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How do you do things at home when alone? B&R + J 1 child; 2 angel babies; Germantown, Ohio 3749 posts
1st Mar '13

When you are home for the majority of the day alone with a toddler, or even a baby i guess. How do you get things you need to do done. Like taking out the garbage. If you live on the 2nd floor of the building and you need to take out garbage, how do you do it if your toddler isn't sleeping? I used to do it when he would take naps, because it is hard to carry him and garbage downstairs. But now he barely naps. Also, how do you carry laundry downstairs or into the laundry mat. I know some people don't believe in leaving a child in the car, but what is another way to be able to load all the laundry to the car and into the place and assure the child will be ok, if you are doing it alone.

Vivian [♥] 2 kids; Balls Deep, in, Georgia 13935 posts
1st Mar '13

I just do it?? Carry her, put her in a stroller? It's really not that hard. You'll figure out whats works.

user banned (boy); 2 kids; Fucking, Austria 36337 posts
1st Mar '13

how big of a toddler? I'd wear him. Or put him in a stroller but my kids don't really like strollers...

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46571 posts
status 1st Mar '13

Do it once your husband gets home.

TrixieGirl Due July 4; 1 child; Maryland 1175 posts
1st Mar '13

I put my son in his crib with a few toys when I have to take a shower. He climbs everything and gets into everything !!! Can you put them in the high chair with a toy in the house?

Ladee+Grant+Lilly 2 kids; Tallahassee, FL, United States 20882 posts
1st Mar '13

My son is 4, and my daughter is 1 but not walking yet. I put her in her exersaucer or crib, and my son just free roams. I can put on SB or give him his iPad and he is content and doesn't super move while I get done what I need to get done. A stroller might be a viable option for you if your kid will sit in one

tonys_mama(army wife) 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15538 posts
1st Mar '13

My husbands only job in the house Is to take out the trash but when I do it I just leave them in the living room and take it out. The big cans are right outside our front door though. I do laundry while they are playing but we have a washer and dryer at home. If I had to go to the laundry mat I would probably leave them in the house while I loaded the car up.

B&R + J 1 child; 2 angel babies; Germantown, Ohio 3749 posts
1st Mar '13

Thanks for the replies, for those who weren't rude.



He's 15 months, He can climb out of his high chair, i dont have a crib, and sometimes waiting until my husband is home isnt always an option. This is why i asked what others do. I didn't ask this for rude comments?! I have worn him while loading the car, but it makes it super hard to carry things since it's a front wearing thing, and it's really hard on me going up and down the stairs carrying things.



Thanks everyone!

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46571 posts
status 1st Mar '13
Quoting B&R + J:" Thanks for the replies, for those who weren't rude. He's 15 months, He can climb out of his high chair, ... [snip!] ... since it's a front wearing thing, and it's really hard on me going up and down the stairs carrying things. Thanks everyone!"


Not one person in this thread was rude.



The garbage doesn't need to be take out as soon as it is full. Have it ready the night before for him to take out when he goes to work in the morning. Do the laundry once he gets home, it will give him the opportunity to spend some time alone with the child.



It's all about time management.

Vivian [♥] 2 kids; Balls Deep, in, Georgia 13935 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting B&R + J:" Thanks for the replies, for those who weren't rude. He's 15 months, He can climb out of his high chair, ... [snip!] ... since it's a front wearing thing, and it's really hard on me going up and down the stairs carrying things. Thanks everyone!"


when you have no one to help, you figure it out. Push things around with your foot. Carry one bag at a time. There's no easy way but it's not impossible.

B&R + J 1 child; 2 angel babies; Germantown, Ohio 3749 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" Not one person in this thread was rude. The garbage doesn't need to be take out as soon as it is full. ... [snip!] ... once he gets home, it will give him the opportunity to spend some time alone with the child. It's all about time management."


As i said, waiting for my husband, isn't always an option. But thanks for the advice

B&R + J 1 child; 2 angel babies; Germantown, Ohio 3749 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting Vivian [♥]:" when you have no one to help, you figure it out. Push things around with your foot. Carry one bag at a time. There's no easy way but it's not impossible."


Thanks, i was just hoping someone had some easier ideas! If he were older i would just leave him in a safe spot in the house as one mom suggested, but he is just too young for that in my opinion.

Vivian [♥] 2 kids; Balls Deep, in, Georgia 13935 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting B&R + J:" Thanks, i was just hoping someone had some easier ideas! If he were older i would just leave him in a safe spot in the house as one mom suggested, but he is just too young for that in my opinion. "


there's really not much else you can do. DH is always trying to get the door for me and stuff when my hands are full but I always get it myself. Idk, no one was there for me before DH came along so you just do what you gotta do. Everything takes longer, that's for sure, laundry is like a 3 day job lol

user banned (boy); 2 kids; Fucking, Austria 36337 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting B&R + J:" Thanks for the replies, for those who weren't rude. He's 15 months, He can climb out of his high chair, ... [snip!] ... since it's a front wearing thing, and it's really hard on me going up and down the stairs carrying things. Thanks everyone!"


I see not one rude comment. :?

O's mamma 1 child; Springfield, Illinois 2455 posts
25th Apr '13

Groceries in and out: I have a mommy hook. I carry her on one hip and the groceries on the mommy hook.
Laundry: I just have her play in the living room. It's her safe place. EVERYTHING is out of reach that's bad; the baby gates are up, ect. So she's free to do as she pleases. Sometimes she comes and helps put things in baskets or the dryer as well.
Cooking: she sits in her high hair and "helps" me. I'll let her wash the veggies, stir the food, ect. Basically she eats. Lol.
Dishes: I make sure all the knives are out of reach, she helps load her plates and cups and other plastics. Then watches me. After that, she helps turn the knobs so the " swishy swishy" starts.
Garbage: I take it out once she's in bed. I make sure if she got out of bed there's nothing that could harm her. It takes 2 minutes. Taking it out to the curb I put her in the carseat, with the car on. Leave the car door open, take 5 steps, grab the can and roll it to the curb. Then get in the car && go to work.



I include her in everything I do. When j is gone she's all I have. And I'm all she has. It's tough. But doable.