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Always feeling anxious and unsettled every time you leave the house? 

Feeling that the diaper bag never seems to match your outfits yet it’s such a hassle to switch bags?

Or are you feeling like you’re always carrying more than you should?

To help ease the stress and rush before outings, we like to pack a “go bag” – think of it as a small pouch that holds just the essentials required for a quick outing. For longer outings, all you would have to do is pack the “extras” unique to that outing. E.g. cutlery, food for a meal out, or a picnic mat, sand toys, an extra change of clothes for a day at the beach. 

Though it may be slightly more expensive, getting travel sized packs of tissue paper, wet wipes and diaper cream can be a lifesaver when it comes to cutting down on the things you have to carry. Alternatively, get reusable pouches and bottles, which are easily available at Daiso! Simply top them up home before heading out.

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For Age 0 – 2, our mommy team recommends:

  • At least one change of clothes
  • One or two diapers
  • Tissue paper
  • Wet wipes
  • A bib (or two!) 
  • A plastic bag (to responsibly contain any messes)
  • Diaper cream
  • A rattle or any toy with sound effects (read our toy review here)
  • A small towel
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Now that your children are a little bit older, we can do away with the towel and extra change of clothes to swop it for simple colouring or sticker activities. These activities can keep their little fingers entertained as they practise their fine motor skills, in lieu of screen time. 

This is an age of rapid development, so hunger may strike swiftly. Keep a snack in the bag at all times because children really cannot understand how to wait when they are hungry.

Decision making is a huge part of the “terrible twos and threes”, so involve your child by allowing them to choose the activity or the snack that goes into the go bag. 

For Age 2 – 3, our mommy team recommends:

  • Tissue paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Plastic bag
  • Diaper (as required)
  • Diaper cream
  • Bib (if required)
  • Snack
  • Simple colouring or sticker activities (check out our free downloadable worksheets here!)
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Now this is the age where your kids should be taking ownership of their own go bag! 

Encouraging your child to pack their own essentials helps them learn to be more responsible and take initiative. Having a regular go bag also makes it less of a hassle. Having had a part in deciding what goes into the bag, children are far more likely to commit to doing those activities they’ve packed, rather than ask for more screen time!

Again, your child is rapidly developing so hunger pangs may strike unexpectedly – however, you can encourage your child to wait and be disciplined if the family is only headed out for a meal. 

For Age 4 – 5

  • A simple early readers book, appropriate for their level
  • Tissue paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Plastic bag (this time, not to contain messes but to collect items!) 
  • An activity – e.g. a magnifying glass / a camera / activity worksheets (we’ve got some for you to download here)
  • A snack (optional)
  • Travel card / identification card

At this age, it is important to cultivate a sense of awareness and stranger danger – one of the crafts we loved DIY-ing at home with our children was creating their own identification card, complete with information about mommy’s phone number, home address and other essential information e.g. my house is near XX Mrt station / Bus stop no. XXXX. In this way, if your child is unexpectedly lost, he or she will know how to use this to find their way home.

More tips and tricks here!

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