Am I the only mom who feels like she needs about 10 more hours in each day? Sometimes I struggle with getting everything done on my to-do list. So I’m sitting down today to write out a list of mommy shortcuts that are sure to save me time in the days to come! Here they are:
1. Never go to bed with dishes in the sink. This way, you won’t wake up to a full sink of dishes. And I now have a house rule that any time a dish goes in the sink, it must immediately be rinsed and put into the dishwasher. As soon as the dishwasher is full, it must be started. That way, I don’t have to block out 30 minutes straight to do a sink full of dishes.
2. Get the kids’ clothes ready the night before and set them out. I know I’m not a morning person and am usually scrambling to get out the door, so this makes one less task for the morning.
3. Keep a “just in case” bag in your trunk. We don’t have time to run back home if our babies have a blowout diaper and need to change clothes. But what do you do if you forgot to pack an extra outfit in the diaper bag? How about those times you’ve run out of diapers in the diaper bag and didn’t realize it until you were out and about? Solution: keep a “just in case” bag in your trunk with baby essentials like wipes, diapers, diaper cream, extra clothes, pacifiers, and a bottle. This way, you don’t have to go back home or waste money on purchasing extras at the store.
4. Make a huge batch of baby food ahead of time and freeze it. All you have to do is steam veggies or blend fruit, then label it and stick it in the freezer. When you need more, you just take it out, thaw it in the fridge overnight, and feed Baby the next time. This will also save you a ton of money. Baby food is NOT cheap!
5. Get a car seat that has a base. Then purchase two bases. This way you don’t have to uninstall and reinstall your car seat each time your hubby takes the baby for the day or the grandparents babysit overnight. Not only is a base easier to install, but you can buy multiples and leave them in the cars. Then, you just click the car seat in and you’re set!
6. Use a pacifier pouch. Somehow pacifiers disappear like hair ties, am I right?! Like seriously, where do those things go? Digging down to the bottom of a diaper bag to find a pacifier takes too much time and heaven forbid you have to dump all the contents of your diaper bag to find an extra pacifier. This is where the handy-dandy pacifier pouch comes in! Just clip it to the outside of the diaper bag, and voila! Instant access to a necessary item.
7. If you formula feed your baby, fill your bottles with water before putting them in the diaper bag. Then, you don’t have to ask the waiter at the restaurant for some water and worry about it being freezing cold. (My babies never like to drink their formula if it was too cold.) This way, the water is room temp, and all you have to do is pour in the formula and shake it up!
8. Prep meals for yourself. The worst is when you feed your babies and realize you haven’t eaten yet — so you then have to head to the kitchen and take 30 minutes or more to make yourself a meal. If you can set aside a couple hours at the beginning of the week where your spouse can watch the baby so you can meal prep for yourself, then all you have to do when you get hungry is grab one of those meals and heat it up!
9. Get a ton of bodysuits for your baby! These things will be your best friend. They are super easy to put on, easy to unbutton when you change diapers, you can fit multiples in the diaper bag — and they’re super cute, so you don’t have to spend a ton of time finding the matching bottom half of an outfit.
10. Try the “two loads of laundry a day” technique when it comes to dirty clothes. My mother-in-law swears by this. She says the thought of two loads of laundry a day isn’t nearly as daunting as one day a week where you have six or more loads to do. When you have babies, laundry piles up quickly. So this approach ensures that you don’t have multiple laundry baskets overflowing in your house to the point where you have to stay home an entire day just to get your clothes clean.
Do you know of any time savers that I didn’t mention? Please share them in the comments below! I’m always open to suggestions on how to make my days easier!