Days Out with Kids: My Top Tips

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Going out with small children is always going to be hectic.  Since having Little E we seriously think about where we are going and how prepared we need to be.  Truth be told, we have decided to swerve certain outings just for the ease of it.

Since the New Year I have really tried to get out more with the children.  I don’t want them to miss out on anything just because it’s easier to stay in.  January has seen me pick up a few skills in juggling my two little balls of energy when we are out and about.  Here’s a little list of what makes our days out much easier:

Packing my bag with military precision…

I pack everything from nappies and wipes, to toys and snacks.  We always take dinner for the small one with us and I make sure we have enough for Baby J too.  We have hit that dreaded toddler stage where the food that she loves one day may end up on the floor the next, so having extra is handy just in case!  I organise my bag so I can grab what I need straight away.  I’ve previously had to rummage around for ages whilst trying to keep both girls happy, this just leaves me flustered.  Having a well stocked, well organised bag is key!

Visit family friendly places…

This isn’t always possible, but finding places that cater for little ones is a huge help.  Play areas and entertainment keeps them happy and wears them out, meaning they don’t get bored and frustrated.  We all know that’s not a good combination for a toddler!

Take reins…

When I use reins on Baby J, it makes me feel a bit like I’m walking the dog.  They are a god send though.  At nineteen months all she wants to do is walk, the pushchair just doesn’t have the appeal that it used to.  However, having Little E still on wheels means that I cant chase her sister if she decides to bolt.  The reins allow Baby J and I the best of both worlds and with all that walking, she’s usually cream crackered!

Chill out…

I know this is often easier said than done, but sometimes just letting things go makes life easier.  If they decide to have a tantrum, throw their lunch or empty the shelves in Tesco I take a deep breath and move swiftly on.  Previously I’d have gotten anxious, stressed and bundled them in the car to go home.  Moving on and letting things go means that the whole day doesn’t get spoilt…deep breaths guys!

Her first ever @harryramsdensuk ! The look on her face says it all! #yummy #dinner

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A lot of these points seem so obvious, but we have been caught out so many times and ended the day feeling stressed out and a little defeated.  Having children changes our lives immeasurably, but being prepared is half of the battle!

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61 Comments

  • mackenzieglanville January 19, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I agree we do just need to chill a bit, when we head out an expect too much we forget how little they are. Great tips! #stayclassymama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      That’s so true, they are learning so much and just need the space to do so! x

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  • Mom Of Two Little Girls January 19, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I couldn’t agree more, especially on the point about family friendly places. If the kids aren’t happy, no one will be happy and it’s just not worth it.
    #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Definitely! Thanks for stopping by x

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  • Suchitra January 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hey, we have kids with the same first letter initials too..I now refer to my J as TJ for Toddler J but previously on the blog, he was Baby J. Now my little girl is Baby E. Hahaha.
    I can relate to a lot of the tips. I am always looking for ways to simplify my life going around with two kids. #stayclassymama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Aw bless them! Making life easier with children is so essential! x

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  • motherhoodtherealdeal January 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I agree it’s all in the packing of the bag – that’s the most important thing to maintain sanity in my book! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this lovely xoxo

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Definitely, if I can put my hand straight on what I need I’m winning! x

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  • mommyandmadness January 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

    All good tips! I usually have something of a first aid kit with me too, the one time I didn’t have it, toddler daughter stacked it and cut her head open! I ended up shoving a sanitary towel on her forhead to stop the blood going everywhere! Lesson learnt!

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Oh no, bless you! A first aid kit is a fab idea! x

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      • mommyandmadness January 22, 2017 at 9:17 am

        #blogstravaganza

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        • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm

          Thankyou x

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  • Catie: An imperfect mum January 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Great advise hun. My hubby did not like reins but I did have a lite life back pack that had a handle and reins you could attach and I loved it. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Ours is like a little back pack too, it’s handy because it bright pink so she loves it! x

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  • Samsam - Simply A Mama January 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    helpful tips Zoe, we need to get our son a reins because all he want to do is run around and he’s starting to hate being in his buggy #stayclassymama

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Our eldest was the same, the reins really do come in handy xx

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  • nowmynameismummy January 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I always try to assess if somewheres family friendly too. And I always take the baby carrier so I have an alternative to a ‘I don’t want to sit in the pram’ type meltdown. Although you sound more organised than my ‘chuck it all in the bag and hope for the best, please don’t let there be old banana in the bottom of the bag’ approach! #fortheloveofblog

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 21, 2017 at 11:00 am

      I’ve fallen victim to the banana in the bag, it was so rotten it’s embarrassing! 😂😂 xx

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  • Educating Roversi January 22, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Great tips! I only have the one child at the moment and I have to be organised to ensure an easier day out with just him so with two I can only imagine! Snacks are key for us! They always keep him happy. #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Oh snacks that’s a good one, we never leave without biscuits! x

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  • crummymummy1 January 22, 2017 at 8:40 am

    The only thing I’ve never used is reins as they seem more hassle than they’re worth – perhaps I’ll give them a go though! #ablogginggoodtime

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      I really like them, but I can see why some wouldn’t! x

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  • Rhi January 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Reins were a godsend! No tantrums from me over you will hold my hand lol #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      I wouldn’t be without them now! x

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  • Nicola wiggins January 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

