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Get Ready To Get Out

Creative ways to get your baby and yourself out the door (without looking like a new mom).

Put on a show. Set your little guy up in a baby-safe floor chair outside the shower, then break out your hidden talents. Play peek-a-boo with the shower curtain. Use one of his tub toys as a prop. "Sing so the baby knows you’re right there," suggests Shara Lawrence-Weiss, a mom of three in Flagstaff, Arizona. "Every time I sang ‘You Are My Sunshine’ or ‘Twinkle Twinkle,’ it bought me extra minutes for a shower plus time to dry off and quickly get dressed!"

Keep the baby busy with toys. "I used to give my babies clean, wet washcloths to chew—it kept them occupied as I got ready," says Micaela Birmingham, a mom of two in New York City. "When they were teething, I’d put the washcloths in the freezer."

Get a new toy for you. "When my third child was born, I bought a high-tech blow dryer," says Coco Peate, of Thousand Oaks, California. "It helps me dry my hair in half the time compared to my old one. Totally worth it."

Get ready at night. Well, not completely ready; putting on makeup at 11 p.m. won’t work. But you can take a shower, shave, and actually put on lotion.

Wearthe baby. "Both my husband and I were big on baby wearing" says Jen Clay, a mom of one in Memphis, Tennessee. "If Jamesgot fussy, I would put him in the baby sling and do my hair and makeup. It takes a bit to get the coordination down, but it works great."

Keep outfits simple. "I’ve basically been wearing all black, or black tops and jeans in the two months since I had my daughter," says Lindsay Pinchuk, a mom of one in Chicago, Illinois. "They’re simple, foolproof outfits that always look good, fast. If I want to dress them up a bit, I throw on a necklace or some earrings."

Buy yourself some time. If a sitter’s coming over, ask her to arrive 15 to 30 minutes before you have to go so you can have some rare prep time to yourself.

Double up. Running out of deodorant: never fun. "I buy two whenever I need shampoo, mouthwash, or other toiletries," says Vickie Smith, a mom of eight in Ashton, Idaho. "That way I don't have as many emergency trips to the store. There’s no such thing a quick trip anymore!"

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