If I could give 5 tips to help do your best Momming it would be these; Simple yet effective. Keep your sanity ladies, you’re gonna need it!
#1: A hands free pumping bra: I did not own one of these until number four came along and man it is a life changer! My life could have been so much easier had I bought one sooner! We are full on milking over here now! Liquid gold for dayyyyys!
#2: Sleep nursing: Now I did this with number two as well but I am still constantly telling new moms how to do this. I sat up in bed nursing number four for a couple weeks, watching my husband sleep soundly. (Actually snoring his face off) Pretty much until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. One night I literally fell asleep nursing sitting up and I decided enough was enough. I laid down and tucked him in ever so perfectly and while I semi slept (a little more than not sleeping at all) he nursed and dreamt of a never-ending milk supply! It was a win win for all. Obviously this is a comfort thing too, so if you aren’t comfortable don’t do it.
#3: Whiteboards: I’ve mentioned my whiteboards, my lists and my random signs everywhere. As a family of six we need all the help we can get! Whiteboards are easy to change and grow as the tasks do. Ours change weekly with our rotating chores for the kids and we have one for daily reminders as well.
#4: Straws: Yes straws! Your regular drinking straw cut into three different sizes. Tuck those three pieces away for quick and easy deciding! Who’s having a shower first? Draw straws! Who’s going with Daddy? Draw straws! Who’s turn to pick the movie? Draw straws! Easy Peasy! You cant get mad a the straws now can you?! (Actually they can, and will but drawing straws still works wonderfully and it doesn’t make you the bad guy because they picked, not you! )
#5: Storage! Bins, boxes & hooks: Its basically like the old ‘sweep it under the rug’ trick… except it looks better. You can take clutter and mess and throw it into cute bins, boxes or buckets and it looks great! Cute little hooks put all those superhero capes on display and leave room in the bins for all the other stuff! Anything that gives us more space to put stuff is a win. We have a small house with a lot of people in it! I have to say the best purchase I made was my Ikea storage shelves!