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Cleaning with a Baby

As friends of Trust and Dust may know, I’ve recently had a baby girl called Coco, and I’ve had to adapt my home cleaning habits accordingly…

When people tell you that babies are all-consuming and take up all of your time, they aren’t wrong! Obviously baby comes first, and while pregnant I was aware that cleaning might fall by the wayside when baby came, and was totally okay with that. However, in reality I still find a messy and dirty house leaves me feeling far from zen, even through the foggy haze of tiredness and baby love, so here are my top tips for how to keep on top of the house work with a baby…

 

  • Little and often- Time is tight, you need to clean the bathroom and kitchen, empty the dishwasher, run the vacuum cleaner around, change the bed… Write a quick list in priority order and try and get everything done in small increments. The days of bashing out 2 hours of cleaning on a Saturday morning are gone…
  • It may help your baby sleep- White and ambient noise helps Coco sleep , so I never hesitate to turn on the vacuum cleaner right next to her when she’s asleep, or worry that my clattering around will wake her up. It’s a noise she has to get used to as well!
  • Use baby friendly cleaning products– Don’t forget to make sure you use baby-safe products, with little or no chemicals, around your child. I’ve made a cleaning spray, which consists of 2 parts white vinegar, 1 part water and a few drops of essential oil. Smells great and it’s eco-friendly as well. Have a look at our green cleaning blog for more tips-https://trustanddust.com/green-cleaning/

  • Prioritise you- If you’re feeling really tired or a bit emotional, instead of doing whatever cleaning you had planned for the day, have a nap, take a shower or go and see a friend for tea. It’s easy to try and do it all when you get the chance, but looking after yourself is more important.
  • It’s just cleaning- Try not to care too much, you may have to abandon ship halfway or even 30 seconds into your cleaning, but don’t despair, at least you tried and seeing your little one smile is so much more important than a clean kitchen. I’m still working on this one myself, but hope that with time I’ll be a bit more relaxed about the housework. After all, it’s only going to get worse when Coco will be making a mess herself!

An Instagram account I found while late night scrolling during baby feeding, has really inspired me, and once Coco is a little bit older, I plan to adopt the TOMM method! Head over to The Organised Mum website to find out more- https://www.theorganisedmum.blog and follow her on instagram- https://www.instagram.com/the_organised_mum/

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