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I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects surrounding babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons...I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!
This week's topic is the diaper bag -- post 3!
The next stage is the bigger-baby stage! You’ve made it. You can begin the transition to normal personhood once again. Everyone is still smiling and happy and by now you know that you don’t have to haul around all that stuff!
Once my babies were big enough, I gave up the diaper bag. I was done. I set out to find a nice big purse instead, one I could fill with MY stuff, with some little-people stuff thrown in. I did not carry diapers in there. Or wipes. At this point, I relied on the stash I kept in the car, only it wasn’t as much of an “emergency” box anymore as it was our “standard box of things we might need while hauling around little crazy people.” I kept the diapers, wipes, change of clothes and bags in there.
If I had to drop one of the boys off for childcare, they were sent with either the little bag that held a diaper and a couple of wipes or I just sent them with a gallon-sized plastic bag with the same things in it. However, now that the kids are bigger at this point, and less likely to be satisfied staring at the ceiling, there are some things you may want to consider keeping in your “adult diaper bag.” And no, not adult diapers. The majority of the kid things in my purse at this point are entertainment or distraction in nature:
  • crayons and small pads of paper
  • stickers!!!!
  • small snacks/fruit snacks (sure to make my kids ZIP IT in a minute), goldfish, granola bars, small boxes of raisins (If we are going someplace standard like the grocery store, I know I can make do with one snack, if it’s someplace more complicated than that, I stock up.)
  • a small car or two
  • a small bottle of bubbles (used only as a last resort)
  • a couple of small (and I mean small) toys.
At this age you can probably predict when they do their “business” or need to eat or snack or nap. And because of this you can haul around a lot less on your person. I much preferred to have to run out to the car on occasion than to have to haul around the diaper bag any longer.
Anything you care to add? What is your go-to child distraction/entertainment-in-a-pinch item
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