Tag Archives: outing

Dress for Success

12 Nov

How do you dress to take a kid out in a Cliff Mass worthy storm (or even just an average November afternoon)?  Here’s what we’ve found works well, but I’m curious how others manage.

Layers: a young baby needs to wear at least 1 layer more than you. She’s not walking or hauling another person around.

Minimize: toddlers and older children should have the maximum warmth/waterproofing with the minimum possible number of items. Carry extra clothes and expect to lose socks, hats, rain pants, boots, and other items that you don’t expect to but will somehow lose. Better yet, invest in a small sturdy backpack and have them carry these items (along with snacks, toys, etc–another post).

Focus on top and bottom: both the head and feet leak heat and both are easy for baby to uncover. I always stash a hat in my pocket and dress the kid in a jacket with a hood. If she loses two hats, at least we have some protection. Same with socks: a pair on the feet, a pair in my pocket, and footie outerwear. (Our fuzzy pants have puppy faces…aww!)

Use your pockets: you might not even need a diaper bag if you have enough pockets. Inside jacket, vest, raincoat–more than enough space for everything we need. I carry a small collapsible shopping bag for bringing home any purchases.

Product mentions: the Ergo Baby carrier has great pockets and a built in rain hood. You can also buy additional items that attach to the carrier–a diaper bag & a carry pouch.  The Moby is easier to wear when you don’t plan to take the carrier off for a while and it adds a layer of warmth. I found a vest and poncho on Suze’s Kinder , a site that specializes in outerwear for baby wearing. So far, I like the poncho. The vest has arm holes and can be used when carrying baby on the front or back. I like it, but I’m concerned that the zippers might not last long.

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Orca adventure

14 Oct

We took advantage of the incredible sunny weather today and went on an Orca adventure. Light rail to University St. Station ($1.75), then a short walk to the ferry terminal. I didn’t have a plan, I just knew I wanted to get on a boat in the sunshine!

Choices at the terminal include Argosy Cruises, WA State Ferries (Bainbridge, Bremerton, and Vashon) and the King County Water Taxi (aka West Seattle Water Taxi). I’d like to take a day trip to Bainbridge, but I need more information about what’s accessible without a car.Pier 55 on weekdays, Pier 50 on weekends

The Water Taxi goes between downtown Seattle and Seacrest Park in West Seattle. It’s only $3.50 ($3.00 with an Orca, kids under 5 ride free) and a 10 minute ride.  It’s currently operated by Argosy, so look for their signs.

It was a pleasant ride, especially nice on the upper deck. There’s a small snack bar–helpful if you’re hungry and also a good way to break larger bills. The Water Taxi requires exact change.  I used my Orca card, which was much more convenient than digging for change–plus I saved $.50!.

Once we were in West Seattle, I ordered some delicious fish and chips from Alki Crab & Fish Co. If I had done my research, I probably would have asked for the order to go and hopped back on the ferry. In the future when traveling alone with baby, I’ll jump back on. If I’m with a friend and it’s happy hour, I’ll hit the deck for something yummy–the drinks menu looks good. Excellent fish and chips, reasonably priced, great view. Very friendly staff and every customer cooed over the baby.

Note: there is no changing table and the restroom is an unheated park restroom. I changed the baby on the grass in the sun, but on a rainy day you’ll be limited to a wet concrete floor or inside the restaurant. Not good choices.

This was a fun outing with baby, but would be even more fun with an older child. My 9 year old niece really enjoyed the trip last summer, and pronounced the tartar sauce at Alki Crab & Fish “the best!”