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Review of Smiggle school bag


If you ever have to buy a school bag for your toddler, don’t get a Smiggle bag.

When we were hunting for a trolley bag for Liam, we had very few choices for someone his size. When he transferred from infant care to play group class (18 months and above), we wanted him to be independent and carry his own bag to school, or at least pull it along behind him. It had to be fairly sizeable because his bag had to hold 2 changes of clothes, towel, bedsheet, swaddle cloth or blanket, sweater, 4 pieces of diapers, but not too big that it would fall on him.

So we bought a Smiggle. Except for the occasional incident where it falls on its face and I had to pick it up for him, it was treated fairly well. In fact I spent most part carrying it for him because the novelty of a new bag soon wore off, and he was going through a rough 4 weeks adapting to his new class and routine, I found myself carrying both child and bag sometimes. 2 months after we bought the bag, this is the state of it.

The whole in the front pocket was an inch wide 3 weeks ago. Now it’s twice the size.

This morning while packing his bag for school, his zip fell off.

I could probably ninja a new zip but really, for a bag this expensive ($40? $50?), it really shouldn’t be this crappy.

If anyone has suggestions for a trolley bag suitable for a 20 month old about 80cm in height, do let me know!

An afternoon with a toddler


I spent sundayafternoon with my 17 month old niece. It involved:

  • watching her eat her lunch, or rather my mom trying to feed her while she keeps moving her face away.
  • making empty threats if she doesn’t eat.
  • bribing her with strawberry flavoured treats by crowning every mouthful of mushy porridge, which she calls STARS.
  • picking everything off the floor.
  • trying to figure out what she was babbling about as she points at a number of things on the table.
  • agreeing with her that the Twitter icon = “bird”
  • she keeps offering the book in her hand to me and saying “book”. I’m mighty pleased that she equates book to me.
  • accidentally breaking her crayon in half but pretending she did it.
  • laughing with her dad (my brother) when she falls on her padded bum, and then hit her head against the underneath of her baby chair table thing when she tries to get up #clumsinessrunsinthefamily
  • going to the supermarket with her (she didn’t want to sit in her daddy’s trolley but sat in mine, SCORE!)
  • letting her play with an orange.
  • when we stopped at the UHT milk section, she mooed at every single packet.
  • playing “Where is Daaaaaaddy” as we went up and down the aisles searching for my brother.

4 hours later, she was ready for her nap. So am I. #notreadyforparenthood