Thank you to Gerber Good Start for sponsoring today’s post and helping this mom run errands easier.
Before I had kid #2, getting out the door and running errands was doable. Not always a blast, but very doable with only one boy. Now, trying to attempt this with two kids has become challenging to say they least. Everyone needs their things, like my oldest needs sunglasses and the baby….well he needs toys, diapers, change of clothes, etc. It’s never just a quick dash out and about town. So, through much trial and error…I have discovered a few tips on running errands with kids that helps keep them happy and me sane.
Tip #1: Plan To Succeed
The more prepared I am the more enjoyable the trip. I know I only have a few hours in the morning before the baby will fall asleep in the car. And once he’s done that it means no nap in the afternoon. So I organize my errands by priority. The most important is first on my list and then I work my way down. If the kids are running out of steam, I may save an errand for the next day. I also plan the night before by packing my diaper bag with everything I might need. I then hang it on the garage door so I’m ready to go in the morning.
Tip #2: Plan To Eat
Food and drinks are a MUST. I always pack some snacks and drinks to take along, especially in the summer. A few individually packed baggies of lil Beanies snacks (that I picked up at King Soopers), some fruit and a couple sippy cups full of juice is usually all I need to keep everyone happy and away from “hangry land”! 😉 I even pack me a water bottle or run through a Starbucks drive-thru for a quick caffeine pick-me up. Hey, this mamma needs her special juice too. 😉
Tip #3. Plan Some Fun
I remember running errands with my mom, it was never my favorite thing to do as a child. But errands are part of everyday life, so I try to add some fun into the trips if I can. Sometimes just adding a different toy in the car, taking a different route so we can wave at the cows, or even singing songs in the car as we cruise along. These little extras don’t cost a dime and they can help keep the mood in the car happy and pleasant.
One last bonus tip, don’t forget to pack your patience and sense of humor.
Kids can be unpredictable no matter how much planning and preparing we do. Every now and then I just wave the white flag and remind myself…there’s a tomorrow coming. But most of the time these tips have made all the difference!