Being on time anywhere is hard with little kids, and it’s even harder if you have always been a late person! But here is the thing. I married someone who told me a loooong time ago that his pet peeve is being late. So, I decided when we got married that I would be an on time woman and that I would try to not make that a point of conflict. Plus, he praises me so much for not being late…and if you know me at all…I love praise! So happy husband happy wife. And even though I’m usually late to things like park dates, I’m punctual when it really matters. Here are my secrets to getting out the door on time with three small kids!
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I try to get myself ready first
Maybe I’m crazy but if I skip this part and only get the kids ready first, then I feel kind of haggard leaving the house. Or I just run out of time. But if I’m ready first, then I’m superwoman 😉 “Ready” for me, means dressed, face washed, make up on (or hair done, lately one or the other lol), and food in my stomach which I can easily forget and then turn hangry (angry caused by being hungry). I have a couple of go-to outfits I grab all the time. I’m working on picking out an outfit the night before, or just having clean clothes haha, because if not my default setting is to wear what I wore the day before…please tell me I’m not the only one!
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I start an hour before leaving
Ya that sounds embarrassing but its SO true. Unless we are just ok throwing ragamuffin kids in the car for a quick trip to the Hardware store or something. I get ready in 15 min, then take about 45 minutes for all 3 kids…and that’s with Peter’s help. So ya, more like an hour for the kids if I have to dress them and do their hair all by myself.
With one baby, I started getting the baby ready about 15 minutes before leaving. Whether it was a quick nurse or just gathering baby gear I knew it would take me that long.
With two, I upped my game to 30 minutes at least to start getting out the door.
With three, I try to start getting myself and the kids ready an hour before.
That sounds nuts just saying it! But, hey, none of them completely dress themselves yet or buckle their own car seats so it truly is needed, especially if I want them to look nice and if I want to be prepared with snacks when we are out! Plus, I am slow moving and hate feeling rushed. I start getting them dressed, hair done, shoes on, snacks packed, ect. And somehow that still feels rushed…how?! I’m hoping as they get older they can help a little bit more.
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Make time for last minute things.
I just try to be ready 15 minutes before take off, because I always use that time. It’s like my baby waits till my key is in the lock and then, yep, a blow out!If I need to leave my house by 10:15 I’ll plan to be ready by 10:00, which ends up being 10:15 in real life. If I don’t use the time, then lucky me I can be early! It totally reduces my stress of leaving.
Clothes picked out the night before.
Diaper bag reloaded with diapers and wipes. I’m loving this one right now!
Sippy cups and bottles washed out. I really dislike hunting for them and finding spoiled milk in them when I’m running late! We use Lifefactory glass bottles which are my ultimate favorite.
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Baby carrying means two hands-free
The hardest thing about leaving for me is getting things packed and helping a toddler while holding a baby in one arm. Baby carrying really helps because it frees up my arms, but I do have to be careful about bending over with 20 lbs on my front. I currently use my Ergo the most, which at least frees up 2 hands and keeps my baby from crying while I’m scrambling around to get out the door. I’d love to know what things you find help you leave the house, or things that make it super hard! Leave a comment below!