Keep Your Toddler's Shoes In The Car 

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Toddler footwear: Adorable, yet problematic. The tiny shoes are just so... tiny. When my daughter was younger, I’d find lone miniature sneakers everywhere — under the couch, in toy baskets, at the bottom my handbag.

Getting them on the kid’s feet was a whole other challenge. After I’d manage to get one secured, she’d scamper off and I’d be left chasing her around with the other shoe, like an annoyed Prince Charming.

Here is a trick I’ve learned from fellow fed-up parents: Keep your toddler’s shoes in your car. Socks, too, if you’d like. That way, you won’t lose them, and you can put them on your child once he or she is restrained.

Just store them in a backseat organiser with other car ride essentials (keep them in their own bag if you’re worried about dirt). Then, either carry your toddler from your house to your car (and vice versa), or if you have a garage, make a pathway out of floor mats.

Yes, your kid will need to learn how to put on their own shoes eventually. But for those times when you’re wrangling multiple children and need to get out the door, having this set-up can save you several precious minutes.

Trust me — the last thing you want to be doing in the morning is hunting for an itty bitty Chuck Taylor.


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