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Surviving the Waiting Room with Littles

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield, a brand my family loves! All content and opinions are my own.

We’ve entered the phase of life where Eleanor has various extracurriculars (dance, swimming, etc…) throughout the week. And Everly… well, Everly gets drug along for the tedious task of waiting for her big sis in the lobby.

Over the course of this fall, I’ve nearly perfected our routine for getting out of the house and surviving the dreaded waiting room (even with a toddler in tow).  Here are my four best pieces of advice…

Surviving the Waiting Room with Littles

Let her feel involved

For Everly, this means dressing like a full-fledged ballerina for Eleanor’s dance lessons (yes, the tights, leotard AND shoes) and goggles for swimming lessons. Sure it’s a bit of a hassle to remember Everly’s “accessories” too, but it’s well worth her positive attitude from feeling involved in the activity.

Leave a “distraction” bag packed

I leave a bag full of fun little activities packed and ready at all times in our laundry room. It’s easy to grab on my way out of the house whenever I think there might be some waiting involved. I keep ours stocked with this doll dress-up book, these wipeable cards, and a few other odds and ends like books and blocks.

Bring mess free snacks

Some of my favorite snacks to pack are Stonyfield yogurt squeezers. They’re healthy, the girls love them, and they’re easy to pack! Have you tried the Birthday Cake flavor yet?! My girls go bananas for them! With a couple of yogurt tubes in my bag, I know I’ll have an instant win no matter how long the wait is!

Don’t forget your grace

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly – I *try* to remember my grace. I was the little sister of my family too, and waiting around for my big sis wasn’t always the easiest for me either! No trip goes perfectly, but we’ve had a lot more fun together since I’ve left the house a bit more prepared :)

Do you have any tricks for surviving the waiting room with littles? I’d love to hear!

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xoxo joanna

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