Let’s start with an irrelevant side note. Searching for baby pictures to put on my blog is making my uterus hurt. I am powering through it though. Somebody tell me I should be done having kids. Quick.
So last week I talked about some of my baby tips and you all left some awesome baby tips of your own in the comments. Seriously, go back and read them, cause they are good. And overwhelmingly you all gave the reminder to trust your instincts and parent in a way that is best for your family and not anyone else’s. Best. advice. ever.
But you may recall that last week I participated in a chat with Heloise at The Motherhood and she shared some great tips that I wanted to pass on to you. Partly because I really did think they were genius. And partly because it is one less WFMW tip I have to come up with myself. If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you may recall I enjoy the lazy.
1. Dealing with Kids’ Boo-Boos: Heloise recommended using a red washcloth, which shows no blood and using tiny frozen fast-food condiment packages as ice packs. I thought this was crazy brilliant. Then in the chat, Brandie suggested filling cloth bags with flax and lavender and putting them in the freezer. They feel good on bruises and small injuries and have a nice scent that can be calming.
2. Ways to Organize Kid’s Things: Heloise suggested putting complete outfits, underpants and all, in a large zipper bag. On the weekend, put together a week’s worth to save stress and time on hectic mornings.
I have heard of doing this when traveling but never thought about doing it at home. It would be perfect for when you leave your kids at home with the hubby or grandparent and run off to a blogging conference. Either way, I need to get back to using my clothing organizer method.
3. Keeping Track of Bath Toys: Heloise says to corral them with a plastic colander or mesh vegetable bag, which go right into the tub and allows for easy drying. “This Mama Loves” suggested putting them in a lingerie bag, zip it and put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Avoid squirty bath toys or toys with holes, which are harder to clean and sanitize. Personally they all give me the heeby jeebies. But these are great ideas.
4. Maintaining the Peace During Naptime: Various members of The Motherhood said that when the baby is sleeping, you should put a note on your front door that says, “Do Not Disturb, the baby is napping” to prevent people from ringing the doorbell and waking him or her. Don’t you just want to KILL the UPS guy when that happens.
5. When Heloise invited the community to share their best advice for new moms, everyone overwhelmingly said, trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to come up with your own rules. Just like my brilliant readers said last week.
My favorite piece of advice from the chat came from Heloise at the end. “My mother, the original Heloise, started a mom’s community back in 1959 with her newspaper column. She told her housewives, ‘I love you, and you’re not alone’." Advice I need to hear on a daily basis.
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.