Maggie Gyllenhaal: Ramona Taught Me How to Be a Mom
Make mistakes with your first child, so you know what you’re doing with your second, right?
Maggie Gyllenhaal — celebrating with Johnson & Johnson for the 125th anniversary of the First Aid Kit through a partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide — says she still continues to make mistakes with Ramona, 6½, and Gloria Ray, 14 months, all the time.
“When my first daughter was born, I remember going out without a diaper and she had pooped all over herself,” the White House Down star tells PEOPLE. “I had nothing to change her into, nothing to clean her with. I don’t know why no one told me I would need a diaper bag.”
Since then, Gyllenhaal, 35, has become a lot more organized. “I feel like being organized and having things thought through actually let’s you be a much more relaxed and cool mother,” she says.
She thinks about things in advance, like having a change of clothes. With time, and a couple kids, she now carries a little bag at the bottom of her purse where she keeps bandaids and Neosporin. “I have learned to have things together, and always check my bag before I leave the door,” she says.
The same thing goes for baby proofing her house. “If you baby proof, you can relax. Like the kitchen area in my house. I know that if I close the bathroom door, then there is pretty much nothing that my daughter can get into that will be harmful,” she says.
“She can fall down and bump her head, but that is part of being alive and that’s okay. But there is nothing around anymore that she can choke on or burn herself on. I did that so I don’t have to constantly watch.”
– Caitlin Keating