Despite 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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