For the most part, we’re all forced to come up with creative tricks for getting things done once a baby has entered the picture. Eating with one hand, sleeping while standing, sleeping while sitting, sleeping while singing…you get the picture.
I come across great ideas all the time that make my life so much easier. So I thought it was high time I shared my secret tricks for getting things done with a baby.
Here we go:
Shower with your baby.
You need to do it, they need to do it. Might as well just efficiently do it together.
When my son was a little baby, I used a water sling in the shower and kept him with me each and every time. It started out of desperation because he hated the bath, but it ended up being a great bonding opportunity – and now he absolutely loves the water. It saves tons of time, you bond with your baby, and you actually get to shower every day.
Set up different play stations throughout your house.
I bet your baby has at least 20 toys that surround him in his play area, yet he’ll still only sit there for 10 minutes. Add new toys? Still only 10 minutes. Bring back old toys? Still only 10 minutes.
Try having different play areas throughout the house so that your baby actually experiences a change of scenery. If you’ve got different play devices, try and have them in different rooms instead of one massive play area. Once they start to get fussy, just pick them up and go to a different room where you get another 10 minutes to do something else.
Which brings me to my next trick…
Break your chores and projects into 10 minute intervals.
This one is key. No matter what chore, project, or activity you need to get done, figure out a way to break it into 10-15 intervals. That’s typically the amount of time your baby will give you before they are ready to move onto the next activity. You won’t be able to finish things at the same time that you start them, but you will eventually get them done.
Use more than one baby carrier.
Since my son’s birth, I have relied on six different carriers. This seems excessive, but each one has its own strengths and weaknesses. Plus, by changing carriers, you switch up what part of your back or upper body is bearing the weight, which is really important for your health.
Stay with your baby for naptime.
What?? Is this the same article? I know, I know. How can you possibly get things done if you stay with your baby during naptime? I’ll tell you how. You organize yourself, you come with a list of things you can do silently, on your computer, with a book, or on the floor and you stay with your baby while they nap. First of all, it’s important to experience that silence each day. It lets your mind relax even if you’re working on something else. Second, it carves out time each day to do the things that get pushed off when you’re running around doing the chores that never end – straightening up, dishes, laundry, gardening. I do this with my son and it has ended up being one of the best decisions that I made.
Let them play in the clean laundry while you fold.
I tried toys, I tried TV, I tried puffs. Nothing was ever as exciting as clean laundry being folded. I finally threw in the (clean) towel one day and just let him jump around the laundry while I kept folding around him. Low and behold, I actually finished folding the laundry. It took twice as long of course…and many items were folded twice. But I got it done. And now its a regular activity that we do together and both look forward to.
Put your trash can right outside the cooking area with baby-safe magnets.
In the olden days, they’d just use a playpen. Now we have to get a little more creative and actually entice them to stay away from us.
My biggest worry is the kitchen. I don’t want him to get hurt and the area is just way too small to actually have legitimate toys. So I got creative and now use my trash can paired with toddler-safe magnets to keep him out of harm’s way.
Make casseroles for dinner.
I know, you’re thinking ‘YUM!’ and ‘EW!’ at the same time. But with Pinterest these days, you can easily find healthy, tasty casseroles that don’t feel heavy and won’t make your buttons pop. The reason casseroles are so important is that you can make them throughout the day (in your 10 minute intervals), then throw them in the oven when the time is right, and then you will have tons of leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. I’ve found a bunch of healthy casseroles that I make regularly and are always a big hit in my house.
So there you have! My current secret tricks. Let me know if you’ve got any that work for you!
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