We all know that a well-stocked changing/hand(/man?!) bag is one of the most vital and satisfyingly reassuring pieces of parenting kit. The contents are a window into the changing lives of our little ones, early on it’s all about the nappies, wipes and muslins, then before you know it its out with those and in with the snacks, iPad, matchbox cars and peppa pig paraphernalia. But one thing many of us don’t carry with us (and apologies here to the super organised amongst you, and hats off to you!), is a simple first aid kit.

Well, local Mum Maria Taffurelli is about to change all that with her Little Rescue Kit. Mum to two very active, fearless, slightly accident prone children (sound familiar anyone…?), she was fed up of searching through her handbag for plasters or antiseptic cream and realised what she needed was a handy kit containing all the essentials for bumps and scrapes. Being a firm advocate of natural and organic products, she wanted something that was free of chemicals and started looking into natural antiseptics. A few trials later, Little Rescue Balm was created and Little Rescue Kit became a reality.

Each kit contains Little Rescue Balm (15ml), 22 assorted hypoallergenic plasters and five alcohol-free wipes, all neatly packed into a compact, hard-wearing aluminum tin. The tins come in four colours – blue, green, pink and yellow and there’s even space to add your own first aid essentials – maybe some tweezers for splinters, nail scissors or teething powder. The 100% natural Little Rescue Balm is packed with powerful ingredients to disinfect and aid the healing of playground cuts and grazes, while its calming scent helps to soothe and comfort.

Having tested the Little Rescue Kit on a recent holiday, we found it came in very handy on a number of occasions; the alcohol free wipes meant no wincing when cleaning up after a fall, and the balm helped not only to soothe knee scrapes, but also to reduce itch and irritation from insect bites. It also helped that our daughter really loved the (pink, obvs), tin and cute little Rescue Balm pot, as well as the lovely lavendery scent. She was so keen in fact, that she would ask for the cream to be put on (‘I need cream on!’) which definitely can’t be said for most antiseptic-type creams! It has now become an essential item in our changing bag, so we’ll never get caught out plaster-less again!

Great news – Queens Park Mums members can currently get 20% off a Rescue Kit, using the code qpm2015 at the checkout on the Little Rescue Kit website. The Kits and Balms are also available at our friends Bel and Nev Café on Station Terrace in Kensal Rise – just show your QPMs card at the till to get your discount.