As a busy mum, it can be really damn hard to stay on top of absolutely everything, all the time.
How is one woman supposed to operate 24/7, looking after both herself AND a mini human/s while juggling the roles of personal entertainer, cleaner, chef, doctor, bank, and taxi? Oh and on top of all of that, she’s also meant to make time to get her hair done occasionally, workout, dress well, and maintain a successful career, social life, and her sanity.
Let’s be honest, no one’s life is really as perfect as they make it seem (trust us, you’re doing great), they just know how to fake it.
Need some tips on how to nail that ‘I’ve got it together’ mum look? These five commandments are for you.
Commandment #1: I will always remember that wet wipes are a mum’s best friend
The amount of mess a baby can make in one day is a mystery to every mum, no matter how many times you wipe their face/hands/entire body. Mums who have it together know that baby wipes are the true hero of this narrative – from sticky faces and snotty noses to spills and stains, they literally erase mess. Wet wipes, coupled with a bib and change of clothes will ensure you maintain the illusion of having it together… even if both you and bub were covered in sticky pink milkshake 10 minutes ago.
If you’re going to be away from the pram and have no clue where you’ll store these little lifesavers, the Livvy and Harry clutch is the grab and go superstar every mum needs. It can hold a small stash of wipes and a nappy as well as your phone and wallet. Plus, would you believe it’s completely spill-proof and wipeable too? Told you those wipes were a necessity.
Commandment #2: I will not sacrifice my style for a baby bag that screams ‘mumsy’
The value of a functional yet chic baby bag cannot be underestimated. Mums who appear to have it together don’t forget anything when they leave the house, and it’s all thanks to a bag that can carry everything. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing on style – your bag should look as good as it is practical. A neutral shade (think grey, tan, cream or black) will ensure you can match it with any outfit or occasion.
Livvy and Harry’s range of bags are your carry-all solution to a nappy bag that looks like a handbag. With plenty of pockets, compartments and reinforced straps, you can fit both your own and your baby’s essentials while remaining oh-so-stylish. Our personal favourites for everyday use are the Leather Tote and Keep It Organised Duffle Bag.
Commandment #3: I will nourish my own body, not just bub’s
More often than not, the problem of a whingey baby (and a hangry mum) can be solved with food. When you’re on-the-go, eating well can be tricky, but keeping a stash of nourishing snacks on hand at all times will stop you reaching for sugary treats. Making sure you have plenty of water at the ready will also help you maintain that glow of health (even if you only got 2 hours sleep last night).
All Livvy and Harry bags come with bottle holders for easy storage and access to formula and water bottles, plus plenty of pockets for stashing grab ‘n’ go snacks.
Commandment #4: I will not forget about my pre-baby style
When you’ve had two hours sleep and are trying to wrestle a grizzling toddler into the car - putting on stilettos, a full face of makeup and curling your hair is not going to happen. Mums who have it together know that a little effort goes a long way – and will leave you feeling (and looking) a million dollars.
An emergency make-up kit is a must-have for busy mums. A little tinted moisturizer, cheek tint and lip balm, plus a spritz of dry shampoo are all you need to freshen up on-the-go. If make up’s not your thing, keep a mini bottle of your favourite fragrance on hand – people who smell good always have an air of ‘togetherness’.
Just because you’re a mum, doesn’t mean you need to give up your personal style – here are five style investments to help you nail that ‘chic and effortless’ look.
Commandment #5: I will make time for me
Whether it’s a workout, getting your hair refreshed, dinner with a friend, or simply taking an hour to read a book and drink a cup of tea on your own, making time for yourself is so important. Mums who have it together know that a little R&R is the best way to avoid burnouts – and nothing says ‘she’s got it together’ like a mum who looks after herself.
Armed with these commandments, you’ll be the envy of every mum you pass on the street.