April 2022 Moms

Your best mom life hacks

rbfleirbflei member
edited November 2021 in April 2022 Moms
I know I went rogue and made a new discussion board. I'm sure this should go somewhere else but thought it would be fun to put some collective wisdom up as I think most of us are S or T or FTM and there are not a lot of questions and sometimes FTM don't even know what to ask.

Everyone has a bit of awesome wisdom and a way of doing the the little things that makes life easier. I don't know all of them but after one kid I have a few mom life hacks. What are yours?

1. I always make the crib in this order, waterproof mattress protector, crib sheet, 2nd waterproof mattress protector then 2nd crib sheet. Late night blowouts and vomiting will happen this way you strip one layer of mattress protector and crib sheet and baby goes right back to sleep and you don't have to remake the bed at 0 dark 30.

2. Whenever we buy diapers for the first time in the a new size I also always buy diapers in the next size up as well and put that box in the nursery. Inevitably you will have that baby growth spurt diaper blowout at 2 am on a Tuesday night and need the next size up it's awesome to just have some on hand. I hate late night diaper runs.

Re: Your best mom life hacks

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    Patting the baby's butt is like magic. When they are new and a mess, pat their bottoms and they tend to calm down. It has helped get my son back to sleep so much better than almost any other sleeping product or hack.

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    Don’t buy any fancy medicine delivering pacifiers. Just use a nipple without the bottle. Pop it in their mouth and put the medicine in once they start sucking. Easy. 
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    @kiwi2628 I didn't even know button jammies were a thing until I accidentally got some for DD?? I was like who in their insane mind created this???? It was too late to return by the time I figured it out, so I donated that shit real fast. 
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    @kiwi2628 I second the “bright and loud” days— don’t set yourself up for failure later by insisting everything be quiet while baby is sleeping during the day. Live your life like normal and your baby will learn to sleep through loud, normal household noises like vacuuming or preparing dinner. 

    Have little baskets left around the house in common spots where you hang out with diapers, wipes, and other little necessities in them so you don’t have to go back and forth to baby’s room to change their diaper or get something. I had one in my bedroom and one in my living room with small jars of coconut oil (great for diaper rash and nipple cream), granola bars, tissues, and (later) pacifiers.
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    In the very beginning, just keep nursing the baby as much as you can… helps them sleep through the night. I pumped my boys full of milk and they gave me a good nights sleep (most of the time). Also, don’t kill your self with middle of the night pumps … enjoy the sleep instead! 
    Me: 36 DH: 36
    Married: October 2011
    DS: January 2016
    DS: May 2019
    #3: April 2022
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    Are these general advice things or hacks? My hack is the 3 spoons technique for when you start solids. Give baby spoon full of whatever you're trying to get them to eat. They will take the spoon. Give the baby a second spoon (a literal second spoon) with what you're trying to get them to eat. They will take that spoon as well. Now their hands are full. You can continue feeding them lol. (We did a mix of BLW and purees.) Also don't give babies pouches without one of those pouch protectors or the little like sucky lid things. Puree volcano! haha
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    @doxiemoxie212 I would say hacks - things that you wouldn't normally know/expect but you found surprisingly helpful. 3 spoons is a perfect hack (IMO)!

    To go along with your 3 spoons : we really liked these spoons  because they made slightly less of a mess because they don't hold much volume but still let them learn the motions of holding and using a spoon.

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    This is just a little one, but I would put the little tiny baby socks in one of those small mesh laundry bags. The socks don’t really get all that dirty since they’re not walking around or anything (unlike my kids now - everything is covered in mud), and especially with my first baby, his clothes were thrown in with all our big grown up clothes. The bag made it just that much faster when it came time to fold, they were all together and none got lost. 
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    @Blondesweety444 We had those spoons, too, and we loved them! We did strict BLW so it was mostly for her to feel included and to gnaw on but I really liked them.
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    I typically gave him those spoons and a bowl of yogurt for pure entertainment / learning purposes most of the time. I could cook dinner while he played around and made a giant mess. It was great!
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    The first few weeks your baby’s bassinet might feel too open and large for them. If yours comes with a newborn insert, get it because it’s worth it!
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    Not sure if it really counts as a hack... but when you start solids, it's so much easier if you have a hard plastic/wood chair (the Ikea ones are great, and super cheap) without any fabric pillows, and strip baby down to just their diaper. Bibs just mean more things to clean up, and it's so much easier to wipe down baby or put them straight in the bath after.

    And a dog. Get a dog to clean up the floor, if you don't already have one!
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    kiwi2628kiwi2628 member
    edited December 2021
    Having a dog is the best life choice with a baby. I so rarely have to clean the floor or the chair or the baby even. Unless it’s vegetables. My dog is morally opposed to veggies I have learned. 
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    @kiwi2628 Haha - ours will vacuum up veggies no problem, but he quickly decided that grains aren't worth the effort, so the rice, oatmeal, couscous, etc. all gets left unless it's in a big glob
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    I second @kiwi2628 and the starting tummy time early. We started with DS his first week home and he never screamed or hated it. 

    Also second @aloha_mama and the baskets around the house. think about you too, not just baby. keep snacks, water, other necessities in easily accessible places. 

    Keep extra diapers/wipes in your vehicle, maybe even toss in a onesie. even now (DS is 2)we keep extra diapers in both cars just in case and it has been a life saver. We keep ours in basically a cosmetic/travel pouch, but a gallon size zip top bag can do the trick.

    We also keep stuff for us in the diaper bag. When DS was really little I kept a tshirt dress in the diaper bag and DH had a replacement shirt. We also have a tide pen, hand sanitizer, mints and chap stick in the "parent section" of his bag. Sunscreen for all of us. 

    Start a bedtime routine and stick to it. DS can be running around seemingly full of energy and once we start the routine, he settles and by the time we read our nightly books he's ready for bed. We do the same thing every night down to saying the same phrases. 

    TTC#1 10/2016
    TTC/IF:included medicated cycles, IUIs and 2 rounds of IVF with 1 embryo each. 
    BFP finally in 12/2018

    TTC#2 06/2021
    planning FET

    "Some days are diamonds, some days are rocks,
    some doors are open, some roads are blocked" 

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    kiwi2628 said:
    Having a dog is the best life choice with a baby. I so rarely have to clean the floor or the chair or the baby even. Unless it’s vegetables. My dog is morally opposed to veggies I have learned. 
    Omg yes!! Get a dog, borrow a dog… just do why you have to because they are game changers during feeding. 
    ******************** BFP Warning *******************
    I'm 29 and DH is 32 we have a MFI (low count) 
    IVF #1 starting in August. ER 9/5/13 23 eggs we are fertilizing 15. 9 frozen
    ET 9/10 - transferred 1 perfect 5AA blast
    7dp5dt BFP ~~ Beta on 9/19 - 77.4 Beta #2 on 9/21 - 357
    Low heartbeat on 10/7 86, lower heartbeat on 10/11 76, no heartbeat 10/14/13. D&C 10/15/13
    Tests revealed MTHFR c677t mutation, put on Folgard.
    FET #1 1/6/14 - 4BB blast - BFN
    FET #2 - 3/3/14 - 5AB Blast -- Beta #1 3/12 - 152 -- Beta #2 3/14 - 358
    FET #3 06/09/16 - 5AB Blast - Beta #1 6/18- 245 -- Beta #2 06/20 - 600
     PAIF/SAIF/PAL/SAL welcome!

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