The 6 mummy essentials in my ‘mummy kit’

Life with a newborn, Life with a toddler, Life with baby, Parenting
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After almost 17 months of being a mummy, I’ve learnt a few lessons. One, being mummy needs to look after herself. A few essentials should always be kept close at hand, slotted into the changing bag, beside the sofa, popped in a kitchen cupboard.


The Mummy Kit really is essential…

1) Hand cream

Hand cream is a must must MUST have. Why?

1. Nappies are terrible things, and you spend your waking and sleeping hours changing nappies, then, as the nappies trail off…

2. Weaning takes over and that involves washing your hand and dishes and picking up so much half chewed food you wouldn’t believe how many times you actually wash them, never mind the fact that…

3. Pram pushing exposes your hands to every element going. Well, if I’m honest, today we’ve had sun, rain, hail and snow… so this is a biggie, even at the end of April.

4. Remember the past… you used hand cream before you had baby and that was just doing every day stuff… so now it’s even more of an essential.

5. Mummy time – yes, that 2 seconds of smothering my hands in cream really feels indulgent. How sad is that!

2) Nail essentialsnail scissors, clippers, files – I’m constantly breaking nails, and scratchy nails are not good!

3) Tissuesyes, you have baby wipes and they work for everything, but tissues are good for mopping up too!

4) Hair bobblesyou go for that walk, and five minutes later realise you’ve been so intent on baby and the relief of being out of the house after half an hour of trying to leave, you suddenly notice it’s really windy and you can’t actually see.

5) Sweets or chocolateyou will need a little sugar rush between the walks, nappies and feeding cycles. The number of times lunch is ridiculously early, or late, or forgotten.

6) Hydrationyes, coffee, tea, squash, but water is a definite must have! A sports bottle makes it easy and also helps avoid spills – face it as a mummy you have enough to clean up!


What do you think? Would you add anything?

If you agree, please share this with any of your mummy friends, and your pregnant friends too 🙂 Thank you!

Lynne x


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    Fionnuala Three Sons Later
    April 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Yes to all of these, especially water and hand cream if you want to come out the other side of motherhood looking your age and not 20 years older. I find that a mini tin of Vaseline is great to have too -just as handy for chapped lips as it is for patches of dry skin on yourself or a child.

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    Kim Carberry
    April 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Yes! To everything! I don’t carry much in my handbag but I do carry everything you have mentioned as well as some mints…hehehe x
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    Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    April 30, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I’m with you on all of these but especially the hand cream – my hands are battered from constant hand washing! Thanks for sharing xx #justanotherlinky

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    Emma Jones
    April 30, 2016 at 8:09 am

    100% on hand cream my hands got really sore from constant washing in the early days. #justanotherlinky lifeinthemumslane
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    April 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I love the inclusion of a little mum boosting snack!
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    Michelle G
    April 30, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    This is really useful, and captures those little things that you need that you never really think about #KCACOLS
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    Allyson Greene
    May 1, 2016 at 2:07 am

    So true, though my purse is now a wasteland of suckers, a sock, and other varied items lol! #KCACOLS
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    May 1, 2016 at 6:42 am

    ha ha – mine used to look like this but now hand cream the same but i’ve added lipstick, costa coffee card and sunglasses – ah there is light at the end of the tunnel you see! Funny post though #KCACOL
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    Sara Skillington
    May 1, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I carry most of these. Water is probably the one I couldn’t do without. Love the idea of the Club! I have recently tried to de clutter my handbag but didn’t actually get very far. Well you never know when you might need …. Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you return next Sunday 🙂
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    May 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Oh this is such a great post with a really useful list! I will be sharing this 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    May 1, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Raisins for emergency snacks! #KCACOLS
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    May 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    hand cream, hair bobbles and a cereal bar were my go-to items when my boy was smaller and we went out and about to baby groups. I’d always miss breakfast and the cereal bar would stop the shakes after my morning can of red bull :/ #KCACOLS
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    May 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Yes to all of these, especially the little snack! I always have a little something sweet in my bag, or pocket, or on my bedside table! x #KCACOLS

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    Jessica Powell (Babi a Fi)
    May 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Ooh, great selection! I always have a little pack of ricola or something in my bag! x #KCACOLS
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    May 2, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Great list for mums! I also carry a lip balm as my lips take a battering in the wind! #fartglitter

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    Mrs Taylor
    May 2, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Very helpful! I’d add paracetamol and lip balm. #fartglitter
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    mainy - myrealfairy
    May 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Vaseline for everything and more. Cant do without it:) Plus…all of the above!

