We’ve practically all got a handbag or changing bag post somewhere in our archives; it’s an easy post to do when you have bloggers block! But what is in your toddlers bag…?? This is a question I daren’t ask someone on the spot, we’ve probably all left a mouldy banana skin in there, a snotty wipe that’s so old its dried leaving the remains of our child’s nose for the world to see, a sneaky packet of chocolate buttons that we claim is for the child. But what do you really need in your toddlers bag? It’s coming up to summer and we’ll all be packing bags for days out so I thought I’d do a little checklist to make sure none of us forget the necessities again…
A given for toddlers, even if they’re in the process of potty training they probably still need the odd nappy just for the longer days out. They also make perfect thirst pockets for spilled drinks in the car…
Again, a must. But not just for toddlers bum, but for when us parents use a public loo and there’s no tissue. Also needed to wipe sticky faces in an attempt to protect from wasps, to get sand from in between toes when putting shoes back on and to cool sweaty children down.
You know that one time you don’t take them will be the time toddler decides to discover just how much they like the sea or to drop an ice cream. If not needed by toddler they can also be used to dry wet feet after a paddle, a sun cover for toddlers neck (seriously a top tucked in their hat can cover the back of their neck if needs be) and to prop up toddlers head when they fall asleep on the way home.
Sounds a strange one and this one only really applies to the beach, but you never know when you’ll end up there in the summer do you? Talc is perfect to get wet sand off. All those little sticky grains that refuse to budge won’t stand a chance against talc.
So many people don’t have reins for toddler but I can’t recommend them enough! I let J run free most of the time but those times when we’re by roads or in places where there is potential danger it gives him the chance to still run around but under my control. A definite must for toddlers!
Snacks, toys, books… most parents think that this is top priority and fills the bag with this before anything, having to minimise said distractions to fit the rest of the necessities in! We’re all guilty of it, taking out every snack possible, just in case we have that major tantrum in public and we need to bribe them to get them home.
Sunny, cloudy, windy… whatever the weather in summer put it on. And reminisce as you do so singing ‘Wear Sunscreen’ to your child as you do so. They’ll think you’re the wisest person on Earth, they don’t know we stole it from Baz Lurhman.
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The thing I have found with a child is that while you often feel like you need to take the kitchen sink with you in order to be prepared for any possible scenario, you don’t actually need that much and you can usually improvise. Improvisation is the key to parenting, especially on these long days out!