How to Get Stuff Done with a Baby
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It can feel impossible to get everything done as a stay-at-home mom! Between feedings and meals, endless laundry and diaper changes, doing anything ‘extra’ like vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom is sometimes just out of the question. Here are my tips, learned from experience!, for how to get stuff done with a baby.
Figure Out Your Most Productive Time
Your most productive time is when you have the most natural energy and drive to get stuff done. For me, that’s usually in the morning after I’ve finished my coffee and Bible time. Figure out what works for you, and go with it!
Save the Best Activities
Save a very special toy or activity for when you really need to get something done. I loved setting Emma up in her high chair with some Color Wonder markers and paper – they’re completely mess-free and great for little tots who haven’t quite figured out where the paper ends and the table begins!
Use Naps or After Bed
If you can put your kid down for a nap and then get some cleaning done, that’s great! For me, that was my rest time too. I got most of my work done before Emma woke up and after she went to bed!
Use Meal Times
With older babies and toddlers, use their meal times to get some cleaning done! Since morning was my most productive time, I would set Emma up with an array of yummy things for breakfast, then get to work on the dishes and whatever else I could clean within eyesight of her.
Get Them Involved
Even before Emma could walk, she loved to be a helper! Although their idea of ‘cleaning’ might not quite line up with yours, having them occupied and happy at your side can be enough to let you sneak in some real work. When I was doing some volunteering for church and needed to get computer work done, she loved to get set up right next to me with her Leapfrog laptop and type away, just like Mommy!
Give Yourself Grace
Most importantly, if you have a newborn, a special needs child, or something else that desperately needs your time and attention – that’s more important than anything else! Give yourself grace and don’t expect too much of yourself. Get help, from your spouse, family members, a cleaning service, whatever you need!
I know it can be overwhelming to try to get stuff done with a baby, but remember – housework is not your top priority! Loving on that little babe (who’s getting bigger by the day!) is most important.
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