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We recently analyzed a survey taken by a group of amazing moms , some were new moms who've recently had babies, others were moms who had gone back to work after maternity leave and others were moms who had their second or third babies.
To understand what moms struggle with the most. And, what did we discover? For a lot of moms. mornings were chaotic and stressful. And so was dinner time.
They struggled to tend to a newborn while taking care of the household chores. Others talked about the challenge of caring for a newborn while trying to get the other kids ready for school. Many moms talked about the stress of getting themselves and their children ready and out the door in the mornings.
So in this post, we'll share 30 Life Changing Organization Tips for Moms to make their days less stressful and more joyful.
GENIUS ORGANIZATION TIPS FOR NEW MOMS
ORGANIZATION tips for moms IF YOU HAVE A NEWBORN
SET UP A DIAPERING STATION
This is a no-brainer! You'll need a well organized diapering station with all the diapering essentials in one place so you can get through the many diaper changes throughout the day.
place for nursing
Whether you live in a tiny apartment or your baby has a nursery, having a separate chair and space for nursing will make things so much easier for you. You can feed the baby without everyone else running around you and disturbing both you and the baby. Read this post with some awesome breastfeeding tips for moms.
set up a portable pumping station
If you are pumping milk for the baby, you must get one of these amazing carts and store all of your pumping supplies. If you only have 30 minutes to pump, the last thing you have time for is running around gathering pumping supplies for the first 10 minutes or so. A pumping station is time saver!
A POSTPARTUM BASKET
You can't be 100% effective, if you don't recover fully from child birth. It is hard work after all. Gather all essential postpartum supplies before you head to the hospital to have the baby.
have a play yard and bouncer on the first floor
Running up and down with a newborn is going to be tiring. So place a bouncer and portable playard with changing table, where you hang out whether in the family room or dining room. This way, you can care for the newborn, do your chores and be less stressed.
KEEP A DIAPER CADDY DOWNSTAIRS
If you keep a diaper caddy downstairs, you'll be able to quickly change baby's diaper without having to run up and down. This is specially helpful if you have other kids at home that needs your supervision or even if the baby has a huge diaper blow out and want to change the baby immediately.
wASH AND SANITIZE BABY's things BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN.
When you get home from the hospital after having the baby the first few days can be very exhausting. You'll be functioning on so little sleep, caring for a newborn while trying to recover from child birth. So wash baby's clothes, blankets, sheets, fabric covers for all of the baby gear before your due date.
SET UP THE baby GEAR
You had your baby shower, why wait to set up the baby gear? You'll be using the bouncer or a swing sooner than you think. Once your husband or partner goes back to work, you'll need this gear so you can take a break, grab a bite to eat or use the bathroom.
don't forget the bassinet
We loving working on nursery designs and creating beautiful spaces for babies. However, once you bring your baby home from the hospital, the best and safest place for the baby to sleep is in your room, in a bassinet like this one and this bassinet. According to the American Association of Pediatricians you should keep the baby close to you at least for the first few months.
stock up on diapering essentials
Don't forget to stock up on diapers, wipes and of course diaper pail refills. Remember, newborns go through 10-12 diapers a day and that means you'll go through a lot of diapering essentials. Use your Amazon Prime membership to get these supplies delivered to the door without the hassle of going to purchase them at a store.
keep a nursing pillow on the couch
Keep a nursing pillow downstairs on the couch. It will be convenient for you, whether you are hanging out with family or keeping an eye on your other kids.
place a basket with burp cloths & blankets
Use a basket to store burp cloths and blankets downstairs should you need them in a hurry.
get a sound machine
Babies get startled quite easily. So get a sound machine to block out other noises and allow both yourself and the baby to get some uninterrupted sleep.
Place a hamper by the diapering station upstairs and near your playpen down stairs to gather baby's dirty clothes.
ORGANIZATION HACKS for kids clothes
USE CHILDREN'S CLOSET DIVIDERS
Organize either your baby's or your older kids clothes in the closet using closet dividers. We love using these free dividers to organize baby's clothes ( 5 different designs to choose from) by size. Or use these dividers to organize your children's clothes by day.
DOWNLOAD FREE KIDS NURSERY CLOSET IDEAS
PICK OUTFITS ON SUNDAY
The key to getting kids ready and out the door in the morning is to be organized. So on Sundays, spend some time organizing each of the kids clothes for the week.
USE a hanging closet organizer
If you use a hanging closet organizer that's already labeled with the days, you can not only organize the kids clothes for each day but also underwear and socks.
use over the door hanging organizers
Use this over the door hanging pouch to organize either your baby's clothes that need to be taken to the day care each day or even accessories.
HACKS TO ORGANIZE KIDS ACCESSORIES
use a headband and hair bow holder
We love how pretty and practical this hair headband and hair bow holder is to organize kids hair accessories.
get an over the door organizer for socks
A great way to organize kids socks is to use an over the door organizer to store your kids socks.
make diy HEAD BAND ORGANIZER
You could also get creative and DIY a beautiful head band organizer. Not only does it allow you to organize hair accessories but also display them.
install hanging baskets
Hang baskets in a horizontal row and store kids socks, hair bands, hats etc.
ORGANIZING HACKS FOR BACKPACKS & DIAPER BAGS
always have the diaper bag packed and ready to go
Whenever you return from an outing with the baby, make sure you replenish any of the items you've used in the diaper bag. You should always have a fully stocked diaper bag in case you need to run out with the baby in a hurry. Read this post on diaper bag organization.
If you have school aged children, make sure the back packs are packed at night before they go to bed as part of their nighttime routine.
make lunches ahead
Yet another important time saving strategy is to make kids lunches the night before. Making lunches in the morning while getting breakfast ready, changing dirty diapers and feeding the baby, is nearly impossible.
HOME ORGANIZATION HACKS FOR BUSY MOMS
cREATE A COMMAND CENTER
A command center is a designated space where you have calendars, mail boxes, to-do lists and schedules for the kids, all in one place. This hack will take most of the chaos out of your morning routine. No longer will you be running around just before the school bus shows up trying to fill out a form for school.
start MEAL PLANNING
Meal planning is an essential element of home organization. Once a week, make a menu, shop for groceries and do prep work.
make freezer meals
If you are a new mom, you really don't have time to spend in the kitchen every evening, We love making a whole bunch of freezer meals for use later.Read this post on making freezer meals before your due date.
home management binder/pregnancy planner
Get this free downloadable 2020 Home Binder and Pregnancy Planner to track your schedule, budget,your goals, etc. And if you are pregnant it also includes, everything you need to plan for baby's arrival.
Being organized is essential whether you are a new mom who just had her baby, a new mom with other kids or a working mom who needs to drop off the little ones at day care.
If you're able to anticipate challenges, plan ahead and streamline your routines, there's less fusing, forgetting things, and stressing as you move through your busy day.