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How do you get housework done with a baby in the house?
You've probably wondered about this question many times. It is hard to get housework done when you have a baby to take of and who demands your attention all day long. Today we are sharing our best mom hacks to get housework done with a baby in the house.
The first few weeks or even the first month at home with a newborn is hard work. The baby needs to be fed every couple of hours, burped and diapers changed regularly. And, you are going to be functioning on very little sleep.
And on top of that, the house needs to get vacuumed, dishes need to be cleaned and laundry needs to get done. So how do you manage it all with a baby? Read on to find out our best mom hacks to get housework done with a baby in the house.
MOM HACKS TO GET HOUSEWORK DONE WITH A BABY IN THE HOUSE
1. PLAN AHEAD FOR THE FIRST few WEEKS HOME with baby
It is important that you prepare and have a plan for the postpartum period so you are able to focus on the baby, catch up on sleep when baby naps and help your body recover from giving birth.
During your third trimester, prepare as many freezer meals as you can and stock up the freezer. Stockpile on the household essentials you need. Also, spend time de-cluttering and organizing each room in the house, so you are well prepared to care for a baby.
2. FOCUS ON THE ESSENTIALS DURING THE FIRST few OF WEEKS
Obviously, your primary focus during the first few weeks is your baby and your postpartum recovery as well. Let the house take a backseat. You don't really need the house to be spotless right now. Just do the absolute essentials such as a load of laundry every day and loading the dishwasher.
3. PLACE THE BABY IN A BABY CARRIER OR SLING
Use a baby carrier or sling when you need to do light housework but still want to keep the baby close to you. Just don't do housework that involves chemicals, use safe practices and common sense.
4.PUT THE BABY IN A BABY SWING
We love a good baby swing! A baby swing possess the sanity-saving ability to soothe a fussy baby and allows mom or dad to get some housework done around the house.
5.KEEP THE BABY IN THE Pack'n'play OR TRAVEL COT
6. DO HOUSEWORK WHILE BABY NAPS
Baby's nap time is the best time to catch up on your household chores. Read this post on how to keep the house clean and tidy with little kids and find out how you can optimize your time well.
6.Use a baby monitor
You'll need a baby monitor so you don't have to keep walking to the bassinet or crib to peek on your napping baby, while getting your housework done. A good baby monitor lets you keep a safe watch on your baby and do your housework at the same time.
7.GET BABY USED TO WHITE NOISE
A white noise machine is yet another lifesaver!
Get your baby used to sound from the beginning. Sound becomes a positive sleep association and your baby will have an easier time sleeping when you are vacuuming the house or running around the house getting chores done and making noise.
8.use YOUR time wisely
Time management is key as you juggle all the responsibilities-caring for a baby, yourself, family and the house. If you are able to manage your time wisely you won't get overwhelmed by everything you have to do.
Break down the household chores you need to do into manageable tasks, stick to a simple easy to do schedule and take advantage of baby's nap time.
9.ASK HUBBY TO PITCH IN
Get the dad involved with helping you take care of the baby and do household chores from day one. Remember, the dad can do anything for your baby that you do (except for breast-feeding) of course.
So have dad watch the baby while you get chores done around the house or vice versa.
10.CREATE A CLEANING SCHEDULE
When it comes to getting housework done with a baby, having a cleaning schedule will be super helpful. Creating a house cleaning schedule will help ensure that you keep every part of your home clean, even the parts that you'd typically pay less attention to.
We like to create a daily 25 minute cleaning scheduling with simple, doable tasks. Read this post to look at a sample cleaning schedule.
11.CLEAN AS YOU GO
Have you ever heard of the phrase “It’s easier to keep up than catch up”? We are firm believers in it!
The basic idea is that, instead of waiting for the house to get really dirty and then having to spend a lot of time cleaning it, you just clean a little bit at a time.
Make it a daily habit to put things away where they belong to save yourself time and stress later. Wash dishes immediately after use, clean up the counter top if you spill something, put the dirty clothes in hamper, sweep up the kitchen floor if there are any crumbs, etc.
12.NIGHTLY 15 MINUTE CLEAN UP
A nightly 15 minute cleanup will make for a better tomorrow!
That's right. Regardless of what your day-to-day schedule is, if you can fit in a nightly 15 minute cleaning routine into it, you will be able to wake up to a cleaner and fresher home in the morning.
Quickly walk through picking up things in the living room, wipe the kitchen counters, start the dishwasher and take out the trash.