Mum asks if her before school uniform hack is 'mad': 'Normal people don't do this'

Mornings are a battle and parents need every hack they can get, but is this too much?
Mornings are a battle and parents need every hack they can get, but is this too much? Photo: iStock via Getty Images

Getting out the door on time in the morning is a battle. We all wish for a magic solution that could make our lives just that bit easier. 

One mum has turned to Mumsnet.com to ask whether her unusual time-saving solution is acceptable.

The mum has four children and all of them need help getting ready in the mornings, with the oldest two having additional needs and the younger two need help due to their age.

"Mornings are hectic and between getting myself and the four of them ready it can take a very long time to get out of the house! We also need to get a bus, so we miss it sometimes where we haven't got out on time (usually by seconds)," said the mum.

"I read a news article a little while ago about a woman who says she dresses her children for school the night before! Would anyone do this? Or am I mad to consider it?"

Many commenters said the mum's desperate solution was a "terrible idea".

"No, normal people don't do this. I'm afraid this is definitely not the solution to your morning problems (which I share!)" said one commenter.

"What next- just leaving them in yesterday's uniform because it doesn't look too bad? Nope, this is a no go. Sorry," wrote another.

Some commenters were very understanding of the mum's dilemma and tried providing alternative solutions.

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"I completely understand why you would consider anything at all to help, but I really don't think this is a solution. School uniform would be very uncomfortable to sleep in- so would probably make the situation worse," said one commenter, "Plus, if they are anything like my (kid), the clothes would be crumpled, sweaty and at times covered in snot (and worse!) so I'd have the even bigger struggle to get them to change again"

"I think it doesn't give them good habits to build off for the future - plus if they mentioned sleeping in their clothes, I'm sure school would log that as a concern," pointed out another.

"How much sleep does the eldest get? Can you get literally everything ready the night before and stack it in dress order? Bags all by the door etc? Can you shower the night before and just quick wash in the morning?" suggested one commenter.

"I can see how it would be appealing when you're exhausted and stressed to have one less kid to get ready. Getting up and dressed is part of life, they do need to understand that and as much as every stage of the morning is a battle and fight with my youngest at times, he is getting better," shared another commenter.