When I chose to stay home part of that was so I could create experiences and take classes with my kiddos. I’m very used to running around with my toddler and baby, for a new mom or a mom just getting used to two the idea of getting out of the house can be daunting. Trust me I’ve been there.
I remember the first time I went out with both boys on my own. It was supposed for a doctor’s appointment. I packed the double stroller and the diaper bag and picked out the boys clothes the night before. I made sure my toddler had plenty of snacks and I had my nursing poncho with me. We got up early in the morning and draft the doctors office only to find out that they had a second location and I was supposed to be there. I was crushed!
1. Have a really organized diaper bag. I use gallon sized Ziploc bags for this. They’re inexpensive and clear. I use one for diapers, one for extra clothes, one for snacks, and one for additional items like wipes or Tylenol.
2. Pack your car and diaper bag the night before so you’re ready in the morning. Put the stroller, baby carrier, a book or toy to occupy the kiddos, etc.
3. Keep an extra stash in your car. I keep a grocery bag with extra diapers, clothes, wipes, and diaper cream in the backseat under my seat.
4. Buy a lightweight stroller. I’ve had heavy, clunky strollers and truthfully my single umbrella stroller from Chico and my double City Mini GT are my go twos. Seriously, I sold 3 strollers this past fall and kept just these strollers because they take up the least amount room in my car and they are so light and easy. The Chico even has a strap to carry it over my shoulder!
5. Pick a diaper bag that has stroller hooks. A backpack style is great for the mom on the go!
6. Pack a snack and drink for yourself. Especially if you’re nursing you need the hydration and nutrition.
7. Be home for nap time. There’s nothing worse than coming home in the car and seeing my toddler falling asleep in the back. I know that when we get home getting him out of the car will wake him up and that nap that he would’ve had is gone. So I try to schedule any classes or errands in the morning and be home before noon so he can get a good nap.
These are my tips for getting out and about with littles. I’ll be sharing the contents of my diaper bag and how I pack it in a future post, also on Instagram. Be sure to follow me on Instagram. I look forward to reading in the comments any ideas you guys have for making going out easier with littles.