Axiom #7

The Dad Network axioms are ‘dad-hood’ proverbs. They pinpoint key principles of dad-hood and refine them down to unforgettable soundbites of wisdom that can be called upon instantly to inform a critical decision. And, as we all know, being a dad is full of critical decisions! 

The tool belt

I’ve learnt the hard way; you cannot leave the house without a shed load of stuff. Stuff that I just wouldn’t ever think of taking, let alone actually being able to locate it and put it in the bag. Here’s my thought, every dad needs a tool belt. Tool belts are cool, they’re masculine and they’re a damns sight better than carrying around your wife’s spotty, floral change bag! In any other situation, a man would never use his wife’s handbag, so why do we in this situation! Extraordinary. So, a tool belt, I think, is the way forward. 

And here’s my essential list of essentials: 

  • Spit rags
  • Snacks – possibly a bottle
  • Bib
  • Nappies / diapers
  • Wipes
  • Spare clothes – for you and the baby
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Plastic bag
  • Mobile phone (with mummy’s number on speed dial) 
  • A hazmat containment kit
  • A torch
  • Compass

In my head it looks like some sort of inspecter gadget, magic tool belt whereby all this stuff fits in. A bit like Batmans belt. That would be cool! 

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