Pregnant with AJ and revelling in the idea that I was about to become a mum, I would spend so much time shopping and preparing. Overwhelmed by all the cute little baby clothes and toys it was a rare day when I would go out and not buy something for bub. Yet among the baby blue rompers and stuffed giraffes the one place that would leave me feeling like I absolutely needed to buy all the things was the baby aisle at the supermarket. I would stand there in awe of all the products I had to have. Sweet smelling lotions, shampoos, soaps and talc; it was baby shopping nirvana.
So when two babies grew up to be two mischievous little boys part of me dwelled in the nostalgia of shopping in that magical supermarket aisle. Yet another part of me had her feet firmly planted in reality and realised that some baby products I just can’t live without.
Like all of us, I am a time poor mummy, which means that the things I need to do for me are often the things that I have the least amount of time for; like washing my hair. Long showers with double washes and long conditions are left for the rare visits I have at the hairdresser. My fool proof shampoo is the Johnson and Johnson shampoo conditioner two in one. It leaves my hair squeaky clean, conditioned and smelling great. What is better? When we travel, we pack one bottle between the four of us.
I can’t live without baby oil. Who knew? I use it to easily take off temporary tattoos from all the places that PJ manages to adhere them to, whether it be his skin or around the house. Perfect for getting rid of stubborn face paint that has glued onto little faces after birthday parties. And while I seem to be colouring my hair at home more and more these days, it is the perfect trick to get rid of excess hair colour from ears and odd spots I have managed to splash it on my face.
Talc, now truth be told, I never used talc with my little baby boys. It was always one nappy rash cream or another. But I do use talc for myself. Especially for summer and on days when I know those thighs are going to sweat and rub. I also think that there is no better way to hold onto that baby smell than with talc, maybe for that reason alone I will always have a small bottle in my vanity.
And the one thing I cannot live without and will always have on hand are baby wipes. I thank the day that wipes came into my life. Whether it be in my handbag, in the car, in a backpack or just sitting on our coffee table – we always have and always seem to need wipes. It is not just my boys that get into a sticky mess, I do too and love the way wipes manage to get hands clean, sauce off shirts and even shoes spick and polished just before stepping out. Never underestimate what a wipe can do.
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Disclosure: The Bay Items I Can’t Live Without was written in collaboration with Johnson and Johnson, for over 120 years mum’s have trusted J&J to help care for their little ones. All opinions expressed are my own.