|The Pink Lining Bramley tote in ‘Sunflowers’|
Which camp do you fall into? Are you the mama who keeps her baby bag perfectly packed and tops it up each evening with fresh nappies, extra wet wipes, clean clothes, toys/books and snacks all ready for the next day?
Do you rush around like a frantic person grabbing whatever clothing looks clean from the floor, running in and out of the kitchen grabbing sippy cups/boxes of raisins and rice cakes, hoping the wet wipes/nappies are at the bottom of the bag (as you’ve no time to check) all while trying to get yours and the little’s coats on in time to make playgroup?
f I’m honest I fall into both camps. When Miss Marnie was young I took joy in packing up my baby bag with neat little baby grows, mini nappies and teething essentials each evening ready for my NCT coffee mornings or baby sensory afternoons. Now, with a toddler I find a half filled bag and shove anything within my eye line in hoping it will be enough to entertain/feed or clean up Miss M on a day out.
This has resulted in in getting caught short with no nappies (thank god for other mums and their perfectly packed bags), no change of clothes on one particular day that Miss M decided to throw up (3 times) and on far to many occassions with one glove/sock/no coat and worse – no snacks.
So, in a effort to go back to those ‘hazy’ first baby days I realised I needed to get more organised. You know have clothes set out ready in the morning to make for quick dressing, have lunchboxes/snacks already made-up in fridge and have a baby/toddler bag packed and ready so we can walk to the bus stop rather than ‘lets see how fast these Maclaren wheels can really go.’
So, when Pink Lining offered to send me one of the lovely baby bags – I figured this was the perfect time to get our ‘baby bag’ – or ‘toddler tote’ into gear.
I went for one of the Bramley Totes from the new Spring collection – in the Sam the Dalmatian print. The handbag shaped style means it looks more like a shopper than a traditional nappy bag – making it more of a mama and toddler bag than just a baby bag.
It still features all the usual baby bag essentials (change mat, bottle holder and nappy pockets) – but with the added extra of a pen loop, phone/iPad pockets, key fob on stretchy elastic and even a detachable mirror making it the perfect bag for mamas too.
Since, being sent this bag and loading it up each night (which takes a few minutes), adding in fresh snacks/drinks in the morning and grabbing our coats (which I now place right by packed bag near the front door) – we’ve even managed to get to soft play early!
V. I . BE HONEST: Thank you to Pink Lining for collaborating with me on this post and sending me the tote.