Anonymous

How do I leave the house?!

I have a 2yo still naps religiously and a 4mo who we are just starting to get on a regular nap schedule. I am just wondering how other parents in this situation found success in leaving the house for errands, appointments, etc. I feel a bit trapped in the house (it's also winter in New England) and don't know how to go about doing this. Maybe I just need to give it some time? I'm not opposed to baby wearing nor napping in the car...it just seems like one of my kids is always napping and so the windows of opportunity to go do anything are very very limited. Just looking for a little advice. TIA!

  • PK
    Dec 12, 2019

    My friend who has a 2 yr old and a 4 month old plans her day around the 2 yr old’s schedule. The 4 month old just has to nap on the go... or if she gets woken up then she’s up until she passes out again. Life of a second kid 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Kieli
    Dec 13, 2019

    I just go ... mornings are usually busy, my baby wakes up early and my toddler sleeps in. So after my baby goes down for her morning nap, I get my toddler ready and fed. Then after the baby wakes I get her dressed and then leave immediately. I try not to be out of the house for more than an hour or two tops, my baby gets cranky when she’s in the car seat for too long. My toddler has not been wanting to nap lately, so I basically only have to worry about my baby’s naps, and she will nap in the car seat as long as she’s in the car and it’s moving lol. I used to wear my baby, but it just became a hassle for me so I stopped, plus I wasn’t sure if I was even doing it right. The more you try it the more routine you will get and the easier it will be

  • Jennie
    Dec 16, 2019

    I have 5 kids under 9 so trust me when I say I've been working around nap schedules for years. Lol At 4 months, the nap schedule isn't totally consistent yet so don't kill yourself over it but in the next couple months this is what I usually do... errands/park/library etc. are done in the morning. Baby naps in stroller or in carrier. We get home by lunch time, or plan to eat out/pack. Toddler goes down for long nap and I try with all my might to get the baby lined up to that nap. Then 3rd nap baby takes at home since it's usually short. I hope that helps!