiredfornow - not sure if the shopper will be annoying or not yet until I've road tested it but generally my little one is good at walking next to me and I'm quite happy carrying a large tote/shopper with all my crap in it.
puddles the thought of you using a birkin as a changing bag is making me cry. THINGS WILL LEAK IN IT. And NOT NICE things at that. Even if you can afford for it to get ruined, it's still making me cry. I mean it's Hermes!!!
I have a slouchy accessorize tote in blue leather which is big enough for my toddlers stuff and my newborns nappies/change of clothes. It has a cross body strap and plenty of pockets.
I alternate between that and a pair of satchels (one red, the other polka dot) for shorter journeys. The toddler also has his own tiny rucksack he insists on carrying.
Also wincing at the thought of things leaking in a birkin. I had milk leak in the bottle holder for my old changing bag and I had to bin it as the smell permeated. The changing bag itself has become knackered and relegated to overnight visits/holidays.
I treated myself to a sugarjack Gabi in tan (cross body bag) when it was on sale, getting on really well with it in the 6 ishweeks I have had it. Generally carrying gubbins for my 2yo and the folder I have my pregnancy notes in