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Things I Should be Doing

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I’m not having a good day today. Thursday is a nursery day and I am supposed to work on MilkChic, excavate carpets, tables & other “surfaces” and generally deal with the things I struggle with when the small one is awake and in residence. In the spirit of procrastination, and in honour of my favourite blog linkys – Silent Sunday at Mocha Beanie Mummy and Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow, I thought I’d post a “Things I Should be Doing Thursday”:

  • Blogging about cloth nappies for Real Nappy Week (ideally before it’s over…)
  • Designing a leaflet on discreet breastfeeding techniques / clothes that work for breastfeeding to promote MilkChic
  • Cleaning the house – hoovering, removing the fungus growing on the bathroom floorboards (slightly less urgent now I’ve identified it as edible…)
  • Adding more lovely clothes to MilkChic and Armed & Glamorous
  • Building MilkChic USA (yes, it is happening!)
  • Sewing a kilt for Mr MilkChic in time for a wedding in a fortnight
  • Crocheting a blanket for my friend’s new baby (must finish this soon or the blanket will need to be bigger and I’ll have to find more wool)
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Holidays with kids: Lessons learned!

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We have just returned from our first holiday with the small one. It was a wonderful break – our first proper one as a couple, and Greece could certainly teach this country a lot about family friendly (more about that in a separate post…), but travelling with a child for the first time was a real eye opener. These are the things I wish I’d known:
  • There is no such thing as travelling light with a toddler, especially if finances mean you are travelling out of season so the weather is uncertain. My giant suitcase was packed full for the first time in it’s history.
  • Save packing space on nappies & wipes and buy locally. If you’re travelling in Europe, look for a Lidl nearby.
  • Take some simple snacks with you. While you can obviously buy food locally, finding healthy options in an unfamiliar environment can be stressful at first. Trying to persuade a toddler back to a relatively healthy diet after being indulged with icecream for a week is not for the faint-hearted.
  • Cheap buggies really are just as good as the posher models for short term use. We got an old Mothercare umbrella buggy from Freecycle for the week, intending to leave it there but small one became so attached we brought it home. The only things we missed were a more generous recline and the raincover.
  • Toddlers do not connect the fact they are cold and miserable with the freezing water in the swimming pool. If you want to get them out before hypothermia sets in, make sure you have a strong distraction strategy.
  • Air travel doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Having said that, ours was only a 4hr flight and I’m not sure I’d like a longer one… Aisle seats are better than window as you can get out and walk around easily. Take something chewable to prevent ears hurting on take-off and landing. If like me, you’re anti-sweets for little ones, we found chewy sundried fruit worked well. Breastfeeding can also help.
  • We took a few toys and books. We barely used anything except paper & pencils during the week, but found them useful on the flight. If you’re lucky you’ll be sat near other families with kids, who were far more amusing than any toy, as far as the small one was concerned.
  • Remember that you can’t take liquids through to airside. If you will need water for the flight, take an empty cup through and ask a restaurant or similar to fill it up with tap water for you.
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I would love to know what works for you when travelling.

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