Mastering the Art of Escaping with a Newborn and Toddler

Feet of a newborn.

Congratulations! You’ve just welcomed a newborn into your life, and if that wasn’t enough excitement, you’ve got a lively toddler bouncing around too. Now, you might be wondering how on earth you’re going to leave the house without losing your sanity.

Been there, done that! Fear not, brave parent! With a little strategy and a touch of humor, you can conquer the daunting task of venturing out with your tiny tag team.

How can you organize your outings for success?

First things first, throw your old concept of “spontaneous outings” out the window. With a newborn and a toddler, planning is your new best friend. Schedule outings during the calmest parts of the day, ideally after naps and feedings.

Make a checklist of essentials: diapers, wipes, snacks, toys, and, most importantly, a spare set of nerves.

Cleaning baby with wipes.
Make sure to take a diaper, wipes and a spare set of dresses with you.

What is the essential equipment for escaping with ease?

Invest in the holy grail of baby gear: the double stroller. It’s your trusty steed for navigating the wild terrain of malls, parks, and grocery stores. Bonus points if it has ample storage for all your survival supplies.

And don’t forget the baby carrier for those moments when your toddler decides they’re too cool for the stroller.

How do you master the art of getting ready?

Remember when you could dash out the door in five minutes flat? Yeah, those were the days. Now, getting ready resembles a military operation.

Start the prep process well in advance, because chances are, someone will need a last-minute diaper change or snack refill just as you’re about to leave.

Rubbing lotion in baby's body.
It takes a lot of time to make a baby ready, so start with your preparation ahead of time.

What techniques can you use to tame your toddler?

Toddlers are like tiny tornadoes of energy, and keeping them entertained is key to a successful outing. Pack a bag of tricks: coloring books, snacks, small toys—anything to keep them from unleashing havoc upon the unsuspecting public.

And don’t underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned game of “I Spy.”

How do you find humor in the madness of outings?

Let’s face it, no matter how much you plan, things are bound to go sideways. Your toddler might decide to stage a protest in the middle of the grocery store, or your newborn might decide it’s the perfect time for a diaper blowout.

Take a deep breath, laugh it off, and remember that you’re doing an amazing job, even when it feels like chaos reigns supreme.

Father with baby.
Share duty with your partner to lessen the burden and stay cool.

How can you partner up for parenting triumphs?

If you’re lucky enough to have a partner in crime, teamwork is essential. Divide and conquer: one wrangles the toddler while the other handles the newborn. And don’t forget to tag in for bathroom breaks—because trying to navigate a public restroom with a newborn strapped to your chest and a toddler doing the potty dance is a whole other level of adventure.

When should you accept defeat with grace?

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the stars just don’t align. Maybe both kids are having simultaneous meltdowns, or you realize halfway through the grocery store that you forgot your wallet.

In these moments, it’s okay to throw in the towel and retreat back to the safety of home. Remember, there’s always tomorrow (or next week) for another attempt.

Man and woman sitting together.
Sometimes it’s just okay to retreat and stay happy.


Venturing out into the world with a newborn and a toddler might seem like a Herculean task, but with a little planning, a lot of patience, and a good pinch of humor, you’ll be able to handle it like a pro. Embrace the chaos, celebrate the small victories, and remember that the memories you’re making are worth every ounce of effort.

Now go forth, brave parent, and show the world that you’ve got this!