Lululemon shopping totes make the perfect diaper bag alternative for fashion conscious Mom’s on the go. We already talked about how to use a designer bag instead of a diaper bag and just stash the Lululemon shopping bag inside your tote or under the stroller.
Here is a look at the million and one ways I load up my Lulu tote for the kids:
*In the spirit of full disclosure, my totes do not look so tidy. Even with my own packing best practices I am usually running frantically through the kitchen and playroom grabbing whatever I can find, and more than I need, because the kids are already strapped in the car with the engine running.
What I pack:
- Tiny Diner Restaurant Tray – This is a MUST for eating out with babies. It provides a clean surface for kiddos so they aren’t eating off a filthy table or trying to throw plates around. The crumb catcher is perfect to ensure that you aren’t on your hands and knees after dinner picking food off the floor. Best of all, it rolls up on itself and can be cleaned when you get home. You can buy it here.
- Snack – Something that takes a little while for them to get through in case there isn’t bread at the table or the wait for our food is longer than expected. Also I have a picky toddler and almost one year old so sometimes we bring them their own stuff.
- Toy /Activity – Something to keep them entertained if Mom and Dad aren’t enough fun. Not too many so we aren’t losing them. Sometimes less is more and they are more engaged when they just have one toy. This Quiet Book is a god send. I found it on Etsy and bought it for a 8 hour flight to Kauai when Summer was a little over one. She was too young for it then, but really likes it now. I could do a whole post on how awesome Quiet Books are!
As trite as the post might be, sometimes we just need a little inspiration and a pretty picture to motivate us to stop making excuses and get ourselves and those kids out of the house.
Do you have go-to strategies for looking chic while toting around kids stuff? What about packing for eating out with kids? Share your comments below!