Doing household chores
Once you have a new baby, at first, your duties as a house keeper become less of a priority. Nevertheless, at some point you will feel the need to keep your house tidy for the sake of your own sanity and for the sake of your family. The first few weeks will pass by and you will find that you struggle to keep up with it. The baby is demanding and you know you should be using every short break to rest and recover your energy level rather than drain yourself further by dusting, vacuuming and mopping.
As soon as I learned to wear my baby, I invented a new rule – do as many things as possible while your baby is up and rest together with your baby. I learned I can do almost any household chore while wearing my baby – mop and hoover, mow grass, cook, walk my dog and take care of my toddler and the elder two children. When my babies grew older I started carrying them on my back. It gave me unobstructed view and free hands.
Cooking with your baby
No matter how organized you are – cooking is one of those activities that requires planning and dedication. Having a baby means that your cooking plans, no matter how unsophisticated, can turn into a mess. You will be interrupted in the middle of frying the onion because it is time to feed your baby or to rock him to sleep. You will turn to your baby and will forget to open up the lid or your casserole or will not remember how many eggs you have used for your baking project. In the end, you may need to compromise either by simplifying your meals to an absolute extreme or by getting more expensive ready-made dishes.
Not so many mums know how easy this issue can be resolved by using the baby carrier. I would often put my baby in the sling or my toddler onto my back in onbuhimo during the evening hours when it gets really intense. It is time to quickly set up the table and prepare a family dinner, then prepare lunch boxes for my elder ones while keeping my toddler and my baby happy. All that works – things get done while your baby is happily sleeping or watching over your shoulder.