I like to get out of the house on a daily basis. This may mean walking to the park, going to the grocery store or going to the beach. There are also times when we have doctor’s appointments early in the morning. Since I have a baby and a preschooler, I need a lot of gear. Diapers, wipes, food, sippy cups and water bottles are essential. Of course, my 4-year-old likes sand toys and a blanket is always helpful. It takes awhile to get everyone dressed, pack the car and nurse the baby. However, I have found a few simple ways to get out of the house quicker with two young kids.
Keep a Stocked Diaper Bag
I always keep extra diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, a non-perishable snack and a few toys in my diaper bag. At the end of the day, I take out dirty items and replenish it. This way I make sure that I don’t have to take time packing in the morning.
Have Two Sets
I keep a small first aid kit in my car and in my stroller. I also have several different kinds of sunscreen. For my son, I keep one teether in the diaper bag, another in the house and a final one in his car seat. Having two sets of essentials like wipes and sunscreen prevents me from transferring these items from the car to the house. I even have small bucket and shovel sets. I keep one in my car, one in my stroller and another in the front yard. Keeping a waterproof travel blanket in the car is another way I save time.
Get Prepared the Night Before
If I try to pack the car with two kids, it takes me twice as long. Getting prepared while the kids are sleeping allows me to get out of the door quickly in the morning. I try to keep our water bottles filled. I fill the bottles at night and then pop them into the refrigerator . This way we can easily grab our drinks and go. Laying out everyone’s clothes the night before always helps too.
There have been a few times when I have been in a hurry and left without enough snacks. This simply results in cranky kids or having to fork out extra money for an expensive snack. Having healthy food in travel-sized portions readily available really helps. I cut up fruit and then put it into baggies or small containers that I can pop into my diaper bag. String cheese and frozen yogurt is easy to grab and go. Real fruit strips travel well and can be kept in a diaper bag for an emergency snack.
These tips will help you get out of the house for business or pleasure.
5 nice things to say to a new mother
5 Reasons to Appreciate the Preschool Stage
5 Ways to Keep Your Child’s School Lunch from Spoiling