4 Tips for Surviving Outings with a Newborn and Toddler in Tow

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Now that my third child is 12 weeks old, I can say I survived the first 3 months of being a mom of three children, including a newborn and a stubborn 2-year-old.   Not only that, but we managed to get out of the house a lot this summer.  As a full-time working mom, maternity leave almost feels like a vacation.  Maternity leave means doing things with the kids I can only dream of, such as story time, walks to the park, lazy mornings, and after nap snuggles.  Let's not forget nursing a newborn on the couch, while tracing every inch of his small little body with my finger.  While on maternity leave, I refused to sit at home just because I had a newborn.  

I found that when we got out of the house my boys fought much less.  They love being active and on the go, so that is what we did.

When you have more than one child you don't have the option of napping on the couch with your baby.  Why not get out of the house and enjoy these days?

I will admit I was a little nervous heading into this summer, having three kids at home with me all day long.  Then Ryker was born and I fell in love  with my family all over.  Sure there were hard days when the 4 and 2 year old fought all day long or refused to eat breakfast and lunch.  The good days made up for the hard ones though.  I found that when we got out of the house my boys fought much less.  They love being active and on the go, so that is what we did.  Here are some tips that kept me sane on our outings no matter how big or small.  

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 Baby Wear

I can't emphasize this enough, wearing your newborn will make your life much easier.  A newborn needs and wants to be close to mom.  Studies have shown that babies who are worn cry much less. Not only that, but baby wearing frees up your hands. Baby wearing allows you to chase your toddler around on the playground or grocery shop, while nursing your newborn. Not all baby carriers are created equal and not all babies are alike. There are many different types of baby carriers for all body types. If you are having a difficult time finding a baby carrier that works for you or your baby don't give up. Seek out advice from other mom's or visit Baby Wearing International to find a local baby wearing group near you.

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Get Organized

Things seem to run smoother if I organize all of our gear (snacks, diapers, extra sets of clothes, and toys) the night before an outing, after the kids are in bed.  Then in the morning I can focus on just one or two tasks instead of a long list, in order for us to get out of the house.  

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Plan to Meet a Friend

If you are feeling really nervous about chasing around your toddler while caring for your newborn when you are out and about, invite a friend to come with you.  This way you will feel obligated to go, instead of coming up with an excuse to not go.  Also, another set of hands is always useful, particularly at an all-day outing like the zoo.  

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Just Breathe

You've got this.  So what if there are meltdowns and diaper blow outs?  Nothing in motherhood ever goes as planned.  Take a deep breath and enjoy this time with your little ones.  They will never be as small as they are today, so you might as well take the time to explore fun activities with them at this age.

What are your biggest challenges when running errands or going on outings with 2 under the age of 2?  

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4 Tips for Surviving Outings with a Newborn and Toddler in Tow

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Kirsten Kirsten says:

    Wow. I wish I knew how many stay at home moms can say that her description of maternity leave is what life is really like… “Maternity leave means doing things with the kids I can only dream of, such as story time, walks to the park, lazy mornings, and after nap snuggles. ”

    I don’t really fit into that category. I’m a work from home mom, so I actually juggle two jobs. But I can see how the start of this article could really turn off some mothers. Particularly the “lazy mornings”. How many stay at home mom’s can claim this luxury?

  2. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    Excited to take our son out. He is a December baby so not as many places to go first. The summer we are part of a beach association and excited.

  3. Profile photo of Momo Momo says:

    Whenever I go to the store or somewhere with my kids… ages 15 months, 5, 6, 7 and 10 people are always asking me if I am running a Daycare or babysitting.. lol… like Moms don’t go out with their OWN kids anymore.. too funny!!!

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