How To Leave The House With Two Kids
Leaving the house with 2 kids is no game, y’all. It’s hard work and very different from the life you knew of leaving the house with only one mini in tow.
Sometimes it can feel like an Olympic sport, trying to get two children (and yourself) out the door (I was going to put “in a timely fashion” here, then deleted it and LOL’ed because what is that anymore?!). This is why I’ve taken it upon myself to put together a step-by-step guide to leaving the house with 2 kids.
How to Leave the House With Two Kids
- Get the diaper bag ready. #momhack- mine is pretty much always ready to go. To be honest, I don’t carry that much in it anymore. But it always has the basics- nursing cover, diapers, wipes, an extra onesie for the baby, a snack for the toddler, and burp cloths. Always burp cloths. This is always ready and sitting by the door, so when I actually go to leave I really just need to throw in a drink for Oliver.
- Make sure any strollers and/or carriers are in the car. Unless you have a phenomenal super power, you can’t take a toddler, baby, and stroller at the same time. I just like to get this out of the way because there’s a 99% chance if I don’t, it’ll get forgotten. #mombrain Also because the second that front door opens, it signals go time for my 2 year old. Let me just say, keeping a toddler from running into the street while finagling with a double stroller? Not as easy as it sounds.
- Dress the toddler. This is harder than it sounds because y’all. My toddler has reached the stage where he has opinions about what he wants to wear. But I’ve found that if it has a dinosaur on it, we’re golden. Also key here: check the diaper while getting him dressed. So many times I’ve just been like, “eh, he’s fine.” Five minutes later I realize he’s actually quite soaked. Repeating the chasing and getting dressed is misery for everyone. Proactivity, y’all. A mother’s true bestie.
- Feed the baby. I cannot tell you how many times I have been ready to walk out the door before realizing that Zoey was due to eat in a few minutes. It’s the literal worst. I know this seems like common sense, but it is really easy for me to get so preoccupied trying to leave that I’m just not paying attention to the time. Even if she doesn’t seem like she needs to eat…they always need to eat.
- Dress the baby. The diaper thing applies here, too. Also key here- a bib. Zoey is a pretty avid spitter-upper, so I know the MINUTE I buckle that car seat, everything she just ate is coming back up. Save yourself the trouble of re-dressing a squirmy infant and just put a bib on her.
- Dress yourself. People. This is almost last for a reason. If you dress yourself from the beginning, you are GUARANTEED to get spit up, poop, juice, crumby fingers, spilled coffee- something will get all over your clothes and you’ll need to change. It’s just easier on your spirit if that doesn’t happen on the cute outfit you were planning to wear. (A little optimism there- I usually leave the house in workout clothes.)
- Check diapers again. Yes, I’m serious. Yes, it’s redundant. But guess what? I almost guarantee one of them will need changed again. So just do it.
- House walk-through. This is important. You’re focused on getting the kids ready and yourself ready- there’s a good chance you missed blowing out a candle or turning off the coffee pot or flipping a light off or unplugging the curling iron. I may or may not have forgotten to blow out a candle when I went to the grocery store the other day. (It couldn’t have started a fire if it tried because it was all but burnt out, but still. Not my finest moment. This has made me pretty adamant about double checking.)
- Put the baby in the car seat. I really recommend doing this last. Honest mom moment- I’ve put Zoey in the car seat early before. I thought it would just keep her contained while I finished getting my coffee or the bag ready or what have you. There’s a high chance, though, that this is when your toddler will try to be helpful and give her blankets. All of them. Right over her face. Or try to rock the car seat. Very roughly. So it almost tips over. It’s really not worth the heart attack. Keep the baby safe from the toddler and don’t put her in the car seat until you’re ready to go.
I’m about 5 months in, and I’m just now able to leave the house in about 15 minutes. The key is to be proactive. Our outings generally happen in the afternoon after naptime. I pack the bag while they’re sleeping. Chances are, though, there will be a few more diaper changes, changes of clothes, another nursing session somewhere in there, especially at the beginning. Just dig in your heels and know that somewhere out there are so many other moms who just want to leave the house, too. #solidarity
Tell me, do you have any tips that help you leave the house faster with your little/s?
Have a phenomenal day!