Baby Organization: Tips and Tricks for Better BeginningsWednesday, April 06, 2016
When we were expecting our first baby, my sweet little Jonah, we designated a kitchen cabinet to all things baby stuff! It worked well to have it all in one place, but we still wound up with things all over the kitchen. We had plates piled up and that were always falling over and so many cups and bottles that they just spilled out of the cabinet or made their home on the counter-top drying rack. I'm not saying that's completely changed and there aren't sippy cups found under beds and behind tents (*cough* Ezra we know that one was you) but they do have a home. Admittedly, I am not the most organized person in the world, but I have learned that when things have a specific home, they tend to get put back there more often. So, here's how we're using that system in our kitchen and hopefully it will inspire a new mom out there for a better beginning with baby!
- Decide what you want where.
- Make a home for everything.
- Make some labels! This is a huge help, not only for you but for other's caring for your children and when children can recognize their names, they will know where to find what they are looking for. I recently updated the labels to suit our current needs. I use Canva.com to create the design, print and laminate. My old labels were "laminated" with packing tape and it still worked great.
- Keep only what you are currently using! Check all medications and snacks for expiration dates. If a cup or bottle has lost it's parts or it's ability to ACTUALLY be spill proof, toss it! We are bad about just keeping the ones they love or saying we'll order the part, etc. Just buy something new and better quality!
- Narrow it down! This is kind of a continuation of number 4, but if you don't love something toss it! We have gone through pretty much every bottle brand, but over the last year with Ezra, I found myself reaching for these Playtex bottles more than any other, so see ya later other bottles.
- We like the Anti-Colic Bottom Vent which makes for fewer air bubbles and a happier tummy! Ezra spit up SO MUCH. The tiny anti-colic bottom vents keep air at the back of the bottle, so pretty much no air mixes with the milk and gets into their tummies.
- The angled design promotes the semi-upright feeding position, recommended by pediatricians for bottle feeders to help prevent ear infections. We like it for self-feeding too as you can see below!
- The Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple mimics the breast to help baby latch on naturally and allows for easier switching between breast and bottle-feeding! That always makes it easier on mom and makes for better beginnings for baby!
Some other baby products we love can be found by searching "baby" or "baby products" on the blog, but before you go, I also want to share the Diaper Genie Complete which you can see a sneak of in Monday's post for nursery organization.
Diaper Genie Complete is the best one yet! It is a 7 layer refill bag with a double Air-Tite CLAMP, built in carbon filter to help absorb and lock-in those sticky diaper smells! All I know is all those things make it not STINK UP the bedroom! Whew! The best part is the pedal and the height. No touching or even bending to throw the diaper in the pail!
You can find everything you need for organization at Target. I have too much fun at Target when shopping for baby things and it's so hard not to visit the baby aisles every time I'm there! There's always something new I want to look at! The Dollar Spot is also great for organization. There is always some kind of bin, label, or system that is cute and useful!
What are your tips for baby organization?
Please share with me your favorite Target finds? Do you use any of these great Playtex Products?