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My Messy Baby – Tip 1

Last month my wife and I welcomed our first child into our lives. Along with all of our happiness, joy, and excitement, quickly came confusion. While we had the nursery set, crib in place and drawers packed to the brim with diapers, we had no idea how to take care of a newborn. Since parenthood is a work in progress, I will be periodically posting new tips and tricks that I come across in our new adventure. By blogging this series, I hope that it will help a new parent get those extra couple minutes of precious sleep.

One of the biggest things that we noticed after birth is that our boy can EAT! We're pretty sure that he is going to be a competitive eating champion by the age of six. With him being on a steady routine of eating every 2 hours, our house had become a wasteland of baby bottles. Now, for those of you that have had children, you know that a hungry baby doesn't have much patience. We'd wash them as we used them and try and keep up with his hunger but with the chaos came confusion. Which bottle was clean, which ones were dirty? Clean bottles ended up being washed again out of fear of contamination. My wife and I needed to get more efficient, fast.

After doing some research online, I stumbled on an article that was posted on baby toolkit. Adrienne had some really great ideas that we quickly put into place. We purchased two bottle brushes, one for the kitchen, and one for the upstairs bathroom. We also thought that it may be easier if we had two separate places to store the dirty and the clean bottles. We purchased a green bin for dirty bottles and a clear bin for clean bottles.

Bottle 1

Bottle 2

Instead of washing one bottle at a time as needed, we could now grab the entire bin of dirty bottles, take them down to the kitchen and sterilize them all at once in a pot of boiling water. The bottle brush still works great for cleaning one at a time but I highly recommend cleaning bottles in bulk. The best thing about it is that you can do it from the living room while watching TV. After reading an article on buzzle about sterilizing bottles we are now saving ourselves approximately 20 minutes of cleaning every day. For some additional tips on sterilizing baby bottles in bulk check out this article on buzzle.

With the help of friends and family, a little online research, and a lot of patience, we're starting to get the hang of things…

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6 Responses to My Messy Baby – Tip 1

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  3. Zack Potts January 26, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Thanks Jackie, its been a real time saver. We all know how valuable even a couple of extra minutes during the day is when theres a little one around. Thanks for your comment and let me know if you have any other time-saving ideas!

  4. Jackie January 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    I wish I’d thought of this when we were going through the multiple feedings last year. Brilliant Idea!

  5. Zack Potts January 14, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Thanks Adrienne! Yeah, the little man can really eat. Now if we can just get him to sleep through the night… Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  6. adrienne from baby toolkit January 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Congrats on the new baby!
    Those 2 hour apart feedings are daunting. Your solution looks great, and I cannot tell you how much I wished I had thought of the two container colors. Sheer brilliance!
    Thanks for the link.

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