Parenting

Sweep chaos under the carpet

You’re tired, you’re messy, and you’re not quite sure what day of the week it is. You’re living with a small human, who you’re relatively sure you birthed and raised to be a gentle, sweet little soul. But here we are – the toddler stage. As much as you adore the bones of the whirlwind that has taken the shape of your little darling, he’s testing you. However, planning can make life a little easier (and cleaner!) when you hit this developmental chaos.

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Food

If you’re lucky enough to have a child that sleeps at night, take half an hour out of your evening to get organised for tomorrow. What is the little rugrat going to eat? A good guess would be mainly snacks. Save yourself some time and chop up some carrot sticks or peppers and pop them in a Tupperware container in the fridge. They will last a good few days too. If you’re feeling super productive, slow cookers are fantastic! There are some great slow cooker recipes about that are extra quick, child-friendly and straightforward. And once it’s in there, you can forget about it until tomorrow, when it can be plated up swift enough even for your impatient toddler.

Shopping

Plan your shopping trip before you leave. This can be the difference between a productive and a detrimental outing with your little love. Writing a list (and sticking to it) is both a great way to save money and ensure that you don’t get home to realise you’re out of baby wipes, again. Because you can guarantee that you’re going to be distracted at some stage of your trip! Most likely due to toy grabbing, toilet stops, and the odd unavoidable tantrum thrown in for good measure. A handy tip to help your child remain cool, calm and collected while shopping is to take snacks! Filling a sandwich bag with their favourite snacks should give you a few minutes extra of human-like behaviour. Involving your child will also help to keep everyone happy – he is occupied, and you have your own personal shopper – albeit a slightly small and manic one.

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Cleaning

Every parent to a toddler has felt that familiar dread when gazing into their living room and seeing what can only be described as carnage. There are crumbs of some description and toys everywhere, and, you guessed it, there’s playdough trodden into the carpet. A great way to stay on top of the cleaning is by having a cleaning schedule, only taking a few minutes out of your evening to do those odd cleaning jobs that you keep meaning to get round to. This way you’re not spending an entire day trying to juggle a full house clean and keeping your little one happy. Sites such as Carpet One Carpets have some great tips for maintaining your beautiful carpet too. Storage furniture is fabulous for acting as a toy bin, while still looking pretty.

Life with a toddler is not easy by anyone’s standards, but by planning, you save time and energy so that you can be ready for what tomorrow with your little angel brings!

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