As of mother of three, I get asked a lot of questions about the products and must-haves I have used for my children. I also get questions regarding how I manage being a mother of three while running a full-time business along with a household and taking care of a needy husband. Just kidding on the needy part. Kind of.
With each child that has grown our family, I have learned something new. Whether it be time management, a new tool to help us function more efficiently or a lesson that changed my mindset, each day and year is a learning process.
Here are my top five things I believe every mom needs:
1) A Great Baby Carrier- My best accessory that I have for my baby is my carrier. When my babies are little, I use a Maya Wrap to keep them close and snug to me. As they get bigger, I transition to my Ergo Baby carrier. It's light, easy to wash and very comfortable. My babies have all loved it. They feel safe and secure in it and almost always take a nap when I am "wearing them". My advice: Invest the money into a good one, use it regularly and keep it in your car so it is always accessible. As a busy mom, you will need your hands-free and ready for whatever life throws your way!
2) An Awesome Stroller, or Two or Three- My husband also jokes with me that our garage is full of strollers. I try to make him understand that I have a stroller for every occasion. One for jogging, a double for jogging, one for shopping trips (narrow enough to fit into doorways), one for zoo trips (wide and easy to push), and an umbrella stroller (for easy fold-up and hauling). You get the idea. I am a stroller hoarder. When you are a mom on-the-go, you will need something to push those babies around in for whatever the occasion calls for. Whether you have one for all your many occasions or several like me, never go without your stroller handy.
3) A Nice Breast Pump- This maybe TMI. Sorry, not sorry. If you are a mom and plan to breastfeed, get a good pump. Enough said. It will save you time and be more effective. Also, get one with a car adapter so you can pump in the car when needed. This will allow you to go and do what you need to do, without being tied to a wall adapter. You will also need a bra that will hold your breast pumps. These are life savers. Get one. You will thank me later.
4) A journal for each child. I only write in it every month of two. I record major milestones or maybe a funny thing that they said. I write how I feel about them, about our life and about their future. It helps keep me grateful and centered. I plan to give each of them their own journal when they are older.
5) A Mom Group- Get involved with a group of moms who can encourage you, answer your questions and help keep you sane. Seriously. Find a group or put a group together. I have several groups. I have one that meets regularly for park dates and zoo trips. I have one that chats online and shares funny jokes and bits of encouragement, plus I have moms that I can just call with questions when I need advice. Get some mom friends. It will help make you a better mom.
Most importantly, remember that your child needs you. Your time, your energy, your encouragement. You are their MOM. They rely on us for so much. Sometimes it is exhausting, sometimes it is hard, sometimes it is wonderful.