Looking for ideas to make your life a little easier?
Read on for tips & tricks I’ve picked up along the way.
The Benefits of Zipper Jammers. My son has a thing with taking off his pajamas when he doesn’t want to go to sleep. He knows it will get me to come in the room and so he uses it as a stall tactic. Well, I once heard from a Mom who would put her son’s pajamas on BACKWARDS. Super smart because our little ones don’t yet have the dexterity to reach behind them to undo the snap and get the zipper down far enough to get them off!
- The Benefits of Zipper Jammers Part II. When my babies were infants and waking up for night feedings, they would usually need diaper changes as well. There is nothing worse at 3 o’clock in the morning than dealing with those tiny little snaps on onesie pajamas. OK, there are probably worse things, but this one’s pretty annoying. I cannot tell you how many times I would start at the feet, snap by snap, and get all the way up to the chest before realizing the jammers were crooked because I missed a snap somewhere. As cute as they may be, I will not buy a pair of onesie footed pajamas if they have snaps. Zippers are the only way to go.
- The Multipurpose Cloth Diaper. I do not use cloth diapers for my babies (sorry environmentalists) but I did use them for many other things. I kept some throughout the house for many purposes. With boys, you have to always be wary of the ‘sniper pee’. When my babies were little, the minute the diaper came off, you can bet the pee was flying. A cloth diaper over the torso is the best way to prevent this. They’re also great for wiping spit up or drool, or throwing over your shoulder as a burp cloth.
- The Crib Sheet Shield. On a nice day when you want to take the baby outside for some fresh air in the pack and play, place a fitted crib sheet over the top to protect baby from the sun and bugs!
- Minimizing the Fallout from the Blowout. You know you’ve made it when you survive your first poop blowout. The most difficult moment is when you try to remove your baby’s onesie over their head while trying to avoid getting poop in their hair. Have you ever noticed the way a onesie is designed? It has envelope folds on either side of the neck hole! Simply stretch it over your baby’s shoulders, pull it down the body and off over the feet instead of up and over the head! Boy, I wish I had known this one sooner.
- Survival Gear. Keep a survival box in the trunk of your car with a few diapers, wipes (which can be remoistened with some water if they dry out), a change of clothes for baby and a change of shirt for you. This can save you if you’re ever out and forgot to replenish the diaper bag!
Got some great tips & tricks you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them – leave a comment so we can all benefit from your tips & tricks too!
Great Tips & Tricks from Readers!
- Here’s a tip from Angela on how to protect your baby from germy changing tables in public places: Have you ever had to change your baby in a public washroom but weren’t sure about the cleanliness of the change table? A good trick here is to put the clean diaper under the dirty one so that after you take the dirty one off you know that the surface under the baby’s bum is germ-free and you can just pull it up and close before any of those famous flying pee incidents. Thanks, Angela!
- Here’s a tip from Dinh on how to help your baby with a missing binky in the middle of the night: I found it helpful to have spare binky/mimi/nuk/pacifier/dummy etc. in the crib when my son was sleeping. He was at an age where he could not look for his binky and would cry until he got it. At 3 am, it’s just easier to reach in and find one on the edge instead of trying to figure out where the other one went! I stored about 4 around the edge of the crib so I could just grab it. Thanks, Dinh! And when your baby is old enough to retrieve and replace their binky, try sprinkling a few around the crib to increase the chances they’ll find one and you won’t need to go in and replace the binky in the middle of the night.
- Here’s another great tip from Dinh on potty training: Start when your baby can sit up by herself/himself. You don’t expect a person to read right away but you teach them the alphabet and sounds and then how to read. Same thing with potty training. Get them used to the potty right away so they know what to do with it. You can put them on the potty first thing in the morning or before bath time to start off with if you have time constraints. Increase as they get older. This is a stress-free way and a much easy approach than forcing them to do it when they are 3! My son was trained at 18 months and my other daughter 2.5 years. My youngest is still in training although lately she has been telling me she needs to go before it happens in her underwear. Thanks, Dinh!