My husband and I just welcomed our first baby into the family. Needless to say, it's been an adjustment. I think all the moms out there will agree that within the first couple weeks (or months) of baby's life, the word luxury gets redefined. On my list of luxuries these days are hot baths, sleeping through the night, wearing the same outfit all day and carrying my own pre-baby handbag.
At the same time, I've found that carrying a diaper bag can actually be quite convenient. Anything can happen when you're a mom, (and seriously, I mean anything) and there's a lot of stuff in there that'll help you cope.
Here's a few things I've found in my brief months as a certified (certifiable?) mom.
Baby use: Protecting that sweet little baby bum
Mommy use: Ultra cheap, and über effective dry shampoo.
I have tried out my fair share of dry shampoos, and nothing quite compares to good ol' fashioned baby powder. Just a sprinkle and you're good to go.
Baby use: Smooth, soft skin
Mommy use: Shaving gel
This stuff works wonders. Not only is it great for razor glideability, but it leaves your skin silky smooth after you're dried off. You can use the oil or the oil gel. I prefer the gel because it's a little thicker and doesn't leave the tub a treacherous oil slick. Just make sure to rinse your razor well afterward, or it'll get goopy.
Baby use: Diaper changes, nose wipes, etc.
Mommy use: On-the-go spot treatment
Sure it's not the same as actually washing your clothes, but when you're away from home, baby wipes are awesome for wiping off those minor spills.
Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo (or any gentle baby shampoo will do)
Baby use: A clean, yummy smelling body
Mommy use: Makeup brush cleaner
You should clean your makeup brushes once a week, and baby shampoo is a gentle yet effective way to remove all of last week's brush buildup.
Baby lotion (I use Burt's Bees)
Baby use: Moisturized skin
Mommy use: Moisturized skin
OK, so this one really only plays double duty by letting you get more use out of it. I may be the only one, but as a mom, I wash my hands about a million times a day. And with the Utah climate, my skin gets dry year-round. Baby lotion is moisturizing, but not greasy.