Adding a child to the equation creates so many more variables.
I was reminded of that on my way out of the door with my one-year-old as we were headed to a wedding last week. The wedding was on a Thursday at 3:30p in DC. I knew we had to be dressed and out of the door by 2p, and considering that nap time is around 12:30p and we would be up against traffic and a possible tantrum or throw-up (you know all of the things that usually happen when you’re attempting to get anywhere on time) well I knew that would be a challenge.
So how did I manage to get out of the door on time with a little one in tow? Here are some tips I swear by:
Prepare the Night Before: Not just for the baby, but for you. Make sure you know what you’re wearing and that it fits. You’ve officially lost the luxury of changing until you get it right. Not only do I do that, I prep my entire look down to the lipstick. Try to think of everything you might need for the next day because there’s no time when you’re in the thick of it. How many times have you promised yourself you’d gas up in the morning? It never happens, so make sure you do that the day before too. Make a mini checklist (even if it is in your mind) if you have to. Do you have the diapers, milk, wipes, bottle, snacks, and your wallet? Designate areas of the diaper bag for certain things so you know exactly where they are. And once you think you have it all…double check!
Take advantage of technology: The night before, I enter my destination into google maps. This gives me a ball park of how long it will take me in travel time. Living in the DC area means traffic can change your plans in an instant, so I double check it again the morning of. Since google maps allows you to see the traffic in real time, it tells you what time you will get there with traffic and all. This one small step has saved me several times.
Bonus: You may also want to check out the waze app where you can communicate with drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info.
Keep an Emergency Kit: Think you have everything you need in that diaper bag? Think again. We pack back-ups for the baby, but how often do you throw in a spare set for yourself? Accidents are bound to happen, but if you are not prepared it can easily become an emergency. Here are some items to stow away:
- Tide Pen
- Energy/Breakfast Bar
- Go to Clothing Options: Extra Blouse/Sweater/Blazer
- Towels (For accidents)
- Hand Sanitizer
It may seem like a lot, but you’ll be thankful to have done it all when you arrive at your event/appointment/place on time!
What are some of your best tips for getting out of the door on time?