I used to always wonder why people with kids were always late. It’s not that different than getting yourself out of the house, right? Boy, was I wrong! Now that I have Baby E, I know exactly what it’s like. Getting out of the house with a baby is a lot more work! Some days are easier than others but the key is allowing plenty of time to get ready. Baby E is starting to go on outings more regularly now. Here are my tips for getting out of the house with a baby (and be on time too)!
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Find a quick makeup and hair routine that works for you, and get ready before the baby.
I plan to get ready either right after I feed Baby E so he is awake and happy or during a nap (or if you want to sacrifice sleep for some peaceful morning time, you could get ready before the baby wakes up!). Baby E usually sits in his bouncer, and if he’s awake I sing and talk to him the whole time to keep him entertained. Today I actually got ready without any pitstops. I didn’t have to stop to change him, and he was happy the entire time. I did my makeup in five minutes and threw my hair in a mom bun. Although I had time to wash my hair today (Baby E was extra good!), don’t be afraid to make day 3 (or maybe even day 4..) hair work.
Allow Time to Get the Baby Ready.
Even though babies are small, they can take awhile to get ready. Make sure you change their diaper right before you plan to leave the house. Allow extra time for last minute leaks, blowouts, and spit-up messes. These things happen! And sometimes they all happen in the same 5 minutes!
Restock the Diaper Bag After Each Outing.
I find it helpful to always have the diaper bag stocked with diapers (my favorites are these!), wipes, binkies, burp cloths, and all the other essentials. When you get home from an outing, pull the dirty clothes, burp cloths, binkies, etc. out and replace them with clean ones. I also quickly learned to bring more than one outfit change. When you’re ready for an outing, just grab the perfectly packed diaper bag and whatever last minute items you need.
Time the Outing Right.
Take into consideration feeding times, and plan around that. I usually make sure I have just finished feeding Baby E before I leave the house. Sometimes it’s hard to plan it right, but just do your best. As soon as I finish feeding him, I do a quick diaper change and head out. I know he is generally happy for 1-1.5 hours after feeding him. If your baby is happy or napping right after a feeding, it could be a good time to run to the store and have the baby in the stroller or carrier.
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The other day Baby E was fussing because he was tired so I put him in his carseat and clicked him into the stroller. We went on a walk until he fell asleep, then I clicked the carseat into the base in the car so I could run my errands. Just be creative and do what you have to do so you don’t end up running errands with a fussy baby because that isn’t easy. There is no right time to get out of the house, but knowing when your baby is happiest will make the outings easier. The more you become comfortable with outings, the easier it’ll become to be out and about for longer. Eventually you will be comfortable feeding and changing diapers wherever you are in your day. In the beginning, even a small trip to drive through Starbucks is an accomplishment. ;]
Sometimes it might seem like so much work to get out of the house, but it is worth it. You get the hang of it as you develop your own routine that works for you and your baby. Allow extra time and plan your outings later in the day, if possible. I’m definitely still getting the hang of things, but last night Baby E and I were five minutes early to a birthday dinner! Success!