Conflicted about choosing a bag for my child (what is the appropriate size for a 2 year old).

The Okaden family will visit Niigata Prefecture in mid-March to participate in the “Nottore! Matsudai Castle” in mid-March.

The adults can manage with the clothes they already have, but my son Takeh is a newcomer. He can wear his usual warm clothes, but we had to buy various other equipment.

One of them is a bag.

He should be able to carry his own diapers, wipes, snacks, water bottle, and anything else he might need on the road.

This is not to say that I want to make the parents’ luggage lighter or easier. It is just that it is difficult to find what you need when you are traveling if both parents’ luggage is mixed up in one bag. It is better to keep the children’s luggage separate and in one place.

This is especially true for things like diapers that need to be changed on the go.

The three of us went to MontBell to look at a children’s bag.

Here, for perhaps the first time in our lives, we felt the urge to look for something he could use as he gets older.

In the past, when we bought clothes or shoes, we thought about buying a size larger. But that was at best an “I’ll be lucky if I can wear this for a year” level of expectation.

But with bag, we need to take a more long-term view. We want it to last at least 3 or 4 years. Is that a stingy idea?

In the end, after much deliberation, we bought a 12-liter bag.

MontBell’s range of children’s bags starts with 6-litre models and is available in increments of 6, 8, 12, 15 and 18 litres. It is true that 12 liters is a bit big for a child’s first bag.

But when I put it on his back, he was in a good mood. I thought he would cry and say,

“They put something strange on my back! “I thought he would cry and hate it, but he was rather proud of it and walked around the store. Okay, I’ll take this one.

I asked him which color he wanted, “Which one do you like better?” I asked him to choose between the two and we decided.

When we got home, I asked him to put his backpack back on. He put different things in the backpack. I was surprised to see that it was bigger and heavier than I had expected. I see, when I bought it, it was flimsy with nothing in it, but it expands a lot when you put things in it. I had bought it without imagining how it would look with things inside.

I had underestimated the 12 liter capacity. I thought about it and realized that it could hold six 2-liter plastic bottles. That’s big. I thought, “There’s a lot more room in there,” and I started adding picture books and sticker books, and it got heavier and heavier. I rushed to reduce the amount of luggage.

I bought a bag that was too big for its current size. But as they say, big is better than small. We decided to start with just a diaper bag, wipes, and a garbage bag. I think that alone will make our outings much more enjoyable.

(2023.02.26)

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