    There’s a precision system for getting two kids in and out of the car too! Great post #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Isn’t there just, I think I’ve perfected it now but it wasn’t easy! Haha xx

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  • Jakijellz January 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Totally agree on the chilling out. Even though it’s easier said than done. I don’t let things get to me half as much as I used to and it’s better for all of us. A calmer Mummy is a calmer child. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      I totally agree, less stress makes for a much better day for everyone x

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  • mackenzieglanville January 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

    popping back from #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Thankyou x

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  • Becki January 22, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I used to love packing my changing bag when X was little – I always had surplus of EVERYTHING, and felt proper organised with my little first aid kit and hidden sweets for me! Although I do admit, it’s nice these days to just shove a few nappies in my handbag rather than taking the kitchen sink with us. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      I love that you were so organised – I definitely need to get a first aid kit in mine! It must be nice to be able to just take a few bits x

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  • itsmeanniebee January 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    My 2 1/2 yr old is a runner so reins are a must for us. He is big and strong for his age so in embarrassed to admit I don’t really take him places at the moment. I know it’s awful but he doesn’t listen to me and he is SO strong. Even the school run involves him pulling me around and him rolling around on the floor ☹ #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      It’s not awful at all, us mums know what’s best for ourselves and our kiddos! I’m only just starting to get back out with my two, it was so difficult for a while with their clashing routines and general grumpiness xx

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  • and Jacob makes three January 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Some great tips here. packing the bag with military precision is essential—there’s nothing worse than forgetting something that’s key! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Absolutely, I’ve spent that much time rummaging around I really try to get it right these days! x

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  • kerry January 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Great tips, Taking the children out can be a massive stress when we think about everything we “need” but if we chill out and maybe sit back and think, do we really need everything we pack? my little girl has just turned one so so reins have just gone on my shopping list!!

    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Absolutely, I for one don’t use half the rubbish I take with me! The reins are a god send! x

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  • Alice Soule January 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I’m never organised. You’d think considering I have three children, I would be more so but I think I’m too busy most of the time to even try and organise my stuff! We’ve definitely sussed what places are or are not family friendly, or more to our case, “Jude friendly.” My ten year old has severe learning disabilities and autism so many typical family places are just a massive no-no. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      It’s great that you know where is best to visit. Hopefully that means a good day out for everyone xx

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  • Nicole January 22, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Agree, common-sense tips but ones we often tend to forget. Thanks for sharing. And agree on the last point… sometimes it’s best to just let go!
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Definitely! x

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  • mommyandrory January 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I’m going through a ‘let’s just hope for the best’ stage. Last week I left the house two consecutive times without baby wipes! Thank goodness for no poos! It’s also a relief my OH wasn’t there. He always grumbles that the bag hasn’t been packed correctly yet never actually checks the bag himself!
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Haha, my husband likes a moan about it too! Not once have I seen him pack the bag though! x

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  • beautiesandthebibs January 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I am with you on the chill out bit I have started to do this a lot more and care less what people think about me and my child who is kicking off !! Thank you for linking up #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Oh definitely, we have hit tantrum in Tesco stage and so learning not to let the stares bother you is key! Haha! x

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  • Manny January 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Great tips! I think as a mum of two, learning to be military-precise is something I have to practice on a daily basis from packing bags to go out to sorting out the meals to getting ready for nursery haha! 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Haha, I’m with you on that one. I ought to practice what I preach more often! x

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      • Manny January 23, 2017 at 11:22 pm

        I’m still waiting for the day I can master it… I’m sure it’ll be like experiencing enlightenment! 🙂

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  • anywaytostayathome January 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I have grown complacent with my bag bagging and general preparedness recently, having on three separate occasions actually forgotten L’s coat, not to mention not packing enough nappies or snacks, or a drink at all. To counteract my general rubbishness at the moment I have now left an emergency coat and fruit shoot in the boot of the car, alongside a handful of nappies and pack of wipes! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Haha this made me giggle, only because I have a whole bunch of spares in my car! Great minds hey! x

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  • Lucy Grace January 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Completely agree with you on all the tips and points! Being organised and well prepared is the key to things going smoothly and keeping a cool head prevents the day from turning into a nightmare. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      It really does, our days are definitely better since I got my bum into gear! x

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  • Tee 💜 January 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I always get caught out with the child friendly places. I forget that I’ve got little one in tow and it’s not so straight forward to just choose anywhere. Great tips though 🙂 #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Often we’ve thought ‘oh it’ll be ok’ then soon after we realise it won’t, haha! x

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  • Grumpy Mum (@The_Grumpy_Mum) January 22, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I laughed at the point about packing the bag. I’m constantly rummaging… Maybe I need a new bag, yes that’ll sort it 😉 #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Haha, I make myself do it now as I’ve spent so much time rummaging in the bag of doom! xx

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  • Mainy - myrealfairy January 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Good tips as a mental reminder, I love the one about to chill out, its helpful sometimes to just sit back and think ok, it is what it is and try and let a bit of the stress just pass us by….I wish I could remember this the next time I start to lose it lol:)
    Mainy
    #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Haha bless you, I definitely think its easier said than done sometimes! xx

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  • Mrs Mummy Harris January 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    when we go out for the day it is also like a military operation. Hubby knows his job and I know mine. We may look like we’re flapping but it’s all in order haha. Then we go out and remember something we forgot. Standard us! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood January 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Haha! Organised chaos! X

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