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 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.

How To Leave The House With 2 Kids

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!

How to Leave the House With Two Kids

 

 

 

 

How To Leave The House With 2 Kids

 

21 Comments

  1. Kristi

    August 22, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Great tips! I’m a mom of 5 and do practically the same things. I always, always bring snacks just in case our outings take longer than expected and carry a small first aide kit too.

    You’re doing a great job as a mom of two! Blessings to you and your little.

    1. Alex

      August 22, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Thank you m so much, Kristi! You have all of my admiration- I cannot imagine doing it with 5! 😂

  2. Chelsea

    August 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I signed June up for a dance class that started when Eamon was 3 weeks old 🙄 So it forced me to get them out the door by 9 am once a week for the first two months. It was trial by fire, but I think it really helped give me confidence to go out with them! Also I couldn’t get a refund on the class (I tried) 😂

    1. Alex

      August 22, 2017 at 7:01 am

      😂😂 good for you. I tried once and then was like, yea we’re waiting until she’s older.

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    August 22, 2017 at 6:39 am

    It is such an event getting two little ones out the door and in to the car. I love these tips, I would add start early, it seems to take me about three times as long to get two kids out the door as it did to get one out the door.

    1. Alex

      August 22, 2017 at 7:02 am

      So true!! Forgot to add that one! We try to leave for church at 9:30 and we start getting ready by 7 😂

  4. Jane

    August 22, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Great post, I’m still struggling with getting my husband and I out the door on time. I don’t know what I’ll do when our little one arrives. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Breyona

    August 22, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Getting the diaper bag ready takes the most time out of getting ready to me. I have 5 kiddos under the age of 8 but I only pack stuff for 3 out of the 5. I try to keep it pre-stocked so I won’t have to spend time scrambling to find items and make sure I have everything. I like to save space by keeping clothes for everyone in the back of my SUV for unexpected accidents etc.

  6. Jordan

    August 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

    This is a great post! Most days I struggle to leave the house with one baby – seriously, how do they always pee RIGHT as we are walking at the door?? – and found these tips super helpful.

  7. Brittany

    August 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I’m so impressed by you! I hate leaving the house with just one kiddo, but I have to admit that it is definitely easier and smoother than it used to be. It’s so helpful when they hit the age when they don’t need as much stuff. Thanks for these tips!

  8. Victoria with One Sharp Mama

    August 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Great tips! I’m always finding myself leaving right when the baby is hungry.

  9. Lexi

    August 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Lol! So funny and so true! It is so tough to get them out the door. But I can promise it does get a little easier. I have to get all 6 of my kids out the door and we have it down to a science. The older ones do certain jobs to help me and we can get ready and out the door in 30 minutes. Whew! It’s exhausting though!

  10. Heather Gilbert

    August 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    This made me laugh – because it is all so true! My girls are getting a bit older now, with one going into 1st grade and the other in her last year of preschool. It’s a touch easier, but we have other issues and new routines to get used too. I handle most of the prep work the night before and make sure that ALL clothes, for ALL three of us are set out the previous evening…. with no allowance for a change of mind in the morning. I went down that rabbit hole once, NEVER again! They can change their minds as much as they want when choosing clothes the night before, but once they go on that hanger – that’s it. Choice made.

  11. Terryn

    August 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    You have some much needed tips here! From a mom of 6, I know how hard it can be to leave the house, lol.

  12. Elizabeth @ mom always knows

    August 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Wow, 15 minutes! That is great Mama, Keep up the good work! It gets easier for sure! My girls are 4 and 5 now but I remember the days when they were a baby and 18 months…OMG! : ) Its still hard and I long for the days when they are 8 and 9. (Well not really because I want them to STOP growing! Great post!

  13. Jordyn Galan

    August 22, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Two kiddos seems like a handful! I struggle to leave the house with one!

  14. Keri

    August 22, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    So good! I always have to plan to leave a tad earlier than I think. My oldest is really helpful now, but the younger two can add in a lot of extra time!

  15. Cheyenne

    August 22, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Girl you’re not lying! It’s hard!

  16. Nicole

    August 23, 2017 at 6:20 am

    If you ever have anymore be prepared .. it gets more and more difficult. No matter HOW smooth the morning goes, the time from get your shoes on to being buckled in the car always takes like 10 minutes! I have to start heading to the car 20 minutes before we actually need to leave the driveway

  17. Hannah

    August 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    This list is tiring me out haha even though I know exactly what you mean. Getting out the door with kids is nuts!

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