Hi, I’m Jessica from Stay at Home-ista! I am so happy I can join all of you over here at Candice’s. I usually post about home decor, parenting, cooking, and a little bit of organization, but since I’m in the mommy world, I’m going to offer you my top tips for parenting.
I am in no way an expert, although my three kids (4.5, 2.5 and 4 months) do give me quite a bit of life experience to draw from:)
This is so easy, but so important if you have a thrower-upper, or a wetting the bed problem. Layer the bed with a waterproof mattress pad, sheet, another waterproof pad, and sheet. Sometimes I even create 3 layers. Then when your child has an accident or gets sick (why does this always happen in the middle of the night?) you can just whip off the top sheet and pad, and have a totally dry sheet ready to go!
2. Pre-made gifts.
When I spy something that would make a great gift (preferably it’s on sale), I buy a lot of them and pre-wrap them for birthday gifts throughout the year. Some of my favorites include art supplies (like you can see above), puzzles, tents and tunnels, and books. When birthdays come, I just go into the closet and grab one. I also have a bag of hostess-type gifts for the rare adult party.
This wasn’t so important when we had a one story house, or when we only had one baby, but now it’s essential! I put a changing pad on the counter and diapers in the drawers of my powder room downstairs so I don’t have to go upstairs every time the bay needs a change. That way even if me eyes aren’t on them, I can keep my ears on the bigger two kids:) I’ve also had friends do this with an actual changing table in the hall, a pack n play in the corner, or even just diapers in a pretty box and changing pad on the floor.
These are the most practical, hands-on tips I can think of. Of course there are the more nebulous parts of being a parent like how to hand car travel with kids, welcoming a new baby into the family, creating celebrations out of the everyday that I love to talk about too!
I’d love to (virtually) meet all of you and talk more mamma-and-baby talk, stop on over!