Growing up your mom’s purse may have resembled Mary Poppins carpetbag. If you grazed your knee, she had a plaster; if you needed a pen; she would give you the choice of five; if you were hungry, a snack was on hand; and if you had a stray thread, she had scissors. She was the ultimate superhero, and her purse was a fairy-tale sidekick. And now you’re a new mom – (congrats by the way!!) so it’s your turn to emulate her example.
Though we can’t promise you the thrills of real life magic, we’ll let you in on our top 5 purse essentials that will change your life for the better. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to give your purse a much-needed mama upgrade!
Your trusty hand sanitizer. Sticky hands are part of the new mom deal, which is why we’re huge fans of purse-sized sanitizers. They’re super inexpensive and you only need to use a tiny bit of product per use (the size of a quarter should do the trick). Not only does it kill the bacteria immediately, but it also cleanses hands thoroughly and provides long-lasting moisture.
Bonus tip: Throw in some cleansing wipes too! There is always a use for them – whether it’s a quick face wash for you or a cleanup for your kids. So, expect them to be a staple in your purse even when your kids are older.
Snack attack. Adjusting to your newborn’s feeding schedule can take its toll on you too. So, to ensure you curb the ‘hanger’ pangs, pack a few snacks for the day ahead. Our favorite go-to snack is almonds. These yummy morsels are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, they keep you satisfied for longer, and they even help control blood sugar levels. Simply pack two handfuls of almonds for that extra kick-ass boost.
Bonus tip: If you’re not feeling nutty, you can also take some trail mix, a packet of popcorn, yogurt covered cranberries or two squares of dark chocolate. Whichever pleases your palette most!
Recommended product: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bites
Tangle teaser saves the day. A day of traveling, temperamental weather, and even temperamental kids, can make your ‘do fairly disheveled. Tease out all the kinks with a detangling brush to freshen up your locks on the go. You can find ones that are so gentle, even your little one won’t mind it!
Recommended product: Tangle Teezer
Organize the chaos. Trust us, this one is easier than you think! All you need are a couple of clear (small to medium sized) makeup and wash bags, where you can keep everything visible and in check. Keep your phone, keys, medication, and tissues in one, makeup in another, and finally, nappies and baby essentials. You’ll appreciate the power of a tidy purse when baby brain sets in.
Jot down your thoughts. Call us old fashioned, but there’s nothing better than pen and paper. Perfect for to-do lists, shopping lists, great ideas, doodles and basic reminders throughout the day, new moms will find the simple pleasures of carrying a notepad and pen around. In the battle against momnesia it’s a real winner!
Recommended product: Ellora List Pad and Pen
Purse essentials aside, we hope you’re settling into new mom life and loving every second of it. The experience is simply life changing and in case you need a little guidance to get you going, check out our tops tips to surviving and thriving during the first six weeks.