This tip falls soundly within the category of "Why didn't I think of this before?" Getting ready to go anywhere can get a little chaotic around here. Twenty shoes, ten coats, various bags or belongings - and usually Hunter (15 months) is fussing and underfoot.
When it's Hunter's turn for shoes and coat, it's a bit like trying to put shoes on an octopus as he wiggles around my lap. A couple weeks ago, divine inspiration had me plop him in the nearby high chair to keep him from being used as a soccer ball in all the shuffle.
Voila! He sat still as I put on his shoes and coat (which was much easier since I was facing him). Giving him a book to look at, he sat quietly until it was time to take him to the van.
It's these little things that can make such a difference in the ease of getting out the door!