Disclosure: I received a free Mo+M Baby Carrier in exchange for writing a review on the blog. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
One thing I have discovered since becoming a parent is just how much effort it takes to leave the house. Before having a baby, I could just grab my purse and be out the door. (Assuming, of course, I knew where my keys were. I wish I could blame being scatter-brained on having mom brain, but unfortunately I had mom brain long before I actually became one. But I digress.)
Now it takes so much planning and coordination. I have to think about where I’m going, how long I will be out of the house, and what I need to bring with me. There is no such thing anymore as running a quick errand with a baby in tow. Even leaving the house to walk around the corner takes me at least ten minutes, as I either wrangle my SUV of a stroller (yes, I’m one of those moms) out of my condo or strap Eve into a carrier, find a pacifier for her to have just in case, gather my purse and keys which seem to have walked off on their on accord (I swear I put them on the kitchen island….), figure out where my sunglasses and Eve’s hat are, and grab a pair of shoes, all why Eve is inevitably crying for me.
I’m exhausted just thinking about trying to get out of the house most days!
Thankfully, I have a few systems in place to make leaving the house with a baby in tow as seamless as possible and at the very least shave off a few minutes and help keep my sanity intact.
1. Keep all of your personal essentials together in a smaller bag
My sister gave this beautiful handmade clutch by CalviRee for my birthday a few years ago, and I use it nearly every day. In it I keep my own personal essentials: my wallet, a business-card holder that I purchased from my friend Lida, an assortment of pens, headphones, my cell phone, sunscreen, a baggie of first-aid essentials (including bandaids), hand sanitizer, my keys and lip balm. Basically, it contains all the random little doodads I could possible need. I throw it into whatever bag I’m taking, whether it be my purse or a diaper bag, and I know that I have my own personal essentials, whether I’m running an errand with Eve, meeting up with a friend, or hanging out at a local coffee shop working on my blog.
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2. Put your keys away in the same place
I say this as someone who is terrible about it (especially since we moved), but have a designated place where you keep your keys. If your keys are kept in the same place and you make a point of putting them as soon as you walk in your home, you will always remember where they are and won’t have to deal with a baby crying for your attention while your frantically run around your house like a crazed woman trying to figure out on what random surface in your home you put them when you last came home (not that that ever happens…).
3. Keep your diaper bag stocked with essentials
At any given time, I make sure that my diaper bag has the bare minimum of what I will need for Eve, including a changing pad, a few diapers, wipes, a spare set of clothes (for the inevitable food messes), nursing cover, a bag to put dirty items and food pouch. Depending on where we’re going or how long we will be out, I may add a few more items, such as a small blanket or toys, but I know at the very least wherever we are I will have for Eve what I need and I can just grab it when we’re on the go.
4. Have a baby carrier handy
Regardless if I’m driving somewhere or taking Eve out for a walk, I always make sure I have a baby carrier with me. I can easily strap her in it and free up my hands my when I’m running up and down my stairs to load up the car (besides, lugging around a carseat is both heavy and super cumbersome), or if I’m out running an errands it is so much easier to strap her in it than dealing with maneuvering our oversized stroller. Right now my go-to carrier is the Mo+M, a soft structured carrier that is small enough that I can easily fit it in my diaper bag or purse, is super easy to strap Eve into, has a handy little zippered pocket where I can stick my keys when we do make it for a (relatively) quick errand, and is a breeze to clean (which is essential, as babies make big messes).
And right now, you can save $20.00 the Mo+m carrier–just use the code BLGRPRMO when purchasing it on Amazon through September 30!
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What systems do you have in place for making leaving the house with a baby or young child tow, or heck, yourself, easier?