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A quick parenting hack for trips to the park

It being winter we have been struggling recently with getting the kids out, if it’s not raining then everywhere is wet and muddy and generally a bit bleugh. I do believe that kids need to get out in the fresh air, but with my daughter having asthma and myself having Raynaud’s Disease I’m going to be honest and say that I’m not one of those who will go out no matter what it’s like outside! After meeting with a friend and her children last week last week though we came up with this parenting hack for trips to the park that is super simple and makes it easier for your kids to play if the weather has been less than awesome.

parenting hack for trips to the park

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So, picture the scene. The park, two grown ups, five kids with one heck of a lot of energy and a playground that is soaking wet. Of course the kids can (and often do) get wet but in this cold weather it’s not nice to be running around in wet clothes from sitting on the roundabout and of course a change of clothes just means another set of clothes to get wet. Of course you could bring a towel to the park, but who has room in their bag for a towel? Not me, mines crammed with half eaten packets of raisins and clip on Elsa dresses. All the normal essentials.


Of course there is one more thing that I also carry. One thing that doesn’t take up much space and that I normally carry one too many of.

Nappies. Because what else is as compact and is all well designed to suck up liquid? I found a spare nappy and we used it on the slide, on the seat on the roundabout, wherever it was needed. We soaked up enough water in that little nappy that the kids could play happily without getting wet and we could have a natter in (relative) peace. So there you go, that’s my parenting hack for the one little thing you should always take with you to the park! What else do you always take?

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Kid on a slide photo via Shutterstock


  1. 12th January 2016 / 10:06 pm

    What a great idea! So simple, and easy to do. I always dreaded going to the park with my kids in this kind of weather, and am so happy they are past this age. On the other hand I no longer have handy nappies 🙂 Loved this post 🙂

  2. 16th January 2016 / 8:41 pm

    What a clever idea and something I have never even thought of before even though I have a one year old and always have a changing bag with us. I will be using this idea next time we visit the park and the swings are a bit damp xx

  3. 23rd May 2016 / 3:57 pm

    If the park has sand, you can also throw sand on top of the wet spots. Wait a few moments and then simply push the sand off and the water will go with it. It does work best with dry sand (like sand from the covered areas and under the jungle gym), but it’ll do it with damp sand as well. Here in Southern California, that’s the trick we use after it rains.

    • Shawna
      8th March 2017 / 3:27 am

      Love this idea! Thank you!

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