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My Mom Kit

When I was pregnant with Declan finding the perfect diaper bag seemed like a big deal. Something that would fit a lot of baby things (what those were, I wasn’t totally sure) have a place to change the baby, and be easy to carry. I found all of that in a Petunia Pickle Bottom Backpack from Pottery Barn Kids. And it was awesome for a good 6 months. Mostly while I was on maternity leave and could use it as a purse and diaper bag in one. Once I went back to work it got pretty bothersome switching from a purse for work to a diaper bag at night/weekends. We had been gifted an embroidered Land’s End bag for Declan, which he used for school, so we started using that more and more. As Declan got older and in turn needed less and less stuff there were times when I wouldn’t bring a bag at all. I figured there was always a clean diaper somewhere in my car, or we were just running to Target where I could just buy diapers if it really came down to it.

While going bag-less had its perks, I realized just how unprepared I was for all of the little things that could happen. Runny noses, scrapes, a stronger sun than anticipated. I was at a loss for all of these. So while we still always pack a bag for long outings or out to eat (think diaper/wipes/extra outfit for those FEED-MASELF dinners/crayons/paper/books) I decide to take charge and prep an always ready Mom Kit (that didn’t scream Mom).

I picked up a pencil case and tissue cover from The Pleated Poppy to hold everything. I packed it with the following:

1 and 2. sunscreen stick and aquaphor for my little guy’s sensitive skin
3 and 4. Antibiotic cream and alcohol pads
5. Hand sanitizer
6. Bandaids
7. Kleenex
8. CPR booklet (which I understand would be useless in the case of an actual emergency, but you never know…)

I also threw in a pack of sensitive wipes (again, that skin of his. Poor little guy!)

The entire thing fits nicely into my purse, stays contained thanks to the zippered case and leaves me feeling one step ahead no matter where we are. Which is good because these days I usually start off two steps back! With the new baby coming I will probably switch back to the diaper bag while I am on leave, and then back to the Mom Kit and school bag once I go back to work. At least, that’s the plan!

Do you have a Mom Kit? Any items that you think I am missing that you were glad to have on hand in an emergency? I would love to hear!!

5 comments

1 andrea { 03.12.13 at 12:08 am }

Yes I do! lugging everything has always seemed cumbersome. I don’t know when I decided I didn’t want to be chained to a huge bag. Somewhere in the beginning. I keep diapers, wipes, water, and a change of pants n undies all in the car. Usually in a reusable shopping bag. I have a gallon sized Ziploc with the child’s name on it and shove in the minimum for the outing. Then it goes in my purse. I leave the bag w the kid if there’s childcare there and if I forget it there i don’t have to go back if I don’t want to. I always forget stuff! In it there usually is hand sani, snack, and those stinky diaper bags for when I want to contain the bomb. We have to carry around wet pants these days so I like using plastic bags for those. Not the best, but better than ruining pretty fabric w stinky pee.

2 V { 03.13.13 at 5:14 pm }

Great idea. I would also add a plastic bag (or lg ziploc) for wet clothes/a dirty diaper/dirty spoon etc., tweezers for slivers, and a tiny pair of scissors. They come in handy for cutting off bothersome tags in clothing, etc.

3 Heather { 03.13.13 at 8:53 pm }

Thanks for the tips!! Going to add a large ziplock bag and mini scissors for sure!!!

4 Jill { 04.24.13 at 7:12 am }

I love this. I am seriously struggling since I’ve gone back to work with the whole diaper bag / purse situation. Right now I have a purse for work, then when I pick up The Tot from daycare, I’ve got nothing on me if needed. I need a Mom Kit for my purse. Great idea!

5 Jill { 04.24.13 at 7:15 am }

Oh, I should add I don’t have a car, since I live in Manhattan… making this an odd issue. : )

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