Trunk Diaper BagI'm not saying to fill a cute Petunia Pickle and throw it in the trunk, one of those reusable market totes that you always forget when you head to the grocery will do just fine. Put inside a couple diapers for each child, wipes, water bottles and maybe some squeezable meal pouches or puffs or granola bars... something for each child that can tide them over if they're hungry. Throw in some stickers or crayons leftover from a restaurant kids meal. And if you want to really be prepared maybe an old tshirt or extra onesie.
I have had a bag like this in my trunk since John Ryman was born and honestly had forgotten about it until one day we were at church and had to wait outside a little longer than expected. I was out of diapers and there was a smell coming from one carseat, JR was hungry and ready to get home... ultimate meltdown. Thankfully I remembered my bag in the trunk and we had an impromptu picnic with clean clothes (of course her smell hadn't stayed contained in her diaper... that's how it always goes) small lunch for both kids and snack for me! Helped turn a pull-your-hair-out situation into a sweet memory and enjoyable picnic. There is no way to prevent all meltdowns, but at least we can be prepared and have one less :) Tiny peace of mind to know you don't have to rush home from an outing for diapers or be stuck on the side of the road with hungry kiddos.
Rock N PlayThis is the one item that both babies LOVED. I don't know if it was the way it came up on the sides or that it was lifted up higher or rested them at an incline... whatever it was- I'm thankful for a sweet family member that got it for us because it was a life saver for their baby! While our babies never had tummy/spit up issues, I've heard it is a huge help because the baby doesn't lay flat. I could easily slide it through doorways and move it from room to room. JR loved staring at the shower curtain while rocking in it and Vera loved being able to watch me in the kitchen while being out of JRs way on the floor. It doesn't rock on its own, but it doesn't take them too long to figure out how to rock it a little themselves. I tried to only let them nap in it as a last resort so they didn't get used to it and prefer over their crib, never really had an issue and after the first month or so, we only used it as play time. The sides come up just enough to keep most toys inside which is super helpful!
Here are JR & Vera using their Rock N Play:
Aden & Anais burpy bib set, but didn't love having to wash every time. I stumbled on my favorite bib when Zulily was having a sale. Its from JJ Cole. Gender neutral, thin fabric that handles the washing machine well but also is easy to wipe & go. Even if you rinse it in the sink, it air dries super fast! Now if I were smart and wanted to empty a drawer in my kitchen I would donate all my bibs and purchase a couple more of these!
And last but most certainly not least... probably the best sanity/time saver...
Apps on my phone! Definitely not mom-of-the-year worthy!
In those moments when the checkout at Target takes twice as long and the kids are DONE or the kids are ready for lunch after church, but daddy needs to counsel or pray with someone- it's really the best way to keep them quiet and relaxed for a few minutes longer. I do try to use it as a last resort so they don't expect to get the phone right when they enter a store or the car which makes those times they get to play that much more special! And so I don't feel super guilty handing over youtube clips of Daniel Tiger or SuperWhy on my hulu app... we recently found The Bible App for Kids Very interactive on each page and it teaches Bible stories. Win-win!