Have you been blessed with a sibling group of babies and toddlers still in diapers and drinking bottles? Would you like some simple time saving tips to make life a little easier? Children change and develop so quickly at this age that within a year they will all be easier to care for, especially if you potty train a couple of them and eliminate bottles. In the meantime, enjoy them, and take many pictures. Use the bottle time to hold, snuggle, and bond with them, even though they are not newborns.
Instead of disinfecting the changing pad after each diaper change do this. Lay the baby down and remove the clothing necessary to facilitate a diaper change. Open the new diaper and place it under the baby’s bottom while the old diaper is still on. Now, remove the dirty diaper, wiping baby with the front of it. Hold baby’s legs up while you clean the bottom. Then set the baby on the new diaper and fasten it. Baby’s bottom never touched the changing pad. There is no need to disinfect it, but remember to wash your hands.
Carry bottles full of warm or hot water in the diaper bag, next to each other, to help keep them warm. Fill individual containers, or a container with separate compartments, with the correct, pre-measured amount of formula. When you need a bottle, pour the already measured formula in and shake. You have an instant warm bottle ready for baby.
At the grocery store, put the children in one shopping cart with your purse and the diaper bag. Pull a second cart for groceries. If you can afford it, hire a sitter while you shop, it can be your alone time. Convince a teenager or friend to go shopping with you to help push a cart.
Remember that most states have a WIC program (Women, Infants, and Children), that provides formula for infants 0 to 12 months, milk, eggs, cheese, and cereal for children one through four. Foster children are eligible because they are considered a family of one with no income. This can help offset the cost of diapers. If children are placed with you for adoption but you cannot finalize for six months, then they meet the same criteria during that period. These children may also be eligible for Medicaid prior to finalization. Children adopted from foster care who meet Title IVe requirements are eligible for Medicaid after adoption too, until they turn 18 years old.
Photo Credit: 2006 Lane Fuller.