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Toddler Take-Along Essentials
The baby stage is sweet and snuggly, but I have to admit that moving into the toddler stage has been somewhat of a relief. When Elvie was a baby, we had to bring so much stuff along with us. My bag was always unwieldy, and I almost always forgot something essential and had to pick up an extra while we were out. These days, there are just six things we need to bring along, even if we will be out all day. My bag is lighter, and we get out more, because it’s simpler. Here are my six essentials that I throw into my bag as we leave.
Just six things, and we're out the door.
Even for a full day out, it’s simple to pack up and head out.
Not only are they one of the few things I need to take along, I can take fewer. Even for a full day out, four extras is usually more than enough. I keep these in a zippered pouch so I can toss it into my bag easily and find it easily when I need it as well.
I put plenty of these in a smaller wipes container that we have, and then I put it in the same zippered pouch that the diapers are in. For diaper changes, or if there are messy fingers that need wiping, it’s easy to grab it out of my bag.
A Sippy Cup
While Elvie is learning to drink from a straw, she’s still not great at it, and it often just makes a big mess when I get a drink for her when we are out. I always take along her sippy cup so she’ll have water to drink when she needs it.
I usually take three along, just in case. Two live in my bag permanently, and the third usually finds its way out the door in Elvie’s mouth or my jacket pocket. Sometimes when we are out, she doesn’t need one at all, but when she needs it (like if she is tired or gets hurt), she really needs it.
Just like the pacifier, we don’t always need this while we are out, but when Elvie needs it, she really needs it, so I make sure to tuck her lovey into my bag.
The Blanket She Sleeps With
Elvie doesn’t always need to nap when we are out, but if there’s a chance we’ll be out during naptime, or if what we’re doing might wear her out, I pack her blanket so she can rest in comfort in her stroller. With that along, all our bases are covered, and I don’t have to worry about being unprepared for whatever situation we may face.