Yeah, I know EVERY mum is busy before you shout, but I wanted to share some tips with you to make life a little easier and you were never going to read this without the word ‘busy’, would you?
Anything that frees up a couple more minutes off the day to leave time for you is a plus, wether you’re a stay at home mum in need of some precious ‘me time’ or a working mum wanting to grab a last few moments with your little one before you dash out the door. There’s no denying that we can all benefit from a little more time.
Now while I’m no magician, I’m not able to create more time in the day, but by making little adjustments to your routine, hopefully you can get out the house a little quicker and a little less stressed.
Organisation is the key
By keeping your baby changing bag organised, refilling it after every trip out, means it’s just a case of grab and go. What you keep In your bag though, can also make life a whole heap easier so I’m sharing my changing bag packing tips in the hope it’ll help with organising yours too.
Well what better place to start, this is one item you can’t leave the house without as you can guarantee that’ll be the one time you get caught out. I’m a cloth / disposable nappy mix user, if out for the day I find the latter easier so im not carrying round wet or smelly ones. 3 will usually be enough and I wrap each one in a nappy bag so everything’s to hand for changes. You can do this with cloth nappies too, I put each nappy in a wet bag so the dirty one can just pop straight in, I also make sure the liner is folded and inside the nappy making change times quick and easy.
Instead of taking a whole pack out I use a wet bag (similar to the Pink Lining ones which come with their bags) and decant a handful of wipes. This also stops any leakages into your bag when they aren’t closed properly or have lost their stickiness. They’re also handy if your little one has a sensitive bottom or with new borns, just wet a few cotton wool pads with water.
Spare change of clothes
Again, I put these in a nappy bag for quick dashes to the change area. It also helps keep those tiny socks to hand which are always impossible to find. You can pop the dirty clothes straight into a nappy bag keeping your change bag clean.
Antibacterial hand gel
When you’ve got a wriggly or tiny baby to hold, washing your hands isn’t always easy, so for quick changing room visits I keep a bottle of this in my bag. Many bags have small mobile phone pockets which aren’t big enough for a smart phone but perfect size for a bottle of gel. You could also pop it in one of the nappy/nappy sack combos.
A small mum emergency toiletry bag.
Lip balm, hand cream, breast pads, sanitary pad, body spray. Bottle of gin, ok, maybe omit the last one. Drunken in charge of a minor isn’t something I’d advise. But you get the idea. Prepare for the inevitable and then you’re free to enjoy your day without the little niggles or joys of being a mum which might scupper your plans.
Both for you and your toddler or weaned baby, especially if you’re a breastfeeding mum. I keep a healthy snack, such as Eat Natural apricot, yoghurt & almond bars, as they’ll give you a good, guilt free, burst of energy. Having a snack on hand for toddlers can divert many a meltdown. Obviously something that’s healthy and doesn’t need cooling is better. I’m loving Smoothie Bites which seem to give me the longest whinge delay. If you’re a bottle feeder, a ready-made carton of milk in your bag and a small bottle for extended and unplanned trips out is perfect. Also great for when your baby decides they will start that growth spurt & feed every couple of hours without warning.
Now I’m not on about a full on kit of bandages and saline solution. Just a few non alcohol wipes, plasters and arnica cream should keep things sane after minor tumbles.
Sun cream and spare sun hat
You know the feeling when you’ve left the house and it’s cloudy but by lunch time the suns out to play and you’re left with no option other than draping a cardigan over the buggy in the vain hope your little one doesn’t burn. Yeah, that one. A small travel sized tube of sun cream and a lightweight hat in your bag will prevent any worry and mum guilt!
Have I missed anything you never leave the house with? Please do let me know in the comments.