We are now two weeks in to our lives as parents of two and I have to say it's pretty fantastic. I couldn't really imagine loving someone as much as love my little boy but of course I do. There is nothing like that rush of love you feel towards your children and I can hold my hands up and say we are all very loved up round here!
Of course there have been ups and downs and emotional times and tiredness (oh the tiredness!). Yesterday I took my first (voluntary) trip out the house. I say voluntary as I've actually had to leave it a few times already due to how the NHS trust works in this part of Bristol (no home checks for babies first day) and waiting in Dr's surgeries for drop in (no same day appointments even for children unless you queue outside at 8am which we did twice) anyway that's a whole different story!
So we left the house to grab coffee at our favourite local spot (Number 12 Easton if you're interested), I breastfed Mabli in public for the first time and I got to drink my first proper cup of coffee in weeks. It did take us about an hour to get ready to leave and I completely forgot just how much you need to take out with you with a baby. It's the first time I've had a chance to use my Pacapod as I didn't need it as a hospital bag (as she was born at home).
I tried to do a 'flat lay' of all the things I pack in mine but oh my gosh the winter light is so awful that when I checked the pictures they were unusable. It might be time to invest in some proper lighting, not that I'd actually know what to do with it! So I decided instead to do a little collage of some of our essentials and also to show you what comes in a Madison Pacapod.
I'd imagine the pods would be useful for all sorts of different reasons, if you were bottle feeding they would be the perfect place for bottles. I've ended up putting Wilf's spare clothes and snacks in one and the baby spare clothes in the other just for ease of not getting them mixed up. The large pocket I keep nappies, a swaddle wrap, a muslin & my wallet & camera. The front two pockets I keep nappy cream, nipple cream and nursing pads.
I linked below to some of my favourite brands if you're interested.
I love the fact this bag really doesn't look like a change bag but more like a stylish handbag. Although it's definitely on the pricey side it does mean you can use it way past the baby years once you'd taken out the pods. I don't actually have a pram yet so can't demonstrate the pods attached to buggy but you can see all their uses here. You can even use the pods as a mini backpack if you are wearing a sling & want to travel a bit lighter.
2, Swaddle wraps
3, Medela Disposable Nursing Pads
4, Bambino Mio nappy
5, Babygrow (this one is from Cath Kidston
6, Lansinoh nipple cream
Whats in your change bag?
We were sent the Pacapod for purposes of this review but all words thoughts are my own