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6 Best Things to Pack When You Have Kids
Having kids means being a teacher, a sermon, a guardian, along with being loving and kind and providing all of the necessities of life. Sometimes on the go, it is hard to always be all of those things. But it is much easier when you are prepared for the worst situations and for all situations that can and could arise.If you are planning on an outing with your baby or older child, here are some necessities that should be considered to come with you, no matter where you go. As a mom of 5, I have found that the times that you don’t pack certain necessities is the time you will need them. Arghhhh!
Do you often forget to bring along extras for your kids?
6 Best Things to Pack for Baby
- Food, either a bottle or crackers/baby cookies
- Extra change of clothes and undershirt
- Blanket, a necessity if you are breastfeeding
- Stroller or baby carrier (umbrella stroller/baby carrier is best to take everywhere for those last minute excursions)
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I have had many situations where I thought, at the last minute, to pack certain items, but have not. This usually ends up with me shaking my head later and wanting to pull at my hair because I didn’t pack these extra items. The same applies when you have older children as well. There are some things that you should have on-hand, for those just-in-case-moments.
6 Best Things to Pack for Older Kids
- Change of clothes
- Colouring book/crayons
- Story books, pencils, crayons, coloring books or paper
Athough I have not mentioned electrical devices such as the Nintendo DS or small tvs for the older child's entertainment, this can be added to you list as well. I like to keep those at home unless we are gone for a long trip because I figure that they get enough of that time as is.
In the cooler weather, extra sweaters or jackets and snow pants can be packed along too. And in the fall and spring, along with the rain, you could consider bringing along an umbrella. In the hot weather you may want to bring along extra swimsuits and extra towels, for those last minute plans.
If you are a stay-at-home mom, you are well aware of the consequences when you forget necessary items. Although I write this down, sometimes I too, forget to bring along some of these items that would be considered a necessary item. That just goes along with being a mom, stretched and pulled in all directions throughout the day and night until you are ready to snap like an elastic band. The key is to balance this out and to remember yourself in the equation.