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New Parents: How to Keep You and Your Little One Organized

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Having a child can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Welcoming a baby into your home means you and your loved ones will have to make some major adjustments. As your little one grows and requires more of your attention, it can be challenging to keep your home organized. Here are a few practical tips that will help you keep your home a little tidier.

Use Labels and Signs

Labeling household items and various furniture pieces in the house can keep your child organized. Using kids’ labels for your little one’s toys and furniture can also help enhance reading skills and you can even use the kids labels to help your children learn a foreign language. It’s also a good idea to place signs on the door to help you remember to place certain items where they belong, i.e. a sign to let you know where you’ve stored your baby’s formula or reusable diapers. As your child grows, you can create or purchase to let your child know to put his/her toys in a specific bin or to place certain clothing and shoes in specific containers. You can also customize the signs and labels to feature your child’s name to get your little one’s attention and motivate them to clean up.

Create Two Baby Stations

You’re likely to be very tired during the first few months (or years) of parenthood. You’ll have to learn your baby’s sleep patterns, schedule time for nursing, and provide an open space for play once your child starts scooting, crawling, and walking. Handling all these tasks means you’ll likely be in various areas of your home throughout the day. To make sure you can keep up with your growing baby, you can create two baby stations in your home. This is especially helpful if you spend most of the day in the living room or home office, and the baby nursery is on the other side of the home. Use a small shelf to store diapers, wipes, burping cloths, lotion, powder, teething rings, and a change of clothing in the area of the home where you spend the most time. This will help you tend to your baby quickly and help you avoid walking to the nursery each time you need to change your little one. If your second changing station is in a common area of the home, you’ll be more likely to keep it clean, especially if you entertain guests often.

Plan Your Grocery Shopping and Meals

As your little one grows, his/her dietary needs will change. This likely means that your child will start to develop a taste for certain foods and you’ll have to add more items to your grocery list. You can stay organized by taking a few minutes per week to plan out your list. Once you know what you’re going to buy, you can start planning your meals. You can take one day out of the week to prep all the week’s meals and freeze them. Since you’ll likely be busy throughout the day caring for your baby and fulfilling other professional and family obligations, crossing dinner off your list can help you save time and give you a little more peace of mind.

Add Bathroom Storage

Bathtime can be a challenging task when you’ve got an active little one or a child who isn’t fond of taking baths. Waterproof nets with suction cups that adhere to the bathroom wall can help you store your child’s bath scrubs, washcloths, and bath toys. This allows you to keep all the necessary items you need for bathtime in one place so you can allow your child a few minutes of playtime or expedite the process. Additional storage in the bathroom also makes for easy cleanup after you give your child a bath.

Plan Laundry Days

When you have a new baby, you’re likely going to be doing laundry more often than before. This is especially true if you use burping cloths and reusable diapers. If you load the washing machine in the morning, you can transfer the clothes to the dryer during your child’s nap and fold the clothing after giving your child an engaging activity to enjoy. When you plan your laundry days and tend to the clothes when your baby is occupied, you’ll be less overwhelmed and can finish the task quicker. It may also be helpful to have a separate bin or small hamper for each family member to ensure all clothing items go in the right place.

These simple tips can make the day go smoother so you can get back to spending valuable time with your little one.

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