How to keep on top of things with a baby
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 | Mummy and Little Me
5 Tips to keep on top of things with a Baby.
So we all know how hard it is making sure everything that got done before, still gets done, when you have a little one, or two, or three in tow. I've tried my best to share my most helpful tips that I've found work for me. Don't get me wrong, I have days, sometimes weeks (or months - thanks Chickenpox) when it all goes to pot, but you just have to brush it off and keep going.
1. Do your chores first. It's so unbelievably easy when your child naps to think YES! Peace and quiet. But I always appreciate it more if I know I haven't got the dishes piling up in the kitchen. I always try to ensure as soon as the boys are down, I get what I need to do, done. That way the rest of their naptime is metime, and if they wake early, which of course they do. I'm not worrying that I didn't get chance to do my jobs.
2. Can you afford help? It's not something we really can justify, but every so often I do get a local lady to do our ironing, it takes off the added pressure and is usually when we've been on holiday and have a huge pile. Either way, it's one less job. And if you can afford anything from a cleaner to a gardener, if it's a weight off your mind then it's worth it.
3. Get a routine. I've been quite strict on myself in that Mondays and Fridays are my big clean days, all the day to day jobs obviously get done in the week. But those two days I make sure I give everywhere a deep clean. Firstly Monday as it sets me off on a good, fresh and clean mind for the week then also Friday as then I feel I can relax and give myself a little break over the weekend when John is home to share the load.
4. Exactly that, share the load. In the same way I'm tough on myself and give myself a routine, John has one too. I'm no mini hitler, but washing pots after tea and bottles before bed are Johns little chores. I don't think it's too much to ask and is never more than a 15-30 minute job. It makes him feel he's doing his bit and I don't resent him for doing nothing ��
5. Enlist little ones, if you have a toddler like myself, I always get him helping out. Little things like giving him a dust cloth (he absolutely loves this) although I often find him trying to dust the carpet, or just asking them to put something in the bin. Noahs even been known to have his own bucket of soapy water with a sponge, helping me clean my car. He enjoys it, and I'm not having to 'find time' around him, because we're doing it together. Plus it's setting him up for later life when I'll encourage light chores into our family routine.
All in all, don't be too hard on yourself. My littlest is only four months and we still have sofa days where I can barely manage to move a cup. Not everyone is perfect and definitely schedule in some real bonding and you time. Do you have any tips that work for you? Sharing is caring.
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