Having a baby is hard work! There’s so much to do already to have a house run smoothly, add a baby into the mix and it might overwhelm even the most prepared mother. I have found a few baby hacks that help me to be prepared.
1. Essential Basket in Living Room
There are a lot of things that babies need. I didn’t want to have to constantly be walking back in forth to the bedroom to get all the things I might need. So I put 2 baskets out in the living room. The baskets are on a bookshelf, where they fairly easy to get to. I keep hand sanitizer, diapers, wipes, swaddles, and burp cloths in one. Let me tell you, having the burp cloths in there has saved me a time or two. In the other, I keep some toys, extra binkies, and board books. I like to read to him throughout the day and don’t want to always have to go to the bedroom. This seems to work out well.
2. Bin for Outgrown Clothes
It’s insane how fast they grow! I knew he would grow fast, but it’s still pretty crazy. He outgrows clothes pretty fast, so when I put something on him and it’s snug, I have a bin in the closet that I throw them into. That way they aren’t taking up space hanging in the closet or just thrown in a random corner, and I don’t have to worry about trying to squeeze him into something too small later.
3. Layer Bedding
This is actually a trick my mom taught me. We did it to his crib and to his pack and play. Buy those felt mattress savers from Walmart or Target and then put one of those down then a sheet, then another one of those and another sheet. You can do this a couple more times if you want. That way if they poop, pee, or spit up everywhere in the middle of the night you just have to strip the top layer of the bed and don’t have to worry about remaking the bed in the middle of the night. In the same vein, make sure to have extra sheets.
4. Organized Closet
We got tons of clothes at our shower and from friends, some all the way up to 2T. These DIY closet dividers have been really helpful. I know which clothes he can currently fit into at a glance. It’s also really easy for me to tell when laundry needs to be done. Since his closet almost always looks full, but he may not fit into everything in his closet.
5. Bottle Basket/Drying Rack
We bought a basket at Target for the nipples so that you can wash them in the dishwasher. This has been a lifesaver. We don’t always have time to hand wash all the nipples we’ve used and I’ll just need them again tomorrow, so being able to pop them in the dishwasher rocks. Our dishwasher doesn’t fully dry things, and when we hand wash them we need somewhere to dry everything. So having a drying rack specifically for bottle nipples is great.
What are some of your favorite baby hacks? I’m know there is much more that I could learn!