Last week I had the pleasure of joining many moms in different stages of parenthood for a live chat with Heloise, celebrity host and author (Hints from Heloise). Together we discussed all the ways we care for our young children and learned some amazing new tips from each other. While I have three children of my own, and plenty of tricks and tips in my parenting arsenal, I’m always looking for creative ways to handle issues that pop up. Creative is exactly what I got!
(photo credit – Pink Sherbert Photography)
5 Best Baby Care Hints
1. Dealing with Kids’ Boo-Boos:
From Heloise: Use a red washcloth, which shows no blood, and tiny frozen fast-food condiment packages as ice packs, remove bandage, without an ouch, by covering first with baby or mineral oil.
From Brandie: Fill cloth bags with flax and lavender. You can put them in the freezer. They feel good on bruises and small injuries and have a nice scent that can be calming.
2. Ways to Organize Tot’s Things:
From Heloise: Put complete outfits, underpants and all, in a large zipper bag. On the weekend, put together a week’s worth to save stress and time on hectic mornings.
From “Clumberkim”: When you get a new toy, give away, sell or donate an old one to avoid an excess buildup of unused or forgotten toys.
3. Keeping Track of Bath Toys:
From Heloise: Corral them with a plastic colander or mesh vegetable bag, which go right into the tub and allows for easy drying.
From “This Mama Loves”: To clean bath toys, put them in a lingerie bag, zip it and put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Avoid squirty bath toys or toys with holes, which are harder to clean and sanitize.
4. Maintaining the Peace During Naptime:
From members of The Motherhood: When the baby is sleeping, put a note on your front door that says, “Do Not Disturb, the baby is napping” to prevent people from ringing the doorbell and waking him or her.
From Heloise: Heloise’s mother, the original Heloise, published this hint in her newspaper column that she started in 1959 (a true reflection of the importance and power of women sharing their best ideas).
5. When Heloise invited the community to share their best advice for new moms, the community overwhelmingly said, trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to come up with your own rules.
Heloise provided a final thought to TheMotherhood.com community at the end of the talk: “My mother, the original Heloise, started a mom’s community back in 1959 with her newspaper column. She told her housewives, ‘I love you, and you’re not alone’.” And that is exactly what Heloise wanted to leave with moms.
See a full summary of the conversation on TheMotherhood: http://www.themotherhood.com/talk/show/id/62162
Disclosure – Compensation for my time and the products featured were provided free of cost to me by Dr. Smiths and The Motherhood. Opinions expressed are my own.