Anonymous

How do you keep your toddler safe and occupied while getting ready for work in the morning?

I’ve been a SAHM to my 16-month old son for almost 10 months. I will be starting a new job in a week and I’m looking for tips/advice from other working parents on how they manage their time in the morning with a toddler. How do you get yourself ready for work in the morning (shower, get dressed, etc.) when you have a busy toddler around? ** I can give my son the iPad to keep him occupied but not sure if that’ll last. I’m afraid he’ll lose interest fast while I’m still in the shower and he’ll get into something he shouldn’t!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 11

    Thank you SO MUCH for all your responses! I will definitely try all your tips and see what works for us!

  • Jenn
    Mar 11

    I don't mean this in a judgemental way at all, but what about asking your husband to help? My husband takes my daughter every morning since he goes in to work later than I do. He gets her ready, gives her a bottle, and gives her breakfast. This way I can get myself ready.

  • K
    Mar 11

    Unfortunately, showering at night and getting up before everyone is the key.

  • Tiana
    Mar 11

    Pack the car and lunch boxes the night before. Put the kid to bed in the shirt that he’ll wear tomorrow. Lay your clothes out for the morning. Alarm goes off. I get up, teeth, face, quick wipe of armpits with cloth and deodorant. 6 min total. Get dressed. Makeup. Shoes. 5 min. Make smoothie or grab a breakfast bar for the drive. Load dishwasher and run. 4 min Get kid up, change bottom and put on pants. Leave shirt on. 3 min. Quick toothbrush, and pee for kid. Breakfast snack in the car, loaded night before, for both me and him. Load kid into car. Cover with blanket. No jacket! Not safe. On the road. Boom!

  • JD
    Mar 11

    Get up at least 30min before your LO. And do my makeup in the car after dropping LO off at daycare LOL

  • Lindsey
    Mar 12

    Put him in the bathroom with you while you are in the shower maybe. The only way I get a shower is to bring my toddler in the shower with me. Or are him breakfast and stick him in his high chair while you take a quick shower or even just give him his iPad in the chair so you know he won’t be getting into anything.

  • A
    Mar 13

    When I work - I shower at night after they go to bed. And usually I let them watch a show while I get dressed, pack up and do my makeup in the morning. On my days off I usually shower at the gym while they are at the daycare there. Lol Occasionally I’ll shower with them awake at home but on more than one occasion I’ve ended up with a toddler or two in the shower with me. Pretty much the least relaxing way to get cleaned up. 😂😂 So ... I avoid it if I can.

  • A
    Mar 13

    My husband is always willing to help if he’s home ... but my kids will come straight to me no matter how much excitement Daddy tries to make.

  • Teyen
    Mar 13

    We turn on the tv after hes had breakfast and changed for school. And he watches it for only 15, 20 mins then we are all done and ready to go.

  • Teyen
    Mar 13

    And shower at night or in the morning only if you know your husband can watch him

  • KC
    Mar 14

    I share the responsibility with my husband! I get up early, shower and start doing my hair and makeup. While I’m doing this usually our son wakes and my husband gets up with him and gives him milk. Then he hands him off to me and he gets ready in the bathroom with me if I need more time or hangs out in the bedroom with me while i get dressed. While I’m doing this my husband is getting dressed to bring him to daycare. He dresses him, I prepare his backpack with snacks and meals I prepped the night before. & off we go. However it works for you just make sure to get the hubby involved.

  • SARA C
    Mar 14

    I’m a stay at home mom so it is really just getting my oldest to preschool 💕 I get up before them to have my coffee, unload the dishes and fold a load of laundry. Then I hop in the shower and get dressed. After I am dressed I begin to wake them and get their clothes ready. After the babies diaper is changed they have breakfast and pack their lunches and do their hair while they eat. Then I change their clothes and put us all in the car. My makeup is put in at each red light and we are done :)

  • Tracy
    Mar 14

    My 20 month old wakes up anywhere from 5am to 6:30am most days, so trying to get up before him doesn’t really work for me. We have our living room and his bedroom fenced off as playrooms, so if my husband’s not home, I lock my son in the living room while I quickly take a shower. I leave the bathroom door open, and turn the volume up on the baby monitor so I can hear him. I check on him as soon as I get out and periodically while I finish getting ready. Sometimes he joins me in the bathroom after I shower if he’s upset about being stuck in the living room.

  • Jennifer
    Mar 14

    My son is only 9.5 months, but I bring him into the shower with me. I strap him into his high chair and give him some small finger foods while I cook breakfast. I try to get as much ready the night before as I can. Laying out clothes, packing bags, planning lunch, etc. It's a total disaster in the morning if I don't prep ahead of time. I have found it helpful to give myself 30 mins more than I think I need in the morning. My makeup routine is down to 3 items (foundation, blush, and mascara). In the past I have kept make up and a toothbrush at my desk or in my bag in case I am really running late and have to do those things in the bathroom at work. I also have kept frozen breakfast sandwiches or other breakfast foods in the fridge at work so I can eat there too. Some mornings are better than others.

  • Shanon
    Mar 14

    Shower before bed, and wake up an hour before he does. Once you are dressed and ready, wake him up, get him ready, and head out the door!

  • Nikki
    Monday

    Everyone’s clothes are lined up at night. Lunch is in the fridge. When I wake in the morning I get dressed first. My older son takes all the bags (diaper bag, purse, laptop, book bag ) to the car while I get the baby dressed. And we are out the door. On days I do not work I let the baby sleep in her crib until I come back from dropping son of at school. My parents watch the baby while she sleeps. When I return I wake her up, get her dressed and we are off for a fun filled day.