How a Baby Carrier Made Me Love Doing Laundry (Giveaway Opportunity)

 

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A few days ago, I found one of my favorite pictures from when our twins were newborns.

In the photo, there’s laundry spread all over the coffee table and piled on the sofa. The Boy — all of five weeks old at the time — is safely tucked inside a baby carrier, reaching out as if he’s trying to help fold the plethora of onesies, caps and blankets that overflowed from our laundry baskets back then.

tul-004_med5a(I’m not posting this now 15 year old photo because I have a longstanding blog policy of not posting pictures of the kids regardless of their ages. So, this stock photo — of someone who looks a lot more calm and in control than I was as the mom of two newborns — will have to suffice.)

Even though our twins are now teenagers, I still remember how much both kids loved being in the baby carrier. Needless to say, we loved it too because as much as we wanted to spend every moment holding and playing with our precious twins, things needed to be done around the house like … well, laundry.  And with two newborns, we had a LOT of laundry.

Baby slings and wraps are the perfect solution for parents and caregivers in situations when you need both hands free. For example, we also wore the baby carrier while preparing meals for us and bottles for the kids.

For us, it was a convenience thing — but as it turns out,  babywearing has been shown to have positive benefits, especially for babies who are premature, as ours were. I remember the snug feeling being comforting to my two and I think it helped all of us bond at a critical time.

When we registered for our baby carriers (we actually had two) I wasn’t sure if we really needed them. But like many things about becoming parents, I was mistaken.  They turned out to be life-changing … something that actually made doing laundry fun!

Tell me in the comments about your favorite product, tip or strategy that helps make your life a little easier. (For those who don’t have children, this doesn’t have to be parenting-related … it can be anything at all.) All commenters will be eligible to win a $50 gift card to purchase something for yourself or someone else. I’ll draw a winner at random on December 23. (A perfect last minute gift!) 

This sponsored post and giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate.

Entries on this giveaway are now closed. Congratulations to Kate, who was selected at random (via Randomizer.com) as our winner and thanks to all who entered! 

39 thoughts on “How a Baby Carrier Made Me Love Doing Laundry (Giveaway Opportunity)

  1. Cordelia Fitzgerald

    A roomba has made life so much easier for me. That little guy was a gift, but it turns out it was a never ending gift! Not having to worry about vacuuming is a huge relief!!!

    1. Melissa Post author

      I’ve had my eye on one of those. I was skeptical at first, but they seem to really work. Maybe Santa will bring me one ….

  2. Megan

    Sevenslings.com has the best slings. I love that they’re sized and customized instead of adjustable. I hade one child that would not let me put her down. She didn’t only need to be held. She needed to be held by ME! This sling saved my sanity…and my laundry 😉

  3. Kristy

    I loved my baby bjorn to walk around and shopping. However, my saving grace was that jumper that hung down from the door frame. Both my kiddos loved it!! Keep them happy & entertained😀

  4. Karen Zehr

    Your post reminded me of my life 15 years ago when I new born twins and a 4 year old. I could not have survived without a sling- I actually figured out to wear two of them at once! It was the only way to get anything done! Good reminders that these strange teenage boys were once sweet little babies!

    1. Melissa Post author

      It really does go so quickly, doesn’t it? My twins are 15 too, and it is hard to believe they were once so small. Part of me misses those days.

  5. Brooke Coleman

    Oh my goodness… LOVED carrying my babies! I swear Sienna’s entire 4th Tri-mester was in a sling (now 8y/o)! They truly saved my mommy sanity and helped support that mother – child bond and baby’s sense of security! 💜💜💜

  6. Marnie Burak

    We loved the baby bjorn. I was able to cook and clean with it. Also 2 of our boys loved the swing. My all time favorite was a breast feeding pillow. Gave me free use of one of my hands

    1. Melissa Post author

      The swing was a lifesaver for us, too. My kids napped in theirs a lot. (I remember hearing that was frowned upon, but hey … whatever worked!)

  7. Holly Raffa

    We loved our bouncy seat. We could take it everywhere. The bathroom while you showered, kitchen table while you cooked, and to other people’s house. It also vibrated and had a peaceful waterfall with the lights and sounds. Very nice for soothing.

  8. Kate

    God. You would think that after having an entire gaggle of children I could think of some kind of tip, but really? Right now all I can think is that this new-to-me phrase “breastsleeping” is how I survive, as in: Bebe girl is tucked in right beside me and neither of us fully wakes when she needs to eat and somehow that means I get sleep. I wear her for errands (she’s almost outgrown the fabirc wrap), and – oh!!! Make the big kids do lots of chores like dishes, laundry, and vacuuming ! Because I am too old and tired to take care of a baby and do EVERYTHING for EVERYONE when they are perfectly capable of contributing. 😉

    1. Melissa Post author

      Yes, having big kids with an infant would be a definite plus! And breastsleeping sounds like a perfect solution too.

  9. Mandy

    Gallon size plastic bags! Seriously- puzzles, cards, markers, wipes, loose snacks in the drawer, everything!
    Loved your post Melissa!

  10. Kari

    Great blog! I remember someone told me… enjoy the moments… even the crazy ones because before you know it, they will be grown:( I tried to tell myself that on those hard days. It’s goes much too quickly

    1. Melissa Post author

      It really, really does. I never believed that (back in those days) but now that mine are teenagers, it is so true.

  11. Donna Paacali

    we loved our rock’n’play. Our daughter had colic and acid reflux as a newborn. She could nap with her head elevated and be comfortable. It was also portable so it went from room to room. I actually wish I had bought a baby carrier for her.

    1. Melissa Post author

      Colic and acid reflux is the worst … it feels like it will never end, and then suddenly it does! Napping with her head elevated is a good strategy. I’m glad the rock n’ play gave your beautiful girl some relief!

  12. Randi McCreesh

    Honest, Real, Down & Dirty mommy TRUTH is what helped me most during those beginner months. I vividly remember a certain SIL coming over and telling me it was NORMAL not to have time to shower or brush one’s teeth during those zombie filled days! It was such a weight lifted off my shoulders to hear all new moms were walking around with bad breath and greasy hair!!! Liberating!!

    1. Melissa Post author

      Was that me? 🙂 If so, that shows you how much of a blur those early days were … I don’t remember!

    1. Melissa Post author

      It’s great, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting and commenting, Allie! You’re entered into the drawing.

  13. mami2jcn

    The 4Moms rockaroo made my life so much easier with a new baby! My daughter would nap there and it really helped save my sanity.

    1. Melissa Post author

      I hear you! Those naps were the best. Thanks for commenting … I’ve entered you into the giveaway drawing!

  14. manda

    Doing laundry each day has helped me. We cloth diaper and if I don’t do at least one load, I get way behind.

    1. Melissa Post author

      That’s VERY impressive that you can do laundry everyday! It does add up fast, doesn’t it? Thanks for commenting, Manda … I’ve entered you into the drawing for the gift card.

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