Let’s face it. Moms need all the tips and tricks, aka Mom Hacks, for making life easier. You not only have yourself to take care of (and ALL that goes with that – groceries, meal planning, cleaning, paying bills, etc) but now you have a little one and all of THEIR needs to take care of!
I’m 3 years and 2.75 kids into this mom life thing (our 3rd is due in August!) and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Here are a handful of mom hacks I’ve figured out!
10 Mom Hacks to Make Life Easier
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1. Keep an emergency bag in your car.
Keep a small bag in your car with daily necessities. When our kids were infants we kept 2 diapers, a travel size wipe and a change of clothes. Now I keep diapers and wipes for Penelope and a pair of pants for Roy (who’s mostly potty trained).
You could also keep a pacifier or small toy in there too! We also used to keep a nursing cover in Rishi’s car in case he forgot the diaper bag since I preferred to use a cover while nursing.
I can’t tell you how often this came in handy for us, especially in that first year of life!
2. Use a mesh garment bag for socks.
It’s hard enough to keep my own socks from getting eaten by the laundry monster, much less those tiny kid ones! Keep a garment bag near your hamper to throw socks in so you don’t lose them!
These are great because there’s so many different sizes and you can use them for a variety of things!
3. Get your groceries delivered!
This is one mom hack I used ALL the time when Penelope was born. There’s nothing worse than lugging 2 kids to the grocery store in 1 degree weather and it was honestly hard to fit groceries around a carseat and a toddler in the cart! This also helped me meal plan since I ordered all of my groceries Sunday evening to be delivered Monday so it forced me to figure out what we were going to eat!
I typically use Instacart and love them. You can use this link to get $10 off your first order or use the code JENB1FD126 at check out (full disclosure, I get $10 too!). It’s a lifesaver.
4. Keep a bin in your kid’s closet for clothes.
My sister in law taught me this and I think it’s genius! Rather than walking to the basement every time a onesie is too little, I just throw it in the bin. Once the bin is full, I put the cover on it and put it in our storage room!
5. Rotate toys.
This was one of the best ideas I ever heard. We have 3 medium sized bins of toys that we keep on each level (upstairs is where our bedrooms are, main level is where our living room/dining room is and our basement is our “fun” room).
Most of our play time main level and sometimes the basement but each level has a bin full of toys appropriate for both Roy and Penelope (trucks/cars, a doll, musical instrument, etc). I rotate the bins every couple of weeks and it’s always fun to see the toys they haven’t seen get played with again! It makes them seem new again.
Every once in a while Roy will ask for a certain toy so we’ll pull it out but often times they just play with what’s around them!
Our white bins are inexpensive ones from Target!
6. Use furniture pads on doors.
This is probably my favorite mom hacks. Rishi did this when Roy was little and it was GENIUS. There’s nothing worse than shutting a door while a child is sleeping only to wake them up with the close of the door. Rishi put furniture pads where the door hits the door frame so there’s no more noise!
If you don’t do any of these tips, you HAVE do this one!
7. Keep a small bag of kid activities in your car.
We bought this cute backpack for Roy for one of our flights to California to visit Rishi’s family.
When we got home, I kept a book, a water wow coloring book and a small notebook with a bag of crayons in it. We pull it out when we go to restaurants or anywhere where we may need some distractions for him!
8. Get your kids to help with chores at an early age
No, this isn’t child labor! 😉 Kids love helping out and feeling part of something so allow them to help!
We’ve started having Roy feed Chloe (our dog) dinner each night and helping with letting her in and out of the house. Roy brings his dishes to the counter after meals and, if we’re there to help him, he’ll dump any food in the trash and load the dishwasher.
Penelope has started pulling out plates or bowls while I prepare meals.
Both kids clean up their own toy messes and are learning how to put their own laundry away (Roy does great at it, Penelope’s still figuring it out).
I’ve quickly learned that the kids could be whining at my feet while I’m trying to prepare meals or I could empower them to help out which eliminates the whining! It’s a win, win!
9. Double layer sheets
We don’t do this 100% of the time but if one our kids is sick or if our newborns are dealing with a ton of spitting up we do!
Rather than having to completely remake the bed (especially for those middle of the night blowouts!), layer a waterproof sheet, a regular sheet with another waterproof sheet and regular sheet.
That way if there is the need to change sheets, all you need to do is remove the top 2 layers (sheet + waterproof sheet) and you’re good to go!
10. Utilize the bath for crabby kids!
Sometimes that act of actually getting the kids in the bath can be a disaster but adding some bubbles (lavender scented to induce calmness ha!) and a few new to them toys (raid your kitchen for spatulas, cups or other utensils they can play with) paired with their favorite tunes can turn even the crabbiest kid into a happy one!
Roy especially loves it when I tell him we don’t have to actually wash his hair and all he has to do is play for the next 30 minutes – an hour!
These simple hacks can be implemented today to help you feel less stressed and more prepared for the unexpected. What mom hacks do you do? Share with us!
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As always, thanks for reading and sharing!