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14/02/2011 at 10:26
What's your top toddler time saving trick that makes each day that little bit easier? Do you tie your tot's shoes together with laces so you never lose them? How about limiting the time spent choosing clothes for your tot? Please share your top tips on how you claw back those mummy minutes each day for Practical Parenting magaizne. Either post on here or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As ever, big thanks!
Liz, PP x
14/02/2011 at 12:48
They days I am at work I get all of Harrys clothes out & mine ready for the morning so no deciding what to wear etc.
When he was a baby I always got his bag read after I came in with change of clothes nappy etc so it was ready for the next trip out.
14/02/2011 at 15:27
keep a small bag in the boot with few nappies, wetwipes and a change of clothes for each child that can be folded small. We have 2 nappies for each girl, a travel pack of wet wipes, vest, leggings and top for ech girl then if you have an urge to go out for the day it's not a big hassle getting things ready, get ready, get the girls a drink then gone. lol. not always that simple as we did that the other week and set off to find we had a flat tyre. Didn't go far after that cost £100. Lol. oh well. next time.
16/02/2011 at 12:23
16/02/2011 at 21:37
16/02/2011 at 22:13
get clothes raedy for toddler and yourself night before
top up bag everytime you get home if something was taken from it- i.e the spare outfit was needed
if you know you are out early the next day make up drink/snacks night before and leave in fridge
bath night before
have childs fave toy to hand in case of 'i want to take buzz/thomas/car ect with me'moments!
keep spare potty in car - along with disposable change mats in car to protect car seat- no last minuste searching or worries if child wont use potty/toilet before you leave.
if walking, load up buggy with essentials night before
16/02/2011 at 23:12
Remember if you want a co-operative toddler to allow an extra 30mins so they can insist on putting on their own clothes and you can re-pack your bag when your keys/phone have been hidden somewhere in the house and you have to go searching, there is then a vague chance of you leaving the house on time!
I also try to make sure that the vast majority of their clothes can be worn in any combination without them looking like they got dressed in the dark, I can then happily let the oldest girls (4 and 3) choose their own clothes and dress themselves whilst I sort out the 17mth old who also wants to do it herself but can't without help.
Also do as much as you can whilst they are in bed the night before and remember not to leave your bag where they can reach it to "help" and always leave shoes in the same place, we use a stair basket.
I also have a fully stocked car boot for 3 children, each has their own bag with a change of clothes and underwear/nappies and some toys and snacks including a clean beaker for the youngest and some fruit shoots because I always leave their drinks on the table and forget them and with 3 young children I can't find a bag big enough that I can still lift! Their rucksacks can be worn by them or hung on the pram and I have a smaller bag for me and the youngest that is light enough to carry easily.
I've also found it has paid off with my eldest daughter to let her help with the housework, she can fold and put away her own clothes (I try to avoid ironing their clothes unless its school uniform or it really needs it) she's getting quite good at it now and it saves me a good 30mins as she is now helping her 3yr old sister do hers too. She is now wanting to help set and clear the table and all 3 want to help sweep the floors and dust. I does take longer to start with but I they are not throwing tantrums and wanting attention because they already have it and after 3 yrs its getting quicker as they become more able to do the work properly and actually tell Daddy to help sometimes!
I also make tidying up a big part of their playing from as soon as they are able to get the toys in and out of the box, and now most of the time there is just the odd one or two forgotten toys to clear up at bedtime because they know to put their toys away before getting something else out.
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