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WRITTEN BY Joanne Elliott, Away with the Kids


DO you remember the first time you had to negotiate stepping out of the house after having your baby? I was filled with dread and thought I’d never make it. I was only to going to visit a friend who already had kids and had kindly offered to cook us dinner. Getting ready was no fun – I had dropped the baby tummy but the bits elsewhere weren’t quite where they should be so nothing fitted. I ended up nicking my husband’s jeans and doing something with a smock and a belt and hoping for the best. My baby bag meanwhile was ready – or


as ready as I could manage: nappies (about 10), wipes (two packs), baby bibs (a few), change of clothes (a wardrobe) and filled to the top with muslin squares. No bottles as I breast fed. It took me an hour and a half to get out of the door.


That was for dinner somewhere already kitted out for babies. Imagine how I felt when we were due to go to the States with a toddler and a baby of three months. Dr. Bach’s rescue remedy was poured down my throat, not sprayed on my tongue, and then I had to give it up at customs. Good job there was a Boots at the other side as a meltdown was likely! What to take? Well, the baby (I hoped) would sleep for some of the eight hour flight – and all she ever needed was my hands to gawp at


made MAY / JUNE 2014


and my boobs. Our toddler had always been a delightful kid but I recognized this was asking a lot even of her. So we packed her Trunki with crayons, colouring and reading books, board games, soft toy, snacks, her blanket (‘Bo’, which I watched like a hawk) and some little card games. It weighed a ton and offered sufficient challenge to wheel to keep her occupied, whilst we struggled with the rest of the luggage.


Our tips! Make sure to take…


• Calpol: In sachet or bottle form. Everywhere. • Arnica cream: It’s magic cream – the girls believe, I believe.


• Sudocrem: I can’t imagine life without it. • Wipes, wipes and more wipes: For mopping up baby sick, wiping bums, cleaning faces and hands, wiping loo seats etc. etc.


• A bag for each child: Filled with ‘To Do’ things and snacks – it makes them feel important and ensures they have stuff they actually want.


• Smartphone/ iPad/ iPod: As an adult we might think ‘never in our day’ but this day is very much theirs and that’s the way it is! Freedom, walks, fresh air – there’s a time and a place – on a long flight anything goes!!!


Good luck out there. n 45


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