The school run is never any parent’s favourite time of the day, but it’s a necessary evil for most families, and so if there are any ways that we can make it easier and less stressful then we’re all ears! Recently we’ve been asked for advice on how to manage it all when you have a baby and toddler in tow, so we thought we’d share our tips. Please do add your own in the comments- together we can do this!
No school run will ever go smoothly if you're not getting everything ready the night before. So make sure that all bags are packed, uniforms are ready and school shoes are by the door. Then make sure that you have everything for the little ones ready too. So put clothes out, nappies, wipes and feeding equipment too. Have a changing bag packed and by the door (better still, under the pram) and don’t forget the SnoozeShade too. Use your pouch to store it away under the pram or in your bag, so you know where it is and so it’s ready to go.
Do all of this before you go to bed. If you need a checklist then write one out and pop it somewhere you’ll see it. Don’t leave this for the morning because when you have babies, toddlers and older kids vying for breakfast and for your attention, the last thing you want to be doing is searching for matching school socks and ties! You’ll sleep easier knowing all of this is sorted, trust us.
Snacks, snacks, snacks!
Parents of toddlers will know already that leaving the house without ample snacks is just silly. And when it comes to the school run, snacks are essential. fill a few pots with healthy snacks to keep your toddler occupied and amused on the school run, and don’t forget a drink too!
It’s all in the timings
The time that you leave the house and get to school is non negotiable, so you need to tweak your routine to fit around your older child’s timetable. It’s a really good idea to try and time baby’s first nap with the school run so that you can get it out of the way while you’re on the run. This way you avoid an over tired baby, and you don’t need to wake them from their nap to leave the house.
This is where your SnoozeShade earns it’s weight in gold. Pop it over the pram at nap time, and help baby to sleep while you focus on the other two.
It’s also a good idea to organise feed times around the school run too. Time the last feed right before you need to go so that you won’t be caught short while you’re out, and have everything you need for the next feed ready to go when you return. If you don’y get chance to feed the baby before you leave, then take whatever you need for the feed with you and plan out a quick pit stop if you need to.
Now that baby is sorted, let’s think about your toddler. As already mentioned, leaving the house at a set time is a must, so give your toddler plenty of time to get ready to leave. Aim to leave at least ten or fifteen minutes before you actually need to, to give your little one time to dawdle or delay. Always allow for wriggle room here!
Also consider how long your toddler is going to take to walk to where you’re going, or how long your journey in the car is. Your toddler is going to need to be occupied if in the car- so games or books are a good idea. If you're walking, does your toddler need a buggy board or a scooter to help with the journey? Have these things ready to go just in case.
Yes, the school run is hard work, and when you have a baby and a toddler in tow it can be really stressful. But try not to stress. You will get to school and you will find the routine that works best for you, too. It may seem as though you’ll never get out of the door on time, and one child will always want or need something just when you need to get going- but forward planning will most likely eliminate most of these dilemmas.
The most important thing to remember is that being late is really not the end of the world, and that you really are doing your very best. Good luck!