Stay at home moms have one of the hardest jobs ever!
Not only are they expected to care for their kiddos, but they have lots of chores and tasks to complete around the house. A baby or toddler (or both!) can make it pretty difficult to get laundry, cooking, and cleaning accomplished.
There are ways to keep your little one engaged and entertained, without you constantly being around them to serve as the main form of entertainment!
Here are four tips for keeping your baby busy, when you’re busy!
Invest in a Hexagon Gate
Hexagon gates are awesome. When your baby starts to craw and even toddle around, it’s pretty hard to keep them stationary.
It locks into the six sided figure and is a great place for your baby to play if you need to hop in the shower, run downstairs to swap out the laundry, or even use the bathroom! I used to put blankets down and fill it with some of my son’s favorite toys.
He was occupied for a while! The gate even opens up and can serve as a divider, keeping them out of the kitchen if you’re cooking on a hot stove or draining pasta so that they stay safe and far away from the heat.
Utilize a Baby Carrier
I was a bit hesitant at first, but a baby carrier was a total game changer when it came to getting things done around the house with an infant.
My son just loved to be coddled and cuddled. So, putting him down to run the vacuum or empty the dishwasher was pretty horrifying to him the first months of his life.
That’s when I got smart and strapped on a carrier. I could still go hands free, and my son was content with the fact that he was snuggled up to me!
Buy a Bouncer
Stationary bouncers are awesome! They basically serve as an activity center that totally engages your baby, yet keeps them in one place.
My son loved to use the 360 degree seat feature, and turn from one side of the bouncer to another. He could play music, grasp objects, and bounce the day away!
I never felt guilty about letting him spend time in there, because it was a stimulating, developmentally fascinating enclosed center.
I always kept him in my sight, and got the laundry folded and put away in a much timelier manner.
Set up a Jumper
A jumper is great to set up in the main room in your home, especially in the entryway of your kitchen, where you’ll be completing the brunt of your work.
Jumpers can safely be installed and serve as a place for your child to remain in your sight, feel that they are still in the mix of things, but also get all their energy out and about by jumping wildly up and down.
Jumpers strengthen their legs and are pretty darn fun to be in! You’ll have your hands free and have peace of mind that your child is contained in a safe space within your sight.
I remember how scared I used to get to leave my newborn, even for a second. But, when it’s just you at home, you don’t have much of a choice when you have a household to run.
These four tips have really helped me take control of my daily duties, but also help my baby get what they need and remain fully entertained at the same time!