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    Jade Lloyd
    May 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Yes these are fab, I never used hand cream before being a mummy! I think I would add lip balm, baby wipes….definitely chocolate…multiple bars if I can! Lovely post # KCACOLS
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    Becky @ Educating Roversi
    May 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I never used hand cream until I became a mum, now my hands get so dry that I have to! I always have a tangle teaser to hand to tame my mane, rather than a bobble as I don’t like having my hair up. #KCACOLS

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    Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    May 3, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Oh my word it’s been so long since I had a Club biscuit I’d forgotten about them. Shame on me. Definitely with you on the snacks and water. Especially when breast feeding. I felt like the boob pump was leeching every drop of moisture out of my body.

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    Jen @Practical, By Default
    May 3, 2016 at 11:58 am

    This is a great list! I never used hand cream before children actually, but when I returned to work it became a “need”. Yes to the nail kit, oh man! Water, absolutely, plus it’s great for filling the children’s cups because seriously I love my kids, but no way am I drinking after them! EW backwash! ick! lol #KCACOLS
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    Someone's Mum (Danielle)
    May 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Bobbles definitely! I never have the others anywhere near me… but then I don’t usually even carry a handbag. I probably should carry things like this but I am a ‘remember to moisturize once a month and bite nails off’ kinda girl. I know, I’m a slob! 😉 #BloggerClubUk

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    Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb)
    May 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Lat week i attended my friends baby shower, i brought her chocolates, hand cream, shower gel etc. I didn’t think of hair bobbles though! #bloggerclubuk
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    May 5, 2016 at 7:01 am

    So so true! I absolutely hate being without hand cream and hairbands, such a Mummy thing to say haha! #coolmumclub

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    May 5, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Yes to all of these – especially hand cream and chocolate! #coolmumclub
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    Kat Eat.Love.Live
    May 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I love your mummy kit, it’s perfect! I would probably add a muslin (I’m never without) and hand sanitiser x #BloggerClubUk
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    Tall Mum in Manchester
    May 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Sounds like a great list. I’m already using heaps of handcream at 6 months pregnant and by all accounts that’s only going to get worse. Having water and a sugar fix on hand are already in my arsenal. Useful tip about nail clippers and hair bobbles too. #coolmumclub

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    Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn
    May 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Hand cream -check, nail file – check, tissues – check! My nails used to be nice and long pre-baby, but now they are short and neat as it’s way more convenient and safer. I also carry Carmex and some paracetamol! x #TheList
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    May 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I clearly don’t care enough about my nails ha ha! Wouldn’t ever think of carrying the nail bits – but always bobbles and clips for the girls, a lip balm, and about 30 tampons ( I think I add one each month and never take any out hee hee!)
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    Silly Mummy
    May 5, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Yes to handcream and chocolate! Hands are awful since having children! #KCACOLS
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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    May 6, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Really useful list! I’m definitely adding some nail scissors to my bag – I only realise my son’s need cutting when I’m out and he’s managed to scratch me but I’ve not got any to hand – then I end up forgetting! I have 3 pairs, I’m sure I can spare one for my #KCACOLS
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    tracey bowden
    May 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, yes and yes! Now my daughter is 10 I have handy wet wipes, plasters and shopkins!!!! 100% complete mum bag I have #kcacols
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    The Speed Bump
    May 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Totally agree with you – these are absolute must-haves for any parent! #KCACOLS
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    Something Crunchy Mummy
    May 6, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    These are great essentials – I have them all! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx
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    Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    May 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Sweet is a good one – no harm to have a little bribery ready for action! I used to have chuba chub lollies in the bag – but sometimes the wrappers just won’t come off! And I’d only take the lolly out in emergency situations – so a wrapper I couldn’t get off & ended up trying to bite off just made it all worse! lol Thanks so much for linking up with #bloggerclubuk x
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