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I have two tips to share that will make your life so much easier!

Does anyone else think it's impossible to put crib sheets on?! When we first set up the crib I was excited to get the sheets on, but spent at least 20 minutes trying to manuever my pregnant belly around the crib and wrangle the mattress pad and sheets on.

Then I had an epiphany. Why was I wrestling with the mattress that was in a box when I could easily take the mattress out? Does anyone else do this?DSC_0604My second tip is to layer crib sheets. Someone told me this when I was pregnant and I knew I had to try it.

We registered for three crib sheets and three mattress pads, knowing that when one gets wet in the middle of the night we would need back up! But who wants to hassle with putting on new sheets in the middle of the night? Not me!

The solution is to make up the mattress multiple times. It might sound silly, but trust me, when the baby wets through his diaper or spits up at 3 a.m., you'll thank me!DSC_0605Again, it's so much easier, to put the sheets on when the mattress is on the floor! Here I have a mattress pad and sheet on, then another mattress pad, followed by a sheet. Repeat as needed!DSC_0606
What tricks do you have to make life easier? As a new mom, I'm looking for all the help I can get!


Now that there's a baby in the house, we're doing a lot more laundry! I now count it a good day when I don't have to do a load. (Part of the reason there's so much laundry is that we're doing cloth diapers–which is goint great–but that's an extra 2 loads a week) That means we're using more detergent and fabric softener.

I order Charlie's Laundry Soap from Amazon. It's good for cloth diapers and I use it for everything. Anyone else use this?

Someone told me that fabric softener is one of the most toxic thing in your house. Who knew!? I had seen how to make wool dryer balls over at One Good Thing by Jillee and thought I'd give it a try.

All you need is wool yarn and an old pair of pantyhose. I made 4 yarn balls, about 4-inches in diameter while watching Parenthood–I'm all caught up now and the season's almost over, what am I going to do!? Put the balls in a pair of pantyhose. Use pieces of non-wool yarn to separate them. Throw them in a load of laundry, the hotter the water the better. Then put them in the dryer and you're done! I've never felted wool before, but it's the same process. The hot water breaks down the wool fibers.

Now I just keep the balls in the dryer. So far they work great! Has anyone else tried this? I know you can buy rubber dryer balls, but these are so much cheaper! I think the skeen of yarn was $7 and I have enough left to make at least one more set.

AND they cut your drying time! So no toxic chemicals, no more buying fabric softener, and quicker drying!

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