Time is the one commodity new parents always lack. Whether that time is time you used to spend sleeping, or if you just don’t have a spare minute to devote to doing the things you used to enjoy, chances are you’d welcome any ideas which will pay back those missing minutes into your day. Here are some tips which could save you hours:
With a first child, friends and family will probably overwhelm you with clothing gifts at your baby shower: Cute socks, shoes, bonnets and complex outfits with tiny buttons. As lovely as those may look, a baby changes outfits around 100 times a day (at least, that’s how it feels). Reducing your baby’s wardrobe to lots and lots of babygros and vests, especially ones which are easy to put on, will save you hours every week. Not only will dressing time be reduced, but you’ll save precious minutes washing, drying and folding.
Those tiny socks and booties aren’t very good at relationships- they tend to prefer the single life. A good way of keeping track of them when they need a wash (they always seem to sneak into the business end of a nappy during a change), is to have a small net bag into which a few pairs can go. The bag is tied shut, and goes into the washing machine with the other clothes. It can even be dried without being opened. Your local baby product store will sell them.
The washing machine is NOT the enemy
You can save time by investing in some easy-to-maintain clothes for yourself, especially clothing which dries quickly and is wrinkle-free. There are also services which pick up and drop off ironing- it’s difficult to iron with a cute baby asking for some attention.
The hunger games
You can economise on time by preparing double portions of your own meals and freezing one of the portions, by preparing all of baby’s food first thing in the morning (or even the night before) and by prepping smooshed veggies once a week- simply prepare the veggies, place them into ice trays, and then microwave a couple when needed.
Instead of keeping all of baby’s nappies, wipes and clothes in one room, how about having a supply stashed in each room to save you time normally spent crossing the house every time you need to change nappies.
Ever watched a new mom operating on autopilot? She’ll be repeating the same actions without even thinking: The dummy plops out off her baby’s mouth. Either mom will take it to the sterilising bucket and use the backup dummy or she’ll rinse it off under a tap. Over and over. Some babies are experts at popping out dummies, so bending down to retrieve a dummy can become hugely exhausting. If you can find a safe dummy clip or chain which will stop the dummy from bouncing under the couch, you’ll be surprised how much time and energy you conserve.
Those are just a few ways of conserving your sanity. You may even have so much extra time that you’ll feel at a loose end. What to do? If one baby can be this easy, you may even find yourself feeling broody again! Perhaps not...
Do you have any tips for new parents for saving time?