I’ve always loved going to festivals, and that was never going to stop when I became a mum. Before I entered the world of parenthood I always used to feel a faint twinge of jealousy passing awesome kids zones that have become increasingly extravagant over the years, part of me wishing I could borrow a little person to make the most of the fun they had to offer.
Fast forward to life with a toddler and I’m not sure that there’s anywhere it is possible to recapture the sense of fun and freedom of a pre-parenthood social life quite as fully as in the fields of a festival.
This year our favourite festival so far is probably Somersault. We went with a bunch of friends, including not just one but three toddlers. The weather was not strictly on our side – alongside a day of sun we had many hours of wind and rain and a good dose of proper festival mud. It didn’t dampen our spirits, but it did add a certain level of complexity as to how to safely transport the toddlers around the site.
Enter the Connecta!
I’ve used mine with Arthur at gigs and festivals since he was tiny – so much easier to sneak through crowds than whilst lugging a pushchair. As he gets bigger, with his boundless curiosity and super speedy legs, the Connecta is invaluable for keeping him safe and contained when I need to.
And on this occasion I was just super pleased I had slings to spare! Our three monkeys observed the world, chatted away, bounced to the rhythms of the bands and caught some much needed zzzzzs, all whilst we were exploring and enjoying the weird and wonderful festival world ourselves.
And as for the rain? Well, it was nothing that a decent poncho couldn’t handle…