Some of you have posted comments like “how do you get the girls ready and matching and dressed?” and other related questions, so I thought I would take time to write a post about how I manage this sweet little circus show…and throw in some tip that really help keep the chaos at bay, most of the time 🙂
1. Pack the bags the night before. For example, if we are going to church on Sunday morning, I pack Caroline’s backpack and Carson’s diaper bag the night before. That way, I’m not scrambling to shove everything into their totes before we run out of the house. It is SO much easier that way and then I’m not fearing I forgot to pack diapers, formula, bottles, snacks, etc. Trust me on this one…if you don’t do it, change your strategy because this has been a game changer for us!
2. Keep extras in the car at all times. Yes, this is another win I discovered. We have a storage cube I keep in my trunk with extra diapers, wipes, sippy cups, bottles, blankets, change of clothes, etc in case we are out and run out of something. Sure, there are Walgreens everywhere, but it’s so convenient knowing I have these essentials in the car…especially when Jeff takes one of the girls out with him to run an errand and someone has messy britches (and yes, this happens A LOT).
3. Pick outfits out beforehand. Another pre-getting ready tip. I “line up” outfits in the girls’ closets. So, if Caroline has school 2 days, I set aside 2 outfits at the beginning of the week for her to wear. That way, I know it’s clean, ready to be put on, and that way, anybody can get her dressed…bow and all.
4. A portable toy bag/bin/box goes a long way. I refuse to give into the iPad in the car motto…at least for short, around town trips. With that, I have a toy basket I keep in the backseat filled with books, light-up toys, stuffed animals, etc to keep my busy little bees occupied AND happy. The best part is that since these items stay in the car, they are almost like new toys since they aren’t being used as frequently. The Target $1 aisle is a wonderful place to stock up on these types of fun necessities.
I know, it may seem “obvious” to think of these like this, but when you’re living in toddler tantrum and teething baby hell, you might just forget. Trust me, it happens to this mama. Got any go-to tricks that work for you?? Please share!