Every time my family comes to visit they ask me, “How on Earth do you do it?”. I walk on average 7 to 9 miles a day. Between running errands, taking the girls to and from school, and any exercising I can manage on my own time, I am constantly on the go. We take the subway, city bus, or sometimes as taxi and I have to be able to manage all of it with my two kids.
Believe me, I don’t think I’m superwoman. I have my days where I curse living in a city and I dream about the days I used to drive my SUV into my garage with all of the groceries. But you grow a tough skin in the city and all of the stairs and walking become your everyday routine. It’s what we do. I have just learned how to be smart about getting around the city and making sure I’m prepared with everything I need to get me and the girls home as quickly and easily as possible. So, today I’ve put together a few of my tips for getting around NYC with two kids:
- Know where you’re going ahead of time – I like to make sure I know which trains I’m going to take, alternate routes in case of train delays/schedule changes, and what is near the subway stop we are going. It is always helpful to know there is a good bodega or clean restroom nearby because life with toddlers in unpredictable!
- Bring more snacks than you think you need but less of everything else – I try to limit snacks (so they are sure to eat their regular meals) but I kind of throw that out the window when we are traveling or spending the whole day out and about in the city. I do like to pack my own though so they can be healthy and nutritious like fruit, snap peas, or granola bars. For everything else, I pack extremely light. If I run out of diapers/wipes/water/etc… I can always pick some up at a Duane Reade rather than carrying around a heavy backpack all day.
- Pack one or two activities – I like to bring one of these and one of these for the girls. Edith especially loves the question game and it keeps everyone happy and entertained on the train.
- Wear comfortable shoes – This is a walking city. Most of my friends and family who come to visit don’t expect to walk that much and end up with horrible blisters. I always suggest you wear a pair of tennis shoes or ballet you have had for a long time. Don’t try and walk 6 miles in those new strappy gladiator sandals you just bought on sale. I also bought these shoes for the girls. They are comfortable and there aren’t any laces or straps to worry about tripping over.
- Have the right stroller – I have gone through about 5 different strollers since we first had Edith four years ago. Moving to the city was a big adjustment from life in the suburbs and my needs completely changed. I have to have a stroller that is easy to fold, can be carried hands-free, and takes up as little space as possible in my tiny second floor walk up apartment. For me, the UPPAbaby G-LUXE has been the best solution for us these past few years.
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I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any other tips or suggestions for getting around a big city with kids.
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