if there’s one thing i love more than anything, it’s getting out the front door with all three of my kids and exploring new york city. it’s that feeling of independent exploration, almost like we’re our own little bubble floating around the city, coming in contact with different sights and sounds and scents, and not really knowing what’s going to happen next… it’s that sort of spontaneous experience that keeps a day fresh, which makes me love our city life. i know i’ve blogged about these feelings before, but i’m so glad my little crew likes adventures and being out in new york as much as i do! and truth be told, i often just feel super proud and almost unstoppable just by getting to the front door successfully with all three children! yes, we’re sometimes an hour behind our tentative departure schedule, or maybe circling back home because someone forgot to go potty, but we’re on our way! and ready to spend an active and adventurous day together… i just love that feeling so much.
i’m partnering with band-aid brand today to share a couple of things i always bring with me for a day out with the kids. after about almost 5 1/2 years of packing some sort of diaper bag for being on the go, i feel like i’ve gotten pretty good at knowing what is actually worth hauling around all day and what to leave home (although truth be told there have been a few times where i’ve totally spaced and left home without diapers and wipes and yes, those were the days i absolutely needed 9,3865 wipes and at least 3 diapers in an hour for the very obvious reasons.)
my first word of advice when it comes to diaper bags is to get yourself a backpack! i only figured this nugget of wisdom out maybe a year and a half ago and i’m still bugged i didn’t catch onto this sooner. having the weight of what i’m carrying evenly distributed on my back makes a huge difference when we’re out all day, especially since my core strength isn’t what it once was three births ago and i often over compensate when carrying a bag on just my shoulder or side.
i’d have to say the most important thing i carry around with me as a city mother is my very trusted hand sanitizer. we buy it in bulk and then i try to place them in the bottom of every single bag or backpack i own and forget about them so i always have extra on hand. other necessary items include your usual 2-3 diapers and wipes, my wallet, water and a few small and easy to carry around snacks for the kids, a couple of little books or tiny toys for lines/time on the train, etc (those itty bitty play-doh canisters are so great for entertaining in a pinch). sunscreen for those freckle kissed noses and my lipstick (won’t ever leave home without it) as well as a very well charged cell phone. all essential in my opinion. also, being the mother of very active children has taught me to never go anywhere without a little first aid kit on hand. target sells the adorable oh joy kit, which you can get for free when you buy three or more qualifying products. or just bringing a few band-aid bandages and neosporin in a little ziplock bag or little zippered pouch does the trick. with my little ones, even the slightest and teeniest scrape or bruise from an exciting day at the playground needs to be tended to immediately, and i like having my bases covered whenever i see them running over to me at the playground for some doctoring up by mama and her band-aids. i’ve blogged about it before, but the neosporin pain, itch + scar ointment is great and i’m always impressed with how quickly and gently it works its magic.
this photo has to be my favorite photo of samson right now. he has worked so hard to learn how to do the monkey bars all by himself and he’s doing it now! all by himself! it reminds me of how he was scooting on eleanor’s scooter before he was walking, or climbing up the ropes and ladders at the playground jungle gym as he was just learning to crawl. i am really proud of his determination to do things on his own, and it makes me proud to see him accomplishing what he sets his mind to!
and then we have conrad, who takes after this brother samson except even more so and wants to do everything samson does! so hanging out at the monkey bars is what we do together most of the time when we’re around a playground. ;)
if someone would have told me before i had kids that i would enjoy spending my days at the playground with them, i would have probably really questioned them. but being with these kids anywhere in the city is always a good time. a little bit chaotic, sometimes dramatic and occasionally sticky, but a good time for sure.
what is a day in new york city without some pizza on a park bench at some point in there?! i don’t know if this is something i should be proud of, or if this means we need to cut back on the pizza, but eleanor and samson both know how to navigate a lot of the neighborhoods in the city and have incredible direction, so if we’re walking somewhere in the village and it’s not in the direction of joe’s pizza, they’ll let us know we’re going the wrong way! haha!
she wanted to bring her watermelon purse and also her camera for our day out! so she did!
thank you to band-aid brand for sponsoring this post and also always helping mend our tiny scratches and boo-boo’s for our life on the go!