Thanks to Similac for sponsoring today’s helpful checklist! This is the last in a series as a part of the Sisterhood of Motherhood.
Minor Mom (or Dad!) mishaps: they happen to everyone. I remember reading every book on the shelf, trying to stay prepared for every situation I might encounter with a baby, and even later, a toddler. I read. I asked. I observed. But life is unpredictable, no matter what. Have you ever put your keys in the fridge? What about leaving that all-important form at home? I know I’m guilty of leaving the entire diaper bag at home and then having Red spit up everywhere? Or how about the time we were out errand-ing and I completely forgot about his well-child visit? That took a while to reschedule! There are ways to stay prepared with a new bundle of joy, you just need to flex your prep/routine a little bit!
We all know that mishaps are bound to happen, whether we like it or not. Sometimes, they snowball and turn our decent day into a really crummy one. But thinking ahead is the best advice I can give you on how to stay prepared with a baby! It sounds awful, but be a little pessimistic. Think about what could go wrong and prepare for that…
- Bring ALL OF THE THINGS. But Lindsey, doesn’t that mean a heaping bag of crap to lug around everywhere? Well, yes, but if you make everything travel sized, are smart about what you need, and constantly clean out your bag, it’s not that bad.
- Pack some of ALL OF THE THINGS in your Car. This is a lifesaving tip. Have a little tote in each of your cars, and stock it with properly sized diapers, travel wipes and a spare outfit. You can even stash non-perishable snacks, a first aid kit, hand wipes and store your water bottle every day here. Voila! I just cut your bag size in half.
- Learn your Child’s Triggers. Does your baby tend to spit up excessively? Pack an extra outfit for her, AND a few shirts for you in your car bag. Is your toddler struggling to potty train? Don’t chance leaving the house without a travel potty, grocery sack liners and extra underpants.
- Use Online Delivery Services like Amazon stock & save, etc. for delivery of goods on a schedule (We’re using a diaper service like this for Baby Girl). If you know how overwhelmed you are, don’t leave it to chance that you’re going to run out of detergent, diapers, shampoo, etc. Keep a digital grocery list in your phone (Google Drive is AWESOME for this) and check it instantly when you need to add or delete an item.
- Give yourself a moment to recoup. No one can be “on” all the time. If you don’t give yourself a moment to recharge, gather your thoughts or collect yourself, you won’t be at your best (or even your moderate self). This really reduces the chances of being on autopilot and driving to the wrong destination, forgetting an appointment or even to text your mom back! Give yourself some brownie points for all that you’re doing.
What are your best tips for staying prepared with a baby or a toddler? Are they travel based tips, or do you like to stay home and ready? Let me know by leaving a comment, & thank you!
I am incredibly proud to be a Partner of the Sisterhood of Motherhood with Similac, and they generously sponsored my discussion starter. The Sisterhood of Motherhood believes it’s time to embrace parents who choose to embrace parenthood, because no two of us are the same, and we’re all in this together. We need to nourish each other the same way we nourish our kids. The Sisterhood (all of us!) is there to help you get through the first few days and months of motherhood with confidence — and zero judgment. And I firmly believe that’s way it should be.