You can buy pacifiers to soothe your baby, iPad apps to entertain your toddler, and a box of wine to unwind after a long day of working and parenting. But the one thing you can’t buy, even though you would pay any price, is time. Lucky for you we have five tips to save some of those precious chunks of time.
Wash socks in lingerie bags.
Where do those itty-bitty socks disappear to? The world may never know. Avoid contemplating this mystery and wasting your precious time dismantling your dryer by throwing them in a mesh laundry bag intended for adult delicates.
Stop sterilizing bottles and pumps.
According to WebMD, boiling baby bottles and breast pump parts before use made sense in “the old days when water supplies were not reliably clean”, but today you can usually skip this time-consuming step. Unless you child is premature or sick, regular soap and hot water should be all you need.
Use a pizza cutter to prepare kid-friendly bites of food.
Cut your food prep time in half (pun totally intended) by taking a pizza cutter to all kinds of kids’ eats like waffles, sandwiches and noodles. Ditch the knife and fork and save yourself some time.
Prevent and treat diaper rash with coconut oil.
Every baby is different, but some parents swear by adding coconut oil to their diapering routine. Available at most grocery stores, coconut oil is also great for dry skin and in baking as a substitute for butter. Not only will you save the time it would take to treat the rash, you’ll also save your precious little one some discomfort.
Trace your child’s foot and go shoe shopping without them.
What is it about shoe shopping that primes your precious angel for a full-fledged public meltdown? Avoid this totally embarrassing and stressful situation by tracing their feet on card stock and heading to the mall by yourself. With a latte in hand and the kids elsewhere, you might actually want to drag this process out a bit longer than necessary.
What will YOU do with your extra time?