If you have young children there are certain things you cannot live without or that would just make your life so much easier. I have put together my top five must haves for your handbag, these are things that I have in my handbag all the time and they are used every single time we go out!
Organic Babies Sticky Hand Sanitiser
We have been trying out this sticky hand sanitiser from Organic Babies and it is so cool! Reuben (my eldest) thinks that it is so much fun and absolutely hilarious! In fact yesterday I had to take it off him because he was just sat pumping it and playing with the foam! It was great when we visited the zoo and means we don’t have to keep using the alcohol based hand sanitisers every time we touch an animal – no dry skin over here! You can get your hands on Organic Babies products (which we love in this house!) here.
Portable Changing mat
These portable changing mats from Nobodinoz are not only stylish but they are also an absolute must have in your bag in case you need to change your little one when you are out and about. You can change baby at the drop of a hat – at the park, in a restaurant, anywhere!
Snacks for hungry little ones!
I don’t remember the last time I went out without snacks in my bag, but I do know that every time I come home – even from short journeys – half the snacks are gone. Let’s face it children want to eat almost all of the time and especially if its their favourite snacks. I love these little storage pots from Hana Blomst, they are recycled so totally eco friendly and roomy so will hold enough raisins, rice cakes and carrot sticks for all the kids. You can buy Hana Blomst products at the brilliant alexandalexa.com.
A drinks bottle that everyone can use
I can guarantee if I go out without drinks in my bag I will hear a little voice say ‘Mama, I want apple juice’ which is fine, if I can get to a shop to buy him a drink… but then of course Toby wants some and you can’t always guarantee he won’t spill it everywhere, so I always carry a none spill beaker in my bag, one that is big enough for both boys, but is something they can both drink from. I love these stainless steel Blafre bottles, which also come as thermo flasks, so if it is really cold in winter and you are planning a trip out you can take warm drinks too! You can get them from shak-shuka here.
A Muslin Square – the most multifunctional item you will ever possess!
The final thing to make my top five must have list for Mama’s bag is a muslin square. Its a wipe, a tissue, a feeding cover or bib, a comfort blanket… basically it does everything! You don’t have to carry a huge one that will take up half your bag but I am never without one in my handbag just in case. In fact I now have one in my handbag for when I don’t have the kids – my friends laugh at me when it comes out and there are no kids around, but if I spill something and need to wipe it up, its there ready! I especially love these musy muslin squares from aden + anais, which you can find here.
So now you know what we never leave the house without, but what are your must haves? Do you carry something different to me – I’d love to know, I might be able to add it to my list!