I never used to be a handbag kinda gal, as carrying a bag or purse seems like way too much effort for me. Of course I had a work bag, but if I was just going out for me I’d have keys in one pocket, my wallet in the other, and if I was really putting in the effort, a bit of lipstick in my back pocket. As I got older my pockets got a bit more weighed down, but it wasn’t until I had my son that I started carrying a bag around.
As you probably know, once you’ve got a kid, the amount you need to carry around massively increases. Now I seem to carry enough stuff for a family of 10 and have nightmares about the time I forgot the pack of wet wipes (there was a poonami involved, don’t ask).
I now carry everything around in my black handbag. It’s no designer piece, but it’s simple and functional and REALLY LARGE. I bought it from T K Maxx which is where I would personally recommend any woman shop for a new bag or pretty much anything else. No, this isn’t an ad, it’s just my favourite shop since you can go in for socks and come out with a baby book, cushion, a new mug and some imported chocolates.
What’s in my mumbag?
Here’s what I pack on a daily basis:
- Nappies and wet wipes (I keep these in a separate little bag so I can just take that into the bathroom)
- A spare pair of leggings and a t-shirt for the toddler
- Selection of snacks – usually a bar of some sort, a packaged fruit snack that’s not messy and an apple
- Toddler drink
- Small toy to keep him occupied
- Emergency pacifier / dummy
- Medication – Painkillers, antihistamine, my prescription tablets, sunscreen
- Toiletries – a bit of lipstick for me and my tube of Eucerin Aquaphor
- The essential pocket items – House key, Wallet & Mobile Phone
It’s actually not too much and it covers all the essential bases!
It’s only recently that I started adding Eucerin Aquaphor, as previously I’d carry a lip balm, a moisturizer and a skin cream for William. I get chapped lips and dry hands, and William suffers from eczema on his stomach and back. It’s pretty mild and doesn’t require a prescription ointment, but I do like to carry something to put on it if I’m doing a nappy change and his clothes have been irritating him. It needs to be incredibly mild and scent free so even the hand cream I’d use for myself would be an irritant.
BritMums sent me a bottle of Eucerin Aquaphor and challenged me to find how it fits in with my family – and it really does fit in well on a daily basis. It’s even allowed me to carry less in my handbag since it serves quite a few purposes. It’s more like petroleum jelly than a moisturizer, but it does a really good job on dry skin and chapped lips and I’ve been using it on my nails and cuticles as well. Since it only contains 7 ingredients, it’s perfectly suitable for his sensitive baby skin and I think it’s really helping. Having a small tube is handy to have whilst out and you only need the tiniest bit to go quite a way, so it’ll definitely last a while. I’ll definitely be buying this as a staple once it runs out though!
This post is an entry for the BritMums #MyAquaphor Challenge, sponsored by Eucerin. Discover the benefits of Eucerin