I am the mom of three extremely busy kids and a hyperactive husband 🙂 And our lives are full! There are days when the adrenaline pumping through my veins makes me feel nauseous and I would not have coped if it weren’t for my two secret weapons – my partner in the home, Nancy – our wonderful nanny who helps me keep sane and my other secret weapon – short cuts.

  • Premade, frozen ice cubes of baby food – make a pot of a veggie and puree it, freeze in ice tray and when frozen keep in a zip lock with the date on the outside. Each week make a new flavour or two for variety over the next few weeks
  • Keep medicines categorised for easy access: I use four first aid boxes – Pain / Tummy / Nose / Trauma
  • My memory fails me when too much is going down so I Swap my wedding ring to remind me to do something
  • Baby wearing – nothing beats strapping your baby or toddler to your body so you can go for a walk, garden or even clean up
  • My youngest has my curly hair and we have many a morning of tears when I try to tie her hair up – conditioner spray in dry hair to get out knots or even better – plaiting unruly curly hair the night before, then redoing the plait the next day
  • For all those pesky battery operated toys! A battery box with mini screw driver in the kitchen drawer
  • A nappy bag permanently packed for emergencies – 2 nappies, wipes, clean dummy,
  • Pack a travel box – toys that only come out on a long trip – this is the best way to keep these toys novel and entice your little one’s attention
  • My little blondies occasionally end up with green hair after swimming in a pool with too many chemicals (it happens L) – Wash green hair with tomato sauce
  • Getting rid of a bottle habit in toddlers – make the hole bigger each week with a hot needle through the end of the teat – just watch that the teat doesn’t disintegrate and fall apart
  • Games for getting through dinner with a distractible toddler – posting spaghetti through the holes in the lid of a herb jar
  • Attach toys to the handle above the door in the car so they don’t get thrown on the floor while you drive