Why the need for Mum Hacks?
Before becoming a parent I thought I was pretty good at multi tasking and organising etc. But what I’ve come to realise is it’s quite to easy to be good at this when you don’t have children!
Now having 2 children in the mix my to-do list is crazy long and I often feel like I’m not getting enough done with my time. So when I was asked to review a parenting book, my top choice was for “mum hacks” I thought great, this is a book that might actually be useful.
So often do you read baby/children advice books, and think to yourself what a load of rubbish , that’s not practical or I would never do that.
Having not long had my second baby, Austin and only a 15 month age gap between Hayden and Austin I will take all the help and advice I can get to be more Efficient with my time.
The book is a reasonable length, not waffley, and well written. It’s the type of book you can dip in and out for 10 minutes when you can grab it, which is ideally as a busy mum. This is actually the first book I’ve managed to read in its entirety since my second baby.
Its divided into 7 chapters;
- kitchen craziness,
- playtime planning
- morning mayhem,
- behaving better,
- happy holidaying,
- housework hacks
- looking after you
This is great because you can just flick to the chapter that you find most useful. For me the best chapters were Kitchen craziness, happy holidaying and housework hacks!’
When reading it you get the feeling that the author ‘Tanith Carey’ is a real mum, by that I mean she