My little guy is getting closer and closer to the age of three with each passing day, and he seems to turning more into a little boy than a toddler. It breaks my heart and makes me so happy simutaneously.
Jack hasn’t been a “bad” toddler by any means. Sure, he’s had his tantrums, but overall, he’s been such a mild mannered little boy. I sure love him to pieces. He’s so funny, sweet, and a boy through and through. I can hardly believe that we are celebrating his third Christmas this year! It seems like just yesterday that we were putting him in his little “Baby’s First Christmas” shirt, stuffing his stocking with Happy Family Baby Puffs, and him being terrified of Santa. Now he’s asking to see Santa, loves hearing the Christmas story, and is feeding himself (very adamantly – he does not like help!)
Even though he’s been a great little toddler, he sure is active. For a mommy who has chronic health problems, it can be extremely exhausting! While I wouldn’t trade him or these days for anything, I have found that the more time-saving a product is, the better. I thought I’d share a few products that I think make life a little easier when you have a little one.
1) Erin Condren Planner
Last year I bought one of these planners, and I’m not sure how I went so long without it! They are a little pricey, but I’ve never been so organized in my life. Even though most of us have phones with calendars and beeping alerts, I have found that having a paper planner is still most effective for me. Why? Because I’m constantly getting tons of push notifications on my phone, so I don’t even notice when a calendar reminder shows up.
Erin Condren planners are super customizable, they come with a bunch of labels for different events, and there is a monthly view, as well as a weekly view, that you can write in. Even though I only have one child, and Jack obviously isn’t in sports or anything yet, I feel like I’m always needing to keep track of different events or due dates for things. I’ve found that if I don’t write it down, it might as well not happen (sad, but true.)
Any busy mom should have some kind of planner system, and I highly recommend Erin Condren.
2) Happy Family Baby Pouches
Jack didn’t really eat baby food for a long time. We tried feeding him solids when he was six months, and he didn’t show much interest. Even when he did start to eat “real” food, we really just fed him whatever we ate, cut up into tiny pieces.
Well, when he was a little over a year, we realized he wasn’t eating as many vegetables and fruits as we would have liked. One day when we were at the store, we saw that they had vegetable pouches, and ever since, we have bought these for Jack. He LOVES them, and they are so convenient. Unlike baby food in a container, you can easily use them on the go, and they aren’t messy at all.
Our favorite brand is Happy Family. They have such a wide variety of flavors. Because of some of Jack’s food intolerances, he can’t have all kinds of fruits and vegetables. However, with Happy Family, we’ve never had a problem finding ones that fit with his dietary guidelines. Plus, they are all organic, have added DHA and probiotics. and there are products for babies and toddlers. We especially love their Happy Puffs. These are great when you are on the go, and they are better for your kiddo than other brands.
3) BB Cream
Please tell me I’m not the only one who doesn’t put on makeup (or very much) every day. I’ve really never been that big of a makeup person, but now I have even less desire to wear it on a regular basis. However, whenever I go out, I like to at least look somewhat put together. That doesn’t mean I put on lots of makeup, but I do put on BB cream.
BB cream is something I learned about last year, and I’ve loved it ever since! It’s a beauty product that is very popular in Asian markets (though it was developed initially in Germany), but it has recently become more popular outside that market. It stands for beauty balms or blemish balm. It is a cream foundation that works amazingly! I put on a little bit, and it instantly smoothes out my complexion and blemishes. When you hardly have time to think, but you don’t want to look like you just woke up, BB cream is the perfect solution.
4) Swoop toy bags
Several months ago, I shared a tutorial on how to make a DIY Swoop bag. These are basically bags that can double as a play mat, but it also makes toy cleanup even faster. It’s really easy to make, it’s a great way to store all those little toys toddlers seem to accumulate. When you put all the toys on the mat, and then your child is done with playtime, you can easily clean everything up really quickly. Perfect for moms who want to make clean up even faster!
Be sure to check out my tutorial to make one here.
5) Baby Carrier
This is more geared toward moms with kids under two, though I used a baby carrier with Jack until after he was two. Moms only have two hands, which can make it really hard to get things done. I LOVED using my homemade moby wrap when Jack was younger. I could easily cook, type, do laundry and dishes, and he was perfectly content the whole time.
Although I only have Jack, when we have another baby someday, I know I will rely on my baby carriers even more. I want to be able to give Jack enough attenetion and play with him but still keep a new baby close by!
6) Infinity Pro Curl Secret
My sister-in-law, Charbel, wrote about this recently. It is seriously the coolest product ever! You can have beautiful curls almost instantly. I LOVE curling my hair, but it takes me forever, because I have long, thick hair. This product looks like something that would help me curl my hair a lot quicker! This would probably limit the number of days my hair is in a pony tail!
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.