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8 Tips On How To Get To Work On Time With More Than One Child

3rd May 2017

I cannot believe that I go back to work next week! Nine months of maternity leave have flown by and now in creeps the Mummy Guilt of getting ready to leave Jessica to go back to work. Reuben is already used to going to preschool so this won’t make too much difference to him (I hope) but Jessica is still so small……….

The more I think about going back to work the more things start to play on my mind. The biggest being how the hell am I going to do it all? How will I fit in what I do now AND 29 hours at work? But most importantly;

How to get to work on time with more than one child?

It was always a struggle to get out of the house on time with just Reuben. You know what it is like with, then two year old. Mornings would consist of “Let’s get you dressed Reuben”, “Can you eat your breakfast Reuben” and “Reuben we’re running late, come on”. Even now, with being on maternity leave I am still having the same battles but it is harder with a three year old. A three year old is stubborn. A three year old finds it funny to run around without his pants on! I only just get him to preschool for 9.30am, and I’m up at 6.30am!

Now I have to get a three year old and an 8 month old out of the house by 7.40am (latest) so that I can avoid as much of the rush hour traffic, drop them off at nursery and preschool (thank goodness they’re on the same site) and get to work by 9am. So how am I going to get work on time with more than one child?

I decided to ask some of my fellow bloggers who already have loads of experience on getting to work on time with more than one child, because the only way I could see it happening was for me to be up at 5am. That is not going to happen if I can help it!

Here’s what the lovely ladies said on how to get to work on time with more than one child.


Amanda from Delightful Note

Prep the night before. Have everything laid out. Their stuff, your stuff, clothes, food, everything you need so you can just get dressed and go!

Emily from Confessions of a Slummy Mummy

Routine! If you do it the same way every day everyone knows what to expect. Always aim to leave 15 minutes before the time you need to allow for anything out of the norm.

Irina from Wave to Mummy

Prep all the bags and clothes the night before, for kids and yourself. Have your showers the night before so morning preparation takes less time.

Hollie from Thrifty Mum

Get up before they do and don’t switch the TV on or try to sit down. You basically just have to keep moving! I’ve had to do this with a newborn and 18 month old and the key is not stopping.

Danielle from Someone’s Mum

We prepared everything the night before. Clothes out, breakfast set out to go with only milk etc to pour. Then, we tag teamed. I would get one dressed while he showered, then we swapped. It was a well oiled machine. Until, you know, one vomited or something!

Jenna from Then There Were Three

I always get everything sorted the night before and get myself ready first. I’m usually out of the house for 7am and it saves so much time!

Sara from Mind Your Mamma

They say allow yourself 15 mins per child (plus you) to just get out of the door! It’s not easy – make sure you prep all you can the night before (their bags for the day, for example, what you’re wearing, your lunch if you take it) Try and stay calm and take some deep breaths if it gets too much. You can do this! And as you get into a routine it’ll get a bit easier too!

Steph from Mental Parentals

We have a rule that no one goes downstairs for breakfast until they’re dressed, teeth brushed and showered (face washed for kids). Then we go downstairs to eat, have a drink and pick up our prepared lunches & bags to head out of the door. You can do this!

Some reassuring advice guys (especially as some of you are out the door by 7am). Thank you all so much. Fingers crossed.

I’ve got this! (I hope)

Twin Mummy and Daddy
  • Nige

    Some great tips there it’s hard work getting to work on time when you have kids super read to some extent is it going to change oh yes! Big time. My blogging is clouding my eyes to what’s important in life. I’m off now to find a sledgehammer and smash my iPhone into a million pieces. So I can find was is real in what is a very unreal blogging world.

    • Hopefully they’ll help with the morning rush. Probably wouldn’t be smashing up your iPhone though 🙂

  • Twinmumanddad

    Great tips! Luckily my husband helps on the days I work and vice versa on the days he works. I used to struggle to get the girls ready for school, but I just about manage it now. Great tips. Thanks for linking up to #TheFridayLinky

    • It’s the adjusting I think that will be the hardest – we have given each other our jobs for the morning so now it’s practice makes perfect I think!

  • Kiki W

    I had commented on this already but its not shown up so shall post again…really good ideas. Still takes me ages to get ready and never leave enough time for the car seat struggle and last min. pooh! #ThatFridayLinky

    • Thanks for commenting – I have approved the first comment now 🙂

  • Kiki W

    Theres a lot of good advice here. I try to get everything ready the night before as well, but still end up leaving late…the usual struggle of wont go in the car seat, last minute pooh…I couldnt imagine doing this with two littles. I hope this works for you. #ThatFridayLinky

    • I hope this works as well! Everything is laid out and we’re ready to go. But three year olds are a law of their own and so it’ll be convincing Reuben he doesn’t need to rin in his pants that’s the hard bit!! x

  • Great tips! I’m about to go on maternity leave, and we’ve got getting out the house with a four year old down to an art…but I’m worried how that will change when I need to do the school run with a new baby. Good luck, you’ll rock it!
    #ThatFridayLinky.