The more time I spend with small children, the more I am convinced that they have invisible jam-and-Vegemite glands hidden in their tiny hands. They are sticky All. The. Time. That stickiness invariably ends up getting transferred onto you and your clothes, and that’s fine because it’s all part and parcel of being a parent. But every now and again, kids’ inherent messiness crosses the line from “nothing a couple of baby wipes can’t manage” to “just been slimed at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards” — and always at the most inopportune time.
Like how my toddler recently emptied a cup of (not hot) coffee all over herself and Grandma’s white jeans minutes before we were due at a birthday party. Or how a friend’s baby decided to unleash an extreme nappy situation en route to a doctor’s appointment, leaving my friend to walk through a busy shopping centre with a near-naked baby and her own shirt emblazoned with very suspect-looking stains.
In times like these, you either hope that you can beat a hasty exit home or that you are close enough to a well-priced clothing store to buy a new outfit. But how about adding a third option: a change of clothes for you in your nappy bag?
These stylish items are lightweight and fold up teeny-tiny so they’ll fit in right next to the nappies and wipes. Pack them now and thank us later.
Form-fitting jersey won’t weigh your nappy bag down, and these pieces can be crammed into corners without suffering lasting damage.
Twist and go
If jersey isn’t your thing, look for bohemian cotton pieces that are designed to be twisted up between wears to accentuate their natural creases. They don’t take up much more space than a drink bottle in your bag, and you don’t have to worry about trying to look freshly pressed.
And shoes, too
Whether your kids have literally messed you up from head to toe, you’ve had to wade through unexpected mud, or your regular shoes have given you blisters, having an extra pair of shoes on standby doesn’t hurt either. These guys fold up into their own little pouch so you can stash them with ease.
Do you carry a change of clothes for yourself when you’re out and about? And give us your stories about having your outfit ruined by the kids!