How to have a nice spring day out with a baby

Walking with the Popple at Loch Lomond Shores

Check the weather. It’s going to be sunny! Plan a trip to a nearby country park with farm animals and walking trails. The baby will love it! Decide to leave after the baby’s nap.

The baby refuses to nap.

No worries! She can just nap in the car. Put on her coat and strap her into the carseat. Look that those tired eyes – she’ll be asleep in no time.

The baby does not fall asleep.

You drive to the park and she’s still awake. Decide to keep on driving in the hope that she’ll fall asleep soon. Keep on driving for another half an hour.

The baby is still awake.

Forget the park, you say. She’s not going to nap, so let’s just stop at this place where you can take a boat ride instead. It’s right here.

Pull into the car park. Realise it’s going to cost almost £30 for the three of you to go on this boat.

“F*** it,” you say. “Let’s just go home.”

The baby falls asleep.

The baby is still asleep by the time you get home, so you keep driving. Drive until you hit a leisure/shopping centre. The baby is still asleep. Pull into the car park and eat the lunch that you’d packed for the park in the car, spilling greasy spinach dip all over your coat and covering yourself in oatcake crumbs.

The baby wakes up. Spend 20 minutes attempting to get her to eat cheesy flapjacks in the carseat, even though each time you hand her a piece, she licks it and then tries to feed it to you instead. Smile and pretend that you’re really keen to eat something that’s just been in her mouth.

Get out of the car. The forecast sun is nowhere to be seen. Take the baby into the shopping centre, where she happily walks around the shops, grabbing things off the shelf and throwing them on the floor. When she makes her way into the glassware section, decide that it’s time to take her outside even though it’s cloudy and freezing. There’s a little playground nearby. Maybe she’d like to go on the swings.

The baby does not want to go on the swings.

The baby just wants to walk around in front of the shopping centre. Such a big open space! So many strangers to approach and dogs to chase! Spend the rest of your afternoon holding the baby’s hand while walking back and forth in front of the shops while wind slaps you in the face. Your back hurts. You are so cold.

The baby is so happy.

29 Replies to “How to have a nice spring day out with a baby”

  1. Ha ha just brilliant – love your writing style! That previous trying to get baby to sleep like your life depends on it – love it!

    1. Thanks! I feel like most of my day is dedicated to trying to get the Popple to sleep.

  2. This is so true! You put so much thought into buying them an interesting toy OR taking them somewhere cool and … They play with the box or demand to be taken to the usual places and you wonder why you bother!

    1. Exactly! They’re entertained by pretty much anything, yet we insist on trying to give them exciting experiences and expensive toys. When will we learn?

  3. Totally always the way!! It’s like they are programmed to know your good intentions!! Bugger. Hope you get another sunny day! #bestandworst

    1. I hope so too – there hasn’t been much sun in Glasgow lately!

  4. Sometimes it’s just far too much effort to take a toddler out! x

    1. Agreed – but you can go crazy if you just stay in!

  5. Just typical. Trying to second guess what your toddler wants/needs is so difficult. Let’s hope for sun! TY for linking up with #FamilyFun 🌸

    1. I should really just stop trying to plan things and just go with the flow – we’re all so much happier when there are no expectations!

  6. I’ve given up trying to organise anything nice like this as it often tends to go wrong! There’s nothing like a good run around a shopping centre! #coolmumclub

    1. I think there will be a lot more shopping centre trips in our future.

  7. Great post – it really made me laugh (and brought back some memories…)! #familyfun

    1. Glad it gave you a chuckle!

  8. LOL! I have so been there so many times. Like with all things in parenthood, the only way to get through anything including days out is to have NO expectations. Then we can all be happy haha! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub hon x

    1. Yup, no expectations is the way to go! I’m slowly coming to accept that.

  9. It is impossible to plan anything isn’t it as it is always the opposite!! #bestandworst

    1. Plans are worthless with babies/toddlers – you just never know what they’re going to do!

  10. At least the popple had a good time! Anticipating nap time is a nightmare isn’t it!? I may be niave with my little one being a little bit younger than the popple, but I like to carry on regardless of the nap. So far he’s not had any serious meltdowns! #familyfun

    1. I’m a bit obsessed with naps because the Popple gets so angry if she skips one, which has been happening more and more lately. I’m afraid she’s going down to one nap – I’m not ready!

  11. Oh this is horribly familiar! Love this post, really funny. The best laid plans hey!? Really well written. #familyfun

    1. Thanks! It’s good to know I’m not the only one who has tried – and failed – to make plans with a child.

  12. You do make me chuckle! The Popple is so cute ❤️ It is funny how they like to scupper any and all plans. What is it with fighting sleep?! Drives me crazy when he’s so tired but insists on being awake, especially if I have a baby group or something planned an hour later so am desperate for him NOT to be tired at that! #coolmumclub

    1. I hate it when they want to nap at inconvenient times! I’ve tried to schedule the Popple’s naps around baby groups and other events too, and inevitably she wants to go to sleep in the middle of whatever we had planned.

  13. Haha, spot on. My youngest loved to walk about freely and he was the happiest. X #EffitFriday

  14. This literally happens to me all the time! Great post 🙂 Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you tomorrow #bestandworst

  15. This is my life. Full stop. Except added to the baby that needs to sleep but won’t I have the three year old who shouldn’t sleep but does…..x

  16. Nap roulette! Getting everything ready, all the baby essentials packed up – the human element always messes up the plan. 🙂

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