Update Your Mommy Checklist

Hey Mums! How are you all doing? In the middle of all the work, parenting and your regular chores..take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Just know that what you are doing for your kids, no one else can and that makes you the best Mom in the world!

This post is for new moms and moms who have been moms for quiet a while now 🙂


If you get lost somewhere in the middle of your daily routine and feel like whenever you step out with family, you either forget the wipes or extra clothes at home for the little one or maybe you forgot to carry extra water..I know this can be overwhelming and its perfectly okay to forget at times (though it seems like the end of the world most of the times).

A well-stocked diaper bag can save the day. But what do you really need in there? It depends on how old your child is, how long you’ll be out, where you’re going, and how prepared you want to be or like to be.

Let’s look at the basics. You can print this out and put it somewhere on the fridge or on your baby’s cupboard so that you don’t forget anything.

The essentials
Diapers
One for each hour you’ll be out, plus a few extra – just in case.

Wipes
You can stick ten or so in a plastic bag if you’re not going out for long. Wipes are perfect not just for diaper changes, but also for sticky hands and dirty surfaces.

Hand sanitizer
For cleaning your hands after diaper changes when there’s no time or place to wash them.

Changing pad
Many diaper bags come with a reusable changing pad, or you can buy one separately. Some parents like the disposable ones for traveling. A hand towel from home will also do.
Plastic or biodegradable bags
For storing soiled diapers, clothes, and baby blankets. Just make sure your child can’t get to them, since plastic bags (including the biodegradable versions) pose a suffocation risk.

Snacks for old babies and toddlers.
Very useful when you can’t stop in the middle of nowhere to feed your little one. Could also prove beneficial to soothe a tantrum or unnecessary crying while you are driving.

Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for toddlers)

Extra clothes for your child
You never know when spit-up, drool, spills, or poop explosions will necessitate a change of clothing.

Blanket
You can use it to cover your baby or as a changing pad, nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth. Always comes in handy.

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Moving on from Bag Essentials to Mommy and Me Essentials.

Most of the time we forget the little things that are actually the most important things on a parents checklist. I say this for Moms and Dads, both. These are more for older kids. I have three of my own, two girls (7 and 2.5) and one boy (1 year old).

  • Your kids need tons of hugs and kisses.
  • Say I love you to your kids at least 3 times a day.
  • Ask them how their day was?
  • Use polite words and set an example for your child to follow.
  • Let your child choose what he wants to eat when you dine out.
  • Ask about your child’s friends.
  • Tell them you are proud of them.
  • Encourage them to help with chores around the house starting with cleaning up their own toys and colours.
  • Do one activity together each day, be it coloring, painting, cycling, skating, reading or anything at all.

Your kids are watching you two more than they watch anyone else. Make sure you leave a good example for them to follow. Say I love you to your partner in front of your children, they need to see and feel that. Hug each other. Smile at each other. Respect each other. Make time for each other.

If you need someone to talk to, I’m here.

Much love!

 

Back to school checklist!

Summer comes to an end! For parents its the beginning of their child’s academic year. As exciting as it is, it can be stressful. Of course we don’t want everything to be done at the very last minute so we made a checklist to help us accomplish it all before the first day!

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  • Make sure your child is properly registered for school, particularly if he or she is going to a new school.

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  • Ensure that your child is finishing (and finishing well) any summer homework that has been assigned.

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  • Schedule  doctor and dental appointments before the school starts. Many kids need certain immunizations before school starts. For little ones it could be problems like cavities, new tooth etc. that needs attention as you most certainly don’t want them missing out on anything because of a toothache.
  • Get any school supply checklists from your child’s school. (Many schools post them on their school websites.)
  • Confirm any before and after school care that your child needs during the school year so that you don’t have any surprises on the first day of school.

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  • Plan some play dates for your child before school starts. Often kids get disconnected from their school friends during the summer because they don’t see them every day. Help them reconnect by inviting old school friends over to play.
  • Schedule a haircut for your child if you haven’t already done so. Trust me your little ones will definitely feel more excited about going to school if they know their hair looks new too
  • Visit your child’s school; find your child’s classroom. Look for the cafeteria, the bathroom, the gym, the outdoor playground, and the front office. Anxiety goes down when kids get the chance to walk around a school before it starts.
  • Help kids clean up their rooms. Many become disasters over the summer. Now is the time to get them organized so that your child can easily find his or her clean clothes. My 5 year old actively helps me clean up her room, we change the layout of the room sometimes to keep things interesting.
  • Store school supplies in an easy-to-locate place.

 

  • Start changing your child’s sleep and eating schedules to match the school’s schedule. Most kids have gotten into a summer schedule where they sleep in late and eat breakfast and lunch at odd hours.
  • Fill out all school paperwork. Parents often get flooded with forms from the school, either before school starts or right after it does.
  • Create a route for getting to school. Even if your child rides a bus, get a copy of the bus schedule and follow it with your car. That way your child can see where the bus goes and where it stops. (Some kids get very anxious about their bus routes, particularly if they have to change buses or the bus stops at multiple schools.)
  • Take your child grocery shopping. Together, find healthy foods for snacks and school lunches.

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  • Create a homework space. Find a place for your kids to do homework. If it’s a designated space for homework (such as a desk in their room), help them set it up with supplies. If it’s a shared space, create a folder, backpack, or box where they can keep track of their homework supplies.
  • Set up a homework time now. Get kids in the habit of reading books during the homework time so that when school starts, they’re ready to start doing homework again.
  • Get excited about school starting. When kids see that you value education, they’ll be more apt to value it as well.

Post your checklist on the fridge. That way its always infront of you and you won’t miss anything important. Make good use of sales (if any) and get everything ready!

Our little ones won’t be so little after a few years so let’s cherish the time when we can still get excited about their new class and first days! and yesss!!! Take lots of photos!!

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Much love!

W & S!