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Days Out with Kids: My Top Tips

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!

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 Replies to “Days Out with Kids: My Top Tips”

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

    1. 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

  9. 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

    1. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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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