Three Products That Will Make Your Life Easier (Pinky Swear!)
I've got a lot on my plate these days -- about one month ago my second daughter was born two months early; she's finally home and is doing great, but life with a preemie is nuts! -- and so I'm finding myself extra thankful for products that are saving my sanity.
1. Kiinde: For a new mom, life can feel all about milk. And for me, while my daughter was in the NICU I was pumping and freezing my milk, and storing it all became a bit of a problem, not to mention finding a good system for pumping. I tried all the different kinds of bags, and lots of different bottles too; and while all of the ones I tried are decent, when I came upon the entire "Twist" system from Kiinde, it was like the clouds parted and the heaven's rang out. For one thing, these are by FAR the easiest bags that you can pump directly into. They come with a set of attachments that fit any pump you may have. (I have a Medela pump.) You simply screw on the bag, pump and when you're done, pop on the top. No fiddling with fussy (and unreliable!) zip tops that can leak. Then, there's the ingenious storage solution. After enduring an avalanche of frozen breast-milk bags at 3am one too many times, the little filing-cabinet-esque contraption into which you can simply slide your baggies of milk is just plain awesome. Saves space, saves me from being attacked by blocks of milk in the middle of the night. There's even an accessory in the system that allows you to feed baby directly from the pouch. You simply slip the pouch into a holster, attach the included nipple that screws right on and voila-- baby is fed. If only it would burp and change her too.
2. The Spongester: Many people have two sponges at the sink: one for cleaning dishes and another for "other." Other being: wiping up gross spills, cleaning counters or floors, or (in my case) the second sponge is for cleaning the cat bowls or anything cat related. And that's all well and good, to have these two sponges but what I DON'T want is to mix them up. Meaning: the yucky sponge must never be used in place of the decent sponge. But how to differentiate, beyond using two different colors. Then I came across this sponge caddy (aka The Spongester), where one level is designated for the "Good Sponge" and the other is for the "Evil Sponge." Literally, it says so right there on the brushed metal contraption. While my husband initially thought it was a silly gimmick, even he (the eternal skeptic and minimalist) has admitted that not only is it a fabulous addition to our sink decor (it blends right in!) it has meant no kitchen sink mix-ups. Good and evil may be wrestled with throughout the rest of the world, but in this corner of my life, they're kept in their places.
3. Swim Zip: How much fun is it to wrestle your child in and out of a wet bathing suit. Heck, the suit need not even be wet for it to become a bit of a struggle. Add into that the slathering of sunscreen that we're supposed to do, oh, 15 times over the course of a day at the beach, and you have a recipe for blood, sweat and tears. (And that's just from Mom.) That's why the SwimZip rash guard/two-piece bathing suit is so frickin' awesome and I can't imagine that I'll ever buy another bathing suit that DOESN'T have an easy-in, easy-out zipper on the front of the long-sleeve rash guard. Two birds, one stone. Sun protection and wrestle-free dressing in one fell swoop. Hooray!