Being a mom is like walking on a thin ramp while you are juggling multiple balls between your hands. Was that a hyperbole? Or perhaps not!
Parenting is not easy! Ever since I became a mom, I am constantly looking for little ways that save time, or money or just make life a little simple. Hence, a few tried and tested tips are good for my sanity.
In this post I share with you a collection of hacks that have been my saving grace on rough days. These are those moves that keep me from losing my mind. This is a delightful list of those hacks that I think make me a smart mom *pat on the back*. Yeah! Self appraisal is a thing.
#1 Keep the diaper bag ready at all times
This will save you at least 15 minutes of your time, every time you step out of your house. And because you kept that bag packed and ready when you were at peace and not in a hustle you’d save a trip back home to pick the forgotten sipper/diaper/napkin or the bag itself.
#2 Put a fussy baby (of just about any age) to a bath
I had a colic baby, and when the cry spells were uncontrollable I’d take him for a wash. And this one still works as a fool proof way of calming him down. Water has a soothing effect on kids. They keep themselves entertained in water
#3 Store filling snacks just about everywhere
I have a zip pouch with nuts – in my bag, in my baby’s bag, in the car, and in the bedroom drawer apart from the kitchen shelf. Keeping a hungry baby waiting is a bad idea and you know it!
#4 Use easy washable Paints
I am the kind who believes that a child’s imagination should be let free; he should be allowed to express himself on a canvas, even if the canvas is the walls of your home. Even if you are the kinds who’d rather hand over a piece of paper, can you really keep the walls free from impressions of Oil stained hands, the mud that came in with the outdoor play, or the piece of cake that was swung in air to rest on a white wall. Smart mom move would be to use easily washable Paints on the walls like the one’s offered by Berger Paints India’s Easy Clean Paint. When you can’t swim through water you make a bridge, simple!
#5 Store smartly
It took the birth of my child for me to realise why my mom has so many boxes, containers, baskets and even bins all around the house. The best way to keep a house clean with kids is to making cleaning up easy.
#6 twist a rubber band around the spray nozzle of your baby’s shower gel bottle
Otherwise be prepared to watch the bottle empty when your toddler gives himself a bath. This is one of the best tricks I have used at bath times
#7 Anti-slip socks
Can’t avoid wearing socks during winters; turn any pair of socks into anti-slip socks by painting dots of puffy fabric paint on the back side of the socks.
#8 Wash socks in a garment bag
You put out a pair of Baby socks in the laundry and by the time it passes through the cleaning process, the pair is separated and most often forever. A smart move is to put all the baby socks and small clothing items like mittens, bibs, napkins etc into a mesh garment bag before you put it in the washing machine. This makes putting out baby’s laundry ridiculously easy.
#9 Make a set meal plan
We are a family of foodies. And I am particularly finicky about what my baby eats. I save myself a lot of time by preparing weekly meal plans on a Sunday. This also helps me ensure that I have incorporated a right blend of foods in his meals.
#10 Live the mess
The best hack is to expect the unexpected and enjoy this roller coaster ride of parenthood.