Before I had children I had a handbag obsession. I loved the high designer bags right down to the grocery store ones too. Something I never pondered before I had children was how much my handbag was going to change and it’s contents within it forever evolving!
When I had my son, Buba, I wanted the latest diaper bag and packed it full of every ‘essential’ you could think of for a baby. It was heavy, bulky and hard to carry with all that unnecessary extra baby items in it. I was a first time mom and wanted to be prepared. Then I had my daughter, Missy Moo, and I got a little wiser as I then had to pack for two babies as Buba was still in diapers. I got smart and took the bare essentials when I had to pack for two. It’s the only way it will all fit in any bag even the travel size diaper bag.
Now, I am back to packing for one baby and I love diaper bags that are also handbags to use long after I am done packing those diapers and wipes around.
*2 x Bottles of Water
*Diapers & Wipes (of course!)
*Buba’s epi pen, inhaler and medicines (aka our first aid kit)
* Extra outfit & boxers (baby or toddler could have an accident)
*Wallet & Keys
* Iphone (fully charged for those app games)
*A small toy to occupy depending on where we are headed
I like to keep my bag light and organized. I am carrying a baby and pulling a toddler along side me I don’t need anymore weight than necessary on my back. My bag has a shoulder strap and stroller clips so it’s handy wherever I go. I also love that I can use it for my gym bag and overnight bag for a girlie weekend away.
What’s in your handbag? How much has your contents and bag changed since you became a parent?
I know that this won’t be the last set of essentials in my bag, in my parenting life. I know as they grow up my contents will evolve with them. Hopefully the size will minimize too but I have always been partial to oversize handbags anyways just usually not so full!
Are you preparing your handbag for a day out with your little one, here are some M&S Baby essentials I just adore and you will find perfect for your bag. Or even a new summer bag? You can still stay in fashion with a lovely M&S changing bag like the one above. It’s one of my favorites for a spring/summer look!
You can never be too prepared but don’t be caught out without the bare essentials, I have been there one too many times. Always check your bag before you ‘grab and go” is my main advice. I have thought I had a pack of wipes or an extra pair of tights in my bag before and been caught short. I guess, it’s always a great excuse to come home with new clothes!