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be out seems like a lot, but that will make sure you are covered for any blow-outs. Make sure to include an extra swaddle blanket (they can be used for a cover-up, changing station or just a clean place to put one baby down) and an extra pacifier for each baby. Packing a wet bag or just a few storage bags is a must so you have a place to put wet or soiled clothes. You don’t want those mingling with your clean things, and especially not with their bottles and other items they may put in their mouth. When you return home from your outing, be sure to re-pack anything you used right away to ensure you aren’t missing anything on your next outing.

prep the house to get out the door

It may seem crazy, but time is everything when it comes to trying to get out the door and go. Have the car seats by the door ready to load up the babies. Have the diaper bag packed and keep it close to the door, too. Have your stroller and baby carriers already loaded into your car. Get yourself and everything you need for your outing ready before loading the babies into their car seats. Once they are loaded, you want to be able to just pick up their car seat carriers and load them into the car to be on your way. One missing, but very necessary item for your outing can increase the time it takes to get out the door exponentially, and no parent of multiples needs that!

timing is everything

No matter what time it is, make sure before you head out the door that the babies have clean diapers and full bellies. Morning is often the time that babies are the calmest, so getting out early can help avoid fussy babies. Newborn babies sleep a lot, so take advantage of those naps and get out of the house when you know they will be happy to sleep. If you have older babies, be sure to keep in mind their nap schedules, as some babies don’t do well when their routines are interrupted, even by just the tiniest bit.

make a list ahead of time

Your first trip out with newborns will likely be to your first pediatrician’s appointment and there is a good chance when you get there, you will forget everything you wanted to ask. With everything you have to remember to do and load in the car just to get there, is it any wonder? At home, keep a list for each baby with all of your questions and concerns and take it with you to the appointment. If you are headed to the grocery store or pharmacy, make a list ahead of time so you can get in and get what you need and don’t waste time wondering around the aisles. There are even great grocery apps to help you keep tabs of the things you need or are running low on. Try GroceryIQ for starters. Designed by coupons.com, it helps you manage your lists and save money while shopping, too.

dress the babies right

Layers are key so you can easily remove or add clothes to keep each baby comfortable. Look for clothes that give you easy access for diaper or outfit changes. Zippered outfits are also great for outings instead of having to deal with tons of snaps.

prepare for the worst

Assume you are going to be out longer than you intend so you have plenty packed in your diaper bag. Create a bag of extras that you keep in your car all the time so if you forget something in your diaper bag, you have an extra stash. If you are using a stroller with air filled tires, keep a bike pump in your car. No one wants to carry both babies that far in car seat carriers, not even in a pinch!

don’t forget yourself

Make sure for every outing you have a change of clothes for yourself (for those big spit ups or blow-outs). Pack snacks and a water bottle for yourself, too. If you’re not carrying a separate bag, make a place in the diaper bag so you have quick access to your phone, keys and ID. Most importantly, try to relax and enjoy the outing. At least one of the babies will cry while you are out and you will forget at least one thing you need. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to take along your partner or a friend on your first few outings. Before you know it, you’ll have it all down pat and will be out in a flash!

Julie McCaffrey is a mommy to 3 kids, including one set of twins. Julie owns BabyNav Baby Planners where she offers personalized consultation to new and expecting parents. She is a modern baby gear expert and loves to help moms and dads navigate everything from baby gear to preparing for multiples to getting back to work and getting the whole family on a routine. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or check her out at www.babynavbabyplanners.com. multiplicity

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