They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and as a mom, I have to totally agree. From talking with other moms, I’ve come to the conclusion that when any of us are facing a difficult or unpredictable situation, the mind goes into overdrive and inventive and ingenious solutions are born. Heck, some moms have even made profitable businesses out of their ideas/solutions. Just walk down the aisle of any baby store or search the internet and you’re sure to find a creative solution for whatever your situation or need.
I think I’ve always been a pretty good problem solver. I can size up a situation quickly and determine what my best option would be. That skill became more pronounced when the kidlets arrived. The crazier or more serious the situation, the more “zen” I get and solve the problem.
Take the time I took my son out shopping when he was a newborn. I hadn’t been out in days and was craving the opportunity to go do something, anything – even grocery shopping. The moment we got into the supermarket he had an explosive poo. I’ll spare you the gruesome details but suffice to say, It was all over him. Instead of packing up and going home, I climbed into the back of our mini-van and cleaned him up with bunch of Wet Wipes. I took off my zippered hoodie and used the t-shirt I was wearing under it to dry him off. I put my boy in a new diaper and snuggled a blanket around him for cover. I put my hoodie back on and zipped it up and we were on our way. FYI –though I did bring the shirt home and washed it, I never did wear it again. Ewww!
So here are a few other things I’ve “discovered” as a mom:
- When cleaning out the bathtub after a bubble bath, use cold water to rinse the tub. I don’t know or understand the science behind it, but apparently warm water activates the bubbles while the cold water tamps them down and makes it easier to get rid of all those leftover bubbles. (ok, so The Hubs showed me this one!)
- If your child’s cups have stains in them, use a granulated sugar packet with a squirt of your regular dish soap to clean them. The granulated sugar acts like an abrasive with your sponge and can get rid of the worst stains (I’ve even used it to clean out old tea bag stains in my own cups at work) and not worry about the residue that bleach cleansers or detergents can leave.
- Avoid clothes chaos with your kids by planning out a week’s worth of outfits. Use a hanging canvas closet storage organizer and place one complete outfit from tops to bottoms, from underwear to socks and from shoes to hair accessories in each cubby space. You’ll have less stress in the morning having outfits pre-selected and your kids will feel like a big boy or girl, getting dressed all by themselves. This also works especially well if mom has to go out of town and doesn’t trust dad to pick out the “right” clothes.
- You can easily remove sunscreen stains that kidlets are slathered with from leather sofa or seats by blotting with a clean towel, damp from hot water and a few drops of dish-washing liquid until the mark is gone. Follow up with a towel dampened with clean water to remove any traces of the dish-washing liquid. The key is not to use too much water on your towel – it has to be damp, not wet. You want to remove the sunscreen residue, but not create a water stain in its place!
- Are your board game boxes falling apart or are you constantly losing pieces to your board games? Place your game boards in a glass-less picture frame, place all the cards/dice/game pieces in a baggie you hot glue to the back and hang them on your wall. You take them down when you want to play. This is a not only a neat (and I mean tidy) way to store them, it also makes a great piece of art in a playroom/kid’s bedroom.
Now it’s your turn to share. What are some of your mom discoveries or solutions?
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