By Sara Richmond Walls
Cleaning with a baby can be hectic and stressful
Cleaning with a baby can be hectic and stressful. You may feel that you never get anything accomplished! First and foremost, these tips are especially useful for the ages of 2 months until mobility. Until the baby is sleeping through the night, which often starts happening around 3 months, you’re best options are to lower your standards of cleanliness and seek help from others. Once you’ve established the new “normal” in your home, there are things that you can do to make cleaning less difficult on you so that you feel like you are completing things and keeping your home nice and tidy.
- Think Small: For the longest time, I had a cleaning day. I took ALL day to clean my whole house and do all of my laundry. Before having a baby, I could do this. After having a baby, things that only required 15 minutes now require an hour with the feeding, diapering, entertaining, cuddling, etc. interruptions! Now, instead of trying to tackle everything in one, exhausting, overwhelming and obnoxious day, I break things up into tasks. For example:
- Monday – Do 1 load of laundry
- Tuesday – Scrub the toilets and clean the bathroom mirrors. Do 1 load of laundry.
- Wednesday - Do 1 load of laundry.
- Thursday – Wipe down the showers, the bathroom countertops and the bathroom floors. Dust the Baby’s bedroom. Do 1 load of Laundry.
- Friday – Do 1 load of laundry.
- Saturday – Finish dusting; tackle the kitchen and the floors with husband’s help.
- Take Baby with You: There are many toys out there that both stimulate baby, and allow mom or dad to get a few things done around the house.
- The bouncy seat – This fun chair often comes with music that plays when the baby kicks, an overhead toy and music. Best of all, they often vibrate! This is a great soother during teething or to help baby go to sleep when he or she is fighting it!
- The play mat – Easily transportable, the play mat will allow baby to enjoy some tummy time or even reach for objects overhead. A simple quilt on the floor with toys around the baby will also work for this purpose.
- The jumper/exersaucer – There are a ton of contraptions out there that enable baby to jump or to stand while playing with toys all around him or her. Greatly entertaining, but baby gets tired quickly!
- The baby carrier – One great example of a baby carrier is the Baby Bjorn. It is a great way to be close to your baby while also accomplishing tasks. Baby often gets very interested in what mommy or daddy is doing and is also close and comforted.
- Utilize Nap Time – You will learn what tasks you can get done in the nap time that your baby takes. For me that is 30 minutes and I can usually eat lunch or clean the toilets or wash bottles in that time.
Remember as you implement these tips in your routine that a clean house is not as important as a happy healthy baby. You also need to take breaks and spend quality time with him or her, making sure that they know you are there and feel safe and secure. While you are feeding or nursing baby, focus on that and nothing else. Enjoy those quiet moments – they won’t last long!
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