Getting out the door once you have kids definitely takes on a new meaning!

Getting out the door with kids can be a challenging task, but with some planning and organisation, it can become a smoother process. Here are some top tips to help Mums (or parents in general) get out the door with kids:

1. Prepare the Night Before  
- Lay out clothes for both yourself and your children.  
- Pack bags with essentials like diapers, wipes, snacks, and any other necessities.  - Check the weather forecast to ensure appropriate clothing.

2. Create a Routine:  
- Establish a morning routine that includes specific tasks for both you and your kids.
  - Stick to a consistent schedule to help children know what to expect.

3. Use a Checklist:  
- Create a checklist of everything you need to take with you, including items for the kids and yourself.  
- Keep the checklist in a visible place to make it easy to refer to.

4. Set Realistic Timelines:  
- Factor in extra time for unexpected delays, such as last-minute diaper changes or tantrums.  
- Allow ample time for everyone to get ready without feeling rushed.

5. Involve the Kids:  
- Encourage independence by involving your children in the morning routine. Let them choose their clothes or help pack their bags.  
- Offer simple tasks appropriate for their age, like putting shoes on or grabbing a toy.

6. Establish a "Launch Pad":
 - Designate a specific area near the exit as a "launch pad" for keys, bags, and other essentials. This helps avoid last-minute searches.  
- Keep frequently used items like strollers or car seats in an easily accessible location.

7. Use Timers:  
- Set timers for different tasks to keep everyone on track. This can create a sense of urgency and make the process more engaging for kids.

8. Prioritise Essentials:  
- Identify the most crucial items you need to take with you and prioritise them. This way, if time is tight, you can focus on the essentials first.

9. Stay Calm and Positive:  
- Children often pick up on their parents' emotions. Stay calm and positive, even if things get a bit chaotic.  
- Praise your children for their cooperation and efforts during the process.

10. Bring your carrier/ mumsie!
- Babies/Toddlers love to be carried so having a carrier options available is key!

Remember that flexibility is key, and not every day will go perfectly. Be patient with yourself and your children, and don't be afraid to adjust your routine as needed.