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Baby bag checklist for days outCreated by lorna in Age: At School, Age: Baby & Toddler, Age: On the way, Age: Pre-school, Being a Granny-carer
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الخيارات الثنائية الفوركس الساخن One of the highlights of summer is when the grandchildren come to stay and we decide to have a trip out somewhere. Last year it was easy, but now with the addition of a 4-month-old baby, I knew that a simple trip to the local Farm Park would need some thought and the inevitable list. Timing of the trip to coincide with her feed was my first priority. Fortunately her mother was becoming an expert on coping with 3 children and so I followed her advice and it was decided that we would go in the morning.
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- A bottle of baby milk (Avent Thermabag – Grannynet shop £8.99)
- Muslin cloth
- A change of baby clothes
- A portable changing mat
- A dummy
- A portable steriliser (Milton smoother steriliser – Grannynet shop £6.99)
- A sunhat
- Something for the baby to look at or chew
- Rain cover (Cagoule in a Bag – Grannynet shop £15.00)
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- A sunhat
- A jumper or raincoat (depending on the weather)
- A bottle of water
- A snack (Munchkin Snack Catcher – Grannynet shop ££3.99)
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- My purse
- My phone
- Antihistamine cream
- A couple of Band-Aids
- A small sewing kit
- My sunhat and sunglasses
We had a great morning. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Mind you taking them all to the toilet was an experience. Thank goodness for family size toilets, as everyone had to squeeze into together.
The weather suddenly turned hot and sunny so it was decided that we would go to the beach for the day. This would require another list. Feeding the baby would not be a problem as Mummy was coming too but it was left to me to get everything else sorted. My first brainwave was dumping the handbag and using a haversack instead. This meant that most of the previous listed items could be put in one bag and I would still have two free hands. Additional items were:
- A detachable baby car seat
- Swimming costumes and towels
- Buckets and spades
- An igloo (for shade and shelter)
- An icebox full of fingerfood, snacks and drink
- A first aid kit (Grannynet shop £15.50)
We all had a great day. Grandpa found some shade and kept an eye on baby granddaughter. Mummy played with the other two and I just joined in helping where needed. One thing I would recommend is asking the driver to go as near to the beach as possible as carting all the gear to the beach is hard work even if we all helped.
I am very aware that the 4-month-old grandchild’s needs will change as she develops so I have started to look on the internet for some advice. I recommend www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/travel/greatbritishbeaches.
So far I have added the following to my list:
- Travel Potty (Potette Travel Potty – Grannynet shop £14.00)
- Sterlised bottle filled with boiled water and container of baby powder
- Or disposable bottles (Single use bottles – Grannynet shop £3.99) and a carton of ready made milk
- Weaning pots (Weaning pots – Grannynet shop £6.00)
- Cup (First cup – Grannynet shop £2.79)
Anything else you can think please let me know. I do so like being prepared!
By Lorna Edwards