Six Off-the-Wall Tips for New (or New-Again) Moms

Greetings! I write to you from the blissful trenches of life with a baby and a toddler. Things are different this time around, and the adjustment has been a bit slower in coming than the first time. There are so many wonderful books and resources out there on how to prepare, adjust, and navigate life with littles (including Erin’s, of course!). Today, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to share with you. Things that are probably too silly to land in the pages of such respected books, but that – quirky though they are—may prove useful one day as you’re juggling your kiddos in blessed chaos. And please, chime in with your own off-the-wall aids that you’ve discovered on your journey! Out and About (1)   Keep a few things in the car to help with smooth outings and the unexpected: A container of wipes that lives there. Useful for the obvious and so much more. A snap-and-go or umbrella stroller, if you have room in your trunk. Just let it live there, so that when your arms are falling off you can fly to your trunk and pull out the gloriously-wheeled contraption. A spare baby carrier (such as an ergo, mobywrap, etc.) I use one at home often, and have borrowed another to keep in the car. Too many times I’d forgotten mine at home when I needed it most for errands. Borrowing a spare from someone who’s not using theirs has been a lifeline. A spare outfit for your baby, and maybe a spare shirt for you if your little one is prone to spitting up....
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