Mom hacks are life savers. I try to make the most of the time I have with the boys, and sometimes, that time involves prepping, packing or just being creative so we can have a nice day together with minimum chaos. Mothers know that juggling the needs of multiple children is no easy task, but as a mother of twins, I can tell you that it is very hard to stay on point and sometimes, focused, due to the needs of my boys.
As a twin mom, I’ve discovered some shortcuts and hacks that have helped make doing things easier for myself. Some of these things make being a mom easy for me, some are just fun and inventive, and some save me some cash – and if I can give the boys something to play with that’s different than their standard toys, then more power!
For picky eaters
Now 2 years old, Landon and Nathan are at the stage where sometimes, they love the food I put in front of them. And other nights, they give their bowls (and me) dirty looks. If they wouldn’t eat, I would make something else. And some nights, this resulted in me making 4 different meals, and wasting a lot of food.
- If your child or children are picky eaters, try making smaller portions of food to try first before going all in. I like the frozen mini meatballs from Trader Joe’s, chicken fried rice, mini muffins or Smiley Fries since I can control how much I make/bake at once. If the boys don’t like the 2 meatballs I make, I move on – and eat the leftovers myself. If they like it, I have more on hand to make.
When we dine out with the boys, it can sort of look like a circus at the table. They want to touch everything, play with things they shouldn’t and sometimes become cranky.
- If the restaurant has a pay/play kiosk, as for 2. The games on the kiosk often keep the boys tame until food arrives. Some restaurants charge $1.99 to use them, or it’s free. In my opinion, it’s worth the money.
- Also, we pack our lunch bag with Neat Solutions Sili-Stick Table Topper Reusable Silicone Placemats. They cling to any tabletop surface, and are great for giving the boys a clean surface to eat and play on.
No more stroller boredom – or tantrums
- Beat stroller boredom by packing small snacks to hand to your children should they become fussy. I like small food containers that hold things like puffs. I leave it in my stroller pouch, and grab snacks as needed.
- Pacifier clips aren’t just for pacifiers! Velcro paci clips can be used to attach your child’s favorite toy to the stroller, and ensure they don’t get lost.
Toys and more
- Use large Ziploc bags to store puzzles in. Most wooden 8 1/2″ W x 8 1/2″ L puzzles fit in them. This eliminates losing pieces. It’s also is a fun way to show your little one the concept of learning how to clean up their toys, and put things away.
- Once your child no longer needs them, swaddling blankets can be used as small beach blankets.
- Use an egg carton as a holder for finger paints or Play Doh.
- A strawberry basket is perfect for holding Legos and other small toys.
- Toilet paper and tissue rolls make great ramps for Hot Wheels and small cars. Tape them together, and decorative the outside with markers and stickers.
- A leftover baby wipe box (the plastic kind with the slit in the top) can be used as a sensory toy. Fill it with pom-poms or pipe cleaners, and have your child reach inside the box and pull out items. Then, put the items back by pushing them inside. You can also have your little one decorative the box with stickers, or cover it in wrapping paper to make it a little more exciting! This activity also teaches cause and effect.