Celebrating Family Day: Preparing for a Day Out With Little Ones

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Huggies Canada. I am a Huggies #NoBabyUnhugged Mom. As always, opinions are all mine.

As you may or may not know, February 19th this year is Family Day here in Ontario! Today I’m excited to share with you tips I’ve learned along the way – parenting for 14 years, how to prepare to head out to spend a day full of celebrations with little ones!

Hanna is 18-months-old as of the 10th of this month! So, she’s relatively new to the life of being a little one, but she is an in-demand one who knows what she wants when she wants, and boy does she let you know it!

Heading out with the whole family I’ll admit, can be a little stressful for me. I worry I’ll forget things; someone will have an accident – and the messes – I hate leaving messes anywhere we go but let’s face it, with seven kids it’s bound to happen. So, I make sure I’m prepared.

Today, I’m sharing my list with you of must-haves when we go on outings with a little one! To celebrate Family Day, you don’t have to be worried about the little things; I have you covered!

My Top 5 Must-Haves for Heading out of the House With Little Ones:

Diapers: Always be sure to have a few extra diapers on hand when you head out. Sure, you can stop to buy some if needed but I love the feeling of being prepared when I leave the house – do you know how many times I have had to change diapers between point A and point B? No time for stopping at a store. Keep Huggies Little Snugglers on hand and in your bag at all times; you don’t want to be rushing to pick some up at the wrong moments!

Wipes: Huggies Natural Care wipes are so soft and perfectly safe for baby’s delicate skin. The pure and gentle formula made with 99% water, filtered 3 times, are a MUST-HAVE for multiple reasons. Keeping bums clean is #1, but did you know you can use them for many other situations? Face washing, hand wiping and even spills? I have Huggies Natural Care wipes in my bag at all times. I also use them on myself – the pH balance helps promote healthy skin (for little ones, too, of course!). They’re soft, gentle and help with quick clean-ups!

Extra Clothes: I always make sure to have a change of clothes for my little one with me, as well as an extra pair of socks and even a set of PJs. You just never know where things may lead you during the day, and when spending time with your family – things can get long! Be sure to keep some extras on hand!

Snacks: Finger snacks are the ultimate must have in your bag. Little ones get hungry at random times and are always looking for a bite or two. I keep prepackaged items in my purse at all times, but before heading out for a day out, I make sure I cut up some mixed fruit and have other random items on hand, as well. Fresh is always best, but sometimes just having some packages of snacks on hand do the trick!

Medicine/First Aid: I have a small first-aid kit I keep in my diaper bag. With four boys, it’s bound to happen. Someone will scrape a knee, bump a chin or even take a tumble. Having a small, but mighty first-aid kit with even some pain relief is an excellent addition to your bag before heading out for the day. Being smack dab in the middle of some family fun and needing a band-aid and some antibacterial spray isn’t fun. Be prepared!

After 14 years of parenting, I have had a lot of time to work out the kinks of what needs to be taken along and what doesn’t. Having Huggies products on hand has always made me extremely confident, and ready to tackle the fun times we have out as a family. Making sure we have everything packed and prepared is the first thing I do when we plan to head out because I don’t ever want to be stuck forgetting something I know is ideal to have when out with little ones. They can be so messy, and always on the go. Being prepared is a must.

Happy Family Day! Enjoy your families and make the most of your day. Make those special moments count!

What do you always make sure to have on hand if out for the day with a little one?

21 Comments

  • Reply robin rue February 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    How cool is it that you guys have Family Day up there! What a great way to celebrate each other and spend some time bonding and making memories <3

  • Reply Stacie February 19, 2018 at 10:01 am

    First aid, diapers, and snacks. If you have those, you’re golden. I love these tips. I remember going on unprepared once. ONCE. Never again.

  • Reply Easter Babe February 19, 2018 at 10:43 am

    This is a great list of must-haves to have one hand. Sometimes it can be hectic when heading out of the house with little ones. So this is an awesome list of things to prepare the day before you had out to keep things a little less hectic.

  • Reply Nellwyn February 19, 2018 at 10:49 am

    It sounds like you’ve got your routine and necessities down pat! Having snacks on hand is definitely key when going out and about with kids.

  • Reply lb gulley February 19, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Happy Family Day! I am new to Canada and our family just moved to Calgary. It is such a fabulous holiday! Thank GOODNESS my kiddos are out of diapers. But we did love some huggies!

  • Reply Melissa Chapman February 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    All good ideas that I can adapt even to my older kids. Snacks are always so important and wipes so handy. I luckily don’t need diapers for my kids but Huggies are a great brand.

  • Reply hey sharonoox February 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I always make sure to bring enough snacks and sunscreen when we’re out and about with our kid. I wish we have family day where I lived. It’s fun to celebrate this important day. Happy Family Day to you!

  • Reply Neely Moldovan February 19, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    I feel like I always forget something. Last time it was a bib! These are great tips!

  • Reply Pam February 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Extra clothes is a must for toddlers. I don’t know how they get so messy so fast, but they do. Especially when you’re out and about and forgot to bring a spare set.

  • Reply Kelly Reci February 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    When my kids were toddlers, I always overpacked… and for good reason. I definitely believe in an extra change of clothes because you never know when disaster could strike (spilled food, spilled drinks, etc.)

  • Reply Our Family World February 19, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    That’s so nice that you have an especially dedicated Family Day! What an awesome event to celebrate. I love your list of things to bring when you have a toddler. I wish you have a great time and build really good memories of this special day together as a family!

  • Reply AnnMarie John February 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Love these tips that you shared, it’s also perfect for first time parents who are dealing with toddlers. I think it’s really nice that you mentioned having a first aid kit! With kids, you’ll never know what can happen.

  • Reply Veronica Solomon February 20, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I remember those days! I would always forget to grab something. What a handy checklist

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore February 20, 2018 at 2:43 am

    These are really great tips! And really helpful points especially for new moms!

  • Reply Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place February 20, 2018 at 3:02 am

    If you forgot to bring snacks, you might as well just go home. They can get really cranky when they’re hungry! I think these tips are totally accurate. You can’t miss anything from this list.

  • Reply Ave February 20, 2018 at 6:18 am

    I remember that I always had a bag full of things when I was out and about with my daughter. Can’t imagine how it would be with 7 kids. You are amazing!
    Baby wipes, diapers, spare clothes, and some food/snacks were always a must for us!

  • Reply Chei Pangan February 20, 2018 at 10:53 am

    These really a wonderful tips for a family day with toddlers. These huggies products are good! I love huggies too.

  • Reply Kiwi February 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Toddlers without snacks can be scary! Also wipes for potty time is a must!

  • Reply Saidah Washington February 20, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I just had my grandkids over this weekend. My grandson absolutely loves snacks and it’s hard to get him to sit still without them.

  • Reply Babita February 20, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    I remember those days when my kids were babies. I could not leave the house with any of these items missing. Glad you wrote about them. It a great resource for new parents.

  • Reply CourtneyLynne February 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Great list!!! You definitely want to make sure you have plenty of diapers and snacks!!! If you run out of either omg… disaster.

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