How to Leave the House With Two Children — a Mom’s Guide

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By Jayne Heinrich, The Naptown Organizer
Updated March 2, 2017
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If you’ve read the title of this post, you probably are expecting a clear, concise answer as to how the heck you can get out of your home in one piece with two small children… I hate to disappoint you, but I don’t know either.

After recently adding a newborn daughter to our family of three, I’ve taken her on several solo trips while my husband watches our toddler son.  Taking her out by herself to doctor’s appointments, the store, etc. has been infinitely easier than initially taking my newborn son out.  I’m not stressed about anything.  I keep a few diapers and wipes as well as an extra outfit and pacifier in a purse that stays in my car.  Basically all I need walking out the door is my daughter and her car seat.

But both children?  I haven’t even attempted it yet.

I know I’ll have to take both children somewhere, and likely soon.  My husband is now back to work and my parents have gone home as well.  My support system during the day is now just me.  Inevitably, there will be more doctor’s appointments for both children as well as myself.  And mainly, my problem is in the logistics of taking two children somewhere.

Who do I put in the car first?  Do I bring them both out to the garage with me or leave one baby in the house initially?  Who do I take out of the car first?  Does my son stand and wait while I get his sister out or do I set the car seat on the ground while I get my toddler out of the car?  Would wearing the baby (or the toddler?) make this any easier?  Would taking a stroller be easier when we’re somewhere without grocery carts?  When we’re out (at a store, appointment, or otherwise), what happens when someone inevitably goes to the bathroom?  Where is there enough space to change either child with the other contained and unable to get into trouble?

Obviously, at this point, I haven’t quite figured it out.  I’m sure it will get easier with time and practice, but for now, my husband seems to be running a lot of errands!

What are your tips on how to leave the house with two children?  Help a lady out!

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