Out and About

baby bagDespite my best efforts to avoid the situation, sometimes I had to go out with Small.  What proved crucial to any successful trip was a properly stocked baby bag.  This bag contained everything that I might need to survive in the outside world with Small.  So that I never forgot it I stored it right near the front door where I would have to trip over it to get out.

The bag contained certain essential items:

  • Nappies – at least three.
  • Changing mat – lightweight fold/rollup version.
  • Change of clothes (in case of Krakatoa eruption).
  • Baby wipes – lots.
  • Liquid hand sanitiser.
  • Rattley toy and/or fabric book.
  • Calpol (liquid paracetamol/acetaminophen).
  • Sun cream (even in the UK).
  • Finger snacks, like rice cakes, once Small was weaned.

If the trip was longer (or badly timed) I would load:

  • Extra nappies
  • Bottle(s), either made up or with the necessary powders or cartons.
  • Food, a bowl, spoons and bibs, once Small was weaned.

There was a huge range of purpose made bags to choose from but I selected one with lots of handy pockets (one insulated to keep a bottle warm), a washable linings and a built in changing mat.  Like most baby related products, it was expensive but it was an investment worth making: it made life out and about much more efficient and lasted for three Small lifetimes.  Fortunately, being a house husband, the the dilemma of choosing from the bewildering number of bags available was  easier for me because I wanted something blokey, which cut the range down enormously and weeded out most of the more expensive designer models.

Not so much a parenting guide full of advice, more the reality of parenting kids and being a house husband and father, written by a stay at home dad to three children.

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