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Today is the day. A day that I knew would come quickly but never did I realize how quickly. We are gearing up for our first foray into school. It may seem minor since my daughter is going to preschool only 3 days a week for 2 hours, but for a mom, that’s always running out the door a minute too late usually missing a few essential items some prepping ahead of time will be necessary. Here are some of the things I’ve done to get us all ready for this new adventure.
1. Set your Coffee Maker:
I do this every night anyway. In the morning it can be hard to keep a loud baby from waking up her sister as I set her down to brew my essential coffee. So I set the timer the night before and in the morning carry down little sis and pour her milk and my coffee without any whining.
If you’re an iced coffee lover brew your coffee the night before and store in a mason jar in the fridge so all you have to do is throw it over ice, or even better try a cold brew recipe. (This tutorial is a great one.)
2. Prep breakfast ahead of time:
There are so many great options for make-ahead breakfasts that are easy to prep and quick to reheat. My girls love pancakes so whenever I make some I make extras for the next day. Then just pop them in the toaster (so much tastier than in the microwave) and you’re ready for syrup. Some of my other favorites are:
Chicken sausage and scrambled egg wraps
Overnight Protein Oats
Egg Frittata Muffins
PB Banana Wrap
3. Organize get ready essentials:
We tend to schedule our weeks with some days entirely out of the house and others fully at home, so many times my toddler’s hair is in a hat or a birds nest on play days at home. Since we will be out and about more days a week now I decided to gather all of her hair supplies and keep them in one easy place to make morning get ready sessions quicker. We put everything, including hair ties, hairbrush, detangle spray, and headbands in one caddy in her closet.
4. Move outdoor clothing and backpacks to child height:
We added some hooks at toddler height to hang backpacks, coats, and hats within reach. Toddlers love doing everything themselves so why not give them the opportunity to do so and help free up a few minutes for you to do grab those last few essentials to throw in the car.
5. Plan for time to get out of car seats and walk to your location:
Remember that toddlers sometimes move slower than molasses, so leave 10-15 minutes early to allow time for getting out of car seats, grabbing every item that dropped in the car, and the unavoidable multitude of stops your toddler will make as they are walking into the building.
Wish us luck and hopefully not too many tears on my part as I drop off my girl for her first day.
All of you seasoned moms, what are your musts before school starts?