The solution? A Mass Bag!
What would you put in a Mass Bag, you ask?
- Small bag of wipes and diaper
- small snack and sippy(we used cheerios in a plastic bag that we handed out. That minimized the risk of mess making and ensured that the cheerios lasted the whole mass.)
- a few toys like a soft doll, small coloring book, preferably with Catholic images
- a Catholic board Book or two. Some of my favorites are:
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As my children get older, naturally the items they take to church will change as well. My preschooler no longer gets a snack or sippy. She is limited to the books and a Dollie. We do not get them out right away, but use them as needed. As her attention span lengthens she will leave the bag at home and begin to participate fully in the mass. When to make these transitions for your child is a personal choice, unique to your specific child. Only you know when to start tapering down the extras for your child. I would say a good rule of thumb is to drop the bag altogether by at least somewhere around the end of 1st grade, remembering that the earlier your children learn to be attentive and participative during the mass, the better for them in the long run.