Self care tips are something all moms can use – these self care tips are written specifically with moms in mind. Self care doesn’t have to take a huge time commitment – you can take care of your mental and emotional health simply by devoting small snippets of time to improving your own well being. By valuing yourself, you are training those around you that you also need self care. Use these simple self care tips to get you on the right track.
Struggling to get your toddler to brush his teeth without a battle? These tips and methods will help yu get your toddler to brush his teeth!
For a long time, I dreaded the twice a day tooth brushing I had to give Ryan. It was a hassle. It was an argument. Sometimes I would get kicked in the face. Sometimes I lost my cool. Sometimes Ryan ended up crying. Sometimes I ended up crying.
At 3, my independent little boy no longer wanted to sit still while I brushed his teeth. He also didn’t want to brush them himself. (or, if he did, it was so begrudgingly and half-done that it was as if he hadn’t done it at all.) So we would spend sometimes 30 minutes trying to brush his teeth to my satisfaction.
Sometimes I let amateur brushing slide.
Until I stumbled upon a few ways of brushing his teeth that actually worked and without the tantrums.
Baby won’t stop crying unless he’s in a carrier? Toddler caught a cold and super clingy? Even if you’re stuck with a kid on your hip, you can get things done! Keep reading for the ULTIMATE guide to getting more done with a baby on your hip.
When my first son was born, he had really bad colic.
Not only did he insist on being held all.the.time, but he never slept.
That’s actually a lie. He did sleep – but only if I was holding him and moving around. I would rock him for hours and hours hoping that I would at some point be able to put him down to rest for 20 minutes before he was up again. I would strap him in the carrier and walk around the house with him, nursing him to sleep (and then some) and hoping he’s wake up happier.
I used a fitness tracker back then and I remember one of the worst days I logged 35,000 steps. I didn’t leave our small, 600 square foot house at all that day.
When Owen was born, I prayed and prayed that he would be easier because the only thing that sounded worse than a colicky baby was a colicky baby and a 21-month-old who also wants attention.
Thankfully, Owen was a better sleeper, but still loved being held, and without the convenience of having only one kiddo, I now faced different obstacles that required I hold Owen all.the.time.
All of that to say, I am somewhat of an expert on getting stuff done when you have a kid attached to you. Because just because you have a colicky newborn, sick toddler, or clingy preschooler doesn’t mean that the rest of the world stops moving. You still need to eat. You still have errands that need to be taken care of. The house still needs cleaning.
In this post, I’m going to be sharing all of my favorite tips for getting stuff done with a kid on your hip, whether it’s a 3 year old with a boo-boo or a cranky 22-month-old in a carrier. You CAN get things done, it just takes a little more maneuvering to get it done.
This is a sponsored post I wrote on behalf of BJ’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
You guys, babies have a lot of stuff. Like, a lot of stuff. And I’m not even talking about the number of appliances or equipment that can make life easier, like swings and bouncers and wipes warmers – I’m talking about the actual, sheet number of STUFF they need.
Like a billion and seven onesies, because poo-splosions will happen. Oh, and if you have a little with reflux, double that – at least.
Diapers. And diaper rash cream. And wipes. And nipple cream and boob pads and bibs and bottles and pacifiers and formula. And cleaning supplies – both for icky baby booties and your house which at some point will feel like it has a layer of yuck on it.
And that’s not even considering what happens when they get a little bigger.
We try to be ~minimalist~ in our house. not by choice but because our home does NOT have to room for anything more than that. With that in mind with both boys we kept the ‘stuff’ to a minimum and I realized that while babies do go through so.much.stuff, they don’t necessarily NEED a ton of stuff.
And when you have 2 under 2 you need to know what is ESSENTIAL and what isn’t, or else you’ll be drowning in baby AND toddler stuff. Because while babies need a ton of stuff, so do toddlers- and sometimes it doesn’t even overlap.
When I first got pregnant with Ryan, I felt heavy with the knowledge that my friends – fresh out of college and starting exciting careers, enjoying the dating scene, and generally enjoying being young – would have a hard time identifying with my from then on out. As someone who has a hard time making friends, this honestly seemed crippling. Just the thought of having to go into the world and make even one new friend who understood me and what I was going through on top of learning how to be a mom and handle a newborn? It kind of sounded like the worse case scenario.
Thankfully, I eventually found my group of people that I could chat with about being a mom – and some of those people are YOU awesome people who come here and chat with me 😉
Now, I’m not sitting here saying I have a million and seven mom friends. If I did the whole MOPS or joined a baby gym or mommy and me classes or something similar, I’m sure I would have a few more, but the reality is that, besides the handful of awesome ladies that I can reach out to and chat with, I have one really good mom friend – my mom BFF – who I rely on for my parenting companionship.
And I really, really, really need her in my life to keep me sane.
Because here’s the truth: your partner is amazing. I won’t take that away from them. But sometimes you need another mom in your life for something – things only another mom will understand. A mom who doesn’t have to sleep next to you at night and who you can complain to when needed. If you’re sitting there thinking that you’re doing just fine without a mom BFF, I’m coming at you with reasons you absolutely, irrevocably need a mom BFF in your life – like, yesterday.
PS – make sure you stay through to the bottom of this post where I’m giving you a free cheat sheet of do’s and don’t for meeting new moms and conversation starters to take the stress out of making a new friend!