Mom Hacks by Mamas for Mamas
Our FIT4MOM mamas were asked to share some of their favorite 'mom hacks' (some gave tips/advice). Lots of great responses came in! We are excited to share with you!
Motherhood is 24 hours a day - 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether you are staying home, working from home, working out of the home or even in school or a mixture of all of these things, it is constant and it does not stop. Anything we can do to make our lives a little (I mean even the slightest bit) less chaotic, is GOLDEN. How incredible is it that we can learn from each other? I mean, why reinvent the wheel, right!?
Find mom friends!
Motherhood can be so lonely, but it doesn’t have to be! Having someone or a group of people to relate to you makes it SO much easier.
Prepare ahead of time.
Have a diaper bag ready the night before so mornings are easier for spontaneous park play dates etc.
The emergency suit.
One of my proudest MOMents is when we have emergency swimsuits in the car #californialiving . You never know when someone will offer to take you swimming, beach, pool, water park etc. You can even change it out with the seasons so you have some winter gear for when the snow hits the mountains.
Always have extra clothes in your car- even when they are almost 4!
Save the important numbers.
Put the poison control number in your phone! We never had to use it thank goodness, but I can’t imagine trying to look it up in an emergency.
A kid friendly car MUST.
Have a playlist of kids songs or stories for the car when kids start getting antsy while you’re driving.
Don't do it all yourself.
Pre-cut veggies from the store. #gamechanger
Use your support system.
Never be afraid to ask for help.
Be confident in YOUR choices.
Always remember you know what is best for your child. Ignore what others say about how you have chosen to raise your own kid. Especially ignore people on the internet!
Motherhood is not a competition.
Don’t compare yourself to other moms, especially on social media. We all cry, have melt downs, a dirty house and more!
Invest in cute, strategically placed baskets.
I have a beautiful wicker basket in my living room... I throw the clean laundry from the chair to there when company comes over… #momlife
Incentives are your friend.
We have older kiddos and we change the wifi password weekly. In order to get the new password, they have to complete their task list (from cleaning to doing their laundry to helping in the kitchen with breakfast, etc…).
Get out of the house.
Go for a walk and breathe in fresh air. We live in Southern California where sunshine is plentiful. It’s amazing what going outside can do for you and your kids!
Don’t forget about you when planning outings.
Mama needs food too! Get the dry snacks packed the night before, have the cold ones in a bag ready to go so all you have to do is grab the icepacks in the morning and add to the bag to go. Having food on hand is good for everyone, helps when in the car or out at the park and you won’t need to stop for lunch because you planned ahead!
Make time to relax.
I put my kids down for a nap and then I set a timer for 30 minutes for me to do whatever it is that will relax me while I have some alone time. Whether that’s reading a book, watching a show or just closing my own eyes. It’s important to set aside the time for yourself so YOU are energized as well. It’s so important to refuel your own cup, Mama!
Instacart. So you get only what you need. Unless you like grocery shopping, then bravo, Mama! You’re my hero!
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Buy dishwasher safe-everything!
to hang bibs, or just about anything! This is a great way to help organize.
Use Zip-loc or reusable bags to store puzzle pieces in when done using, then store in clear plastic bin. So much easier than having to risk the puzzles being turned over after just cleaning them up!
*Pro tip: Keep resealable single use bags in the diaper bag. These come in handy OFTEN for dirty, wet clothes, or stinky diapers. Everyone in the doctors office will appreciate that you've put that gross diaper in a sealed bag instead of just throwing it in the trash.
Make cleaning up FUN!
Blast some tunes, get the kids involved and show them that it is fun rather than daunting.
Cool that baby down!
A clip-on battery operated fan and some gel ice packs behind a muslin blanket for the summer works amazing for our hot Southern California days!
Postpartum is hard.
And it doesn’t just stop after 6-8 weeks of “being cleared.” This isn’t really considered a hack, but it is so important to remember as a mama… You matter too! Your health matters. Your heart and your mind and your soul… they matter. Take care of them, too.
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