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One thing I never really thought about when I imagined having a toddler was still needing to carry around a metric tonne of stuff. To be fair I carry a lot less now than when Max was a baby, but with number two on the way and Max still being a toddler I see a time in my very near future where I'm going to need a bigger bag (and car!).
I have things fairly streamlined at the moment. I keep all Max's essentials in a make-up bag (a 'freebie' from back when the budget allowed those gift-time purchases at the make-up counters), and that gets stashed in my handbag every time we go out.
As you can see Max is now in big boy undies! After months of tearing my hair out thinking that he would never-ever-ever stop wanting a nappy, one day he was just ready. Since that day a couple of months ago he has been happily wearing undies and has only had one or two accidents (with none in public thankfully!).
It was a welcome change, but it has brought a whole new set of challenges. I normally avoid public bathrooms like the plague. I'm not a complete germophobe, but I would much (much!) prefer to wait until I get home rather than using the shopping centre or petrol station facilities. That's no longer an option. Turns out when a toddler needs to go, he needs to go!
The other day I got an email from Dettol asking if they could send me some of their new hand sanitizer to try out & I jumped at the chance. If I'm going to have to use the public bathrooms I definitely want something to kill the germs afterwards :)
I've been using it for the last week (for myself only obviously, it's not meant for use on babies or kids) and I can honestly say I love it. It kills 99.99% of germs (win!), it works instantly and you don't need soap or water, which I love because I think half the time the taps and soap dispensers have more germs on them that anywhere else, and I love that I can use it again once I've finished touching the door to get out of the bathroom. It comes in two sizes, the 50ml bottle that you can see above in my nappy bag and a bigger 200ml pump pack (I have one of those in each of my bathrooms).
At first I just thought of it as something I'd use out and about, but I've started using it at home as well (because we all know mums have to keep wiping bums long after the nappies are gone!). I don't want to completely harp on about it, but the other thing I love about it is that they've added a new variant, cucumber and melon, which moisturizes as well as killing 99.99% of germs (double win!).
Dettol are running a competition over on good old twitter, where they're giving away $200 from babyshopdirect for the top three twitter photos and 40 sample packs will also be given away to selected photos. All you have to do is tweet a photo showing the contents of your nappy bag and include the hashtag #dettolnappybag for your chance to win :)
Entries close 5:00 pm, AEDST on 12th October, 2012. Full terms and conditions here.
And tell me. Those of you who have a toddler and a baby... Is it a challenge carting around stuff for both kids or is it easier than I'm imagining?