Sometimes as a mom, doesn’t it feel like your days get eaten up so quickly, and when you look back you feel like you got nothing accomplished? There are always going to be those days you just decide its a “do nothing” day. But sometimes you wake up feeling like you have so many things you need to get done, and especially having a baby that needs your care all day makes it feel impossible to do. I’ve looked back at some of my most accomplished days to come up with 5 tips on how I manage to get things done with a baby.
#1: Do Things in Chunks
Sometimes you have tasks that take more than a few minutes to do and it always seems to be the day you can’t get your baby to sleep more than thirty minutes at a time. It’s okay if you don’t accomplish the task all at once. For me, things like laundry, writing, cleaning, etc, end up getting spread out throughout the day, and that’s totally fine! Unless you’re in a competition with yourself for the quickest time cleaning the bathroom, you don’t need to finish it in one setting.
#2: Just Let Them Cry… A Little
Whether it’s sending out a quick email, paying your bills, or finishing eating breakfast…if you only need a couple more minutes to finish the task it’s okay to just let your baby cry it out. I’ve gotten really good at eating my meals in about 3 minutes because Camden always seems to wake up right when I’m about to eat.
#3: Try Baby-wearing… and Other Things
When I first had Cam, he slept like, well, a newborn. So I had 2-3 hours of down time to get a bunch of things done! Once he started rolling back his nap times, I had to figure out something else otherwise I’d never get anything done. Once I started using my Boba Classic 4GS carrier, I was amazed at all the things I could do while he was in there. Vacuuming, making a sandwich, finishing laundry, you name it. I also love using the Infantino Flip Front 2 Back carrier so that he can face outward and I can show him what I am doing and make him be a part of it. It’s also a great purchase if you don’t want to spend a lot of money and is currently on sale for $26.26 at Amazon.
Another option is to find something that baby likes to be in. Camden likes being in his Joovy Spoon walker from Amazon. I like that it only has the tray and no toy attachments so I can put whatever toy he is interested in at the time on the tray. He also likes sitting (and mostly sleeping) in his rocker, and if I’m in the kitchen he will sit in his high chair for a little bit. Just get creative and get your baby used to you not being at their every whim for a couple minutes so you can do what you need to do.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about getting things done with a baby it’s that multitasking is a mom’s best friend. The other day I went back and forth from making breakfast to doing laundry to feeding the cat to picking up stuff from the night before. The quicker you master this the better time you’re going to have as a mom, and this skill will continue to be necessary as your children grow up.
#5: Just Let it Go
Some days, it’s better to just soak up all the time you have with your baby and not get worked up over every little thing you didn’t get done. Your baby is only a baby for so long, after all, and you certainly don’t want to miss out on that.
These were my 5 tips on how to #getthingsdone with a baby. Let me know in the comments how you get things done with a baby in the house!
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