Condoms and diapers: The complex anatomy of a single mom’s purse

It’s a scientific fact of life: having a kid exponentially increases the amount of crap you’re required to tote around on a daily basis. Taking care of one or more little rugrats calls for a ready stockpile of supplies. And if you happen to be a busy single mom, then the list of necessary accoutrements gets even longer.

Out in the world, a single mom’s one true ally is her bag. Even the most adorable and well-behaved kids are still tiny vessels of dirt, mucus and bodily fluids (ew). You need to be packing some serious anti-bacterial artillery to combat the inevitable germs that kids will encounter — not to mention saving room for your own makeup, gum, and sunglasses.

On the new SHOWTIME comedy series SMILF, 20-something Bridgette Bird is constantly in motion, and spends most of her days living a semi-nomadic existence. And, unlike some other single moms out there, Bridgette sometimes doesn’t give a f*ck. Her backpack is basically a Pandora’s box of underwear, crayons, pacifiers and (*ahem*) slightly more adult accessories.

It’s no wonder that finding her keys in her bag often seems more difficult than locating the Lost City of Atlantis (or, you know, finding a reliable guy to have sex with her).

No matter what kind of mom you are (whether you’re a fastidious, organized type, or a DGAF type like Bridgette), one thing’s for sure: small though they may be, the contents of your bag are pretty much the only things standing between you and insanity.

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SMILF premieres November 5 on SHOWTIME but you can snag a sneak peek of the first episode, which is streaming now.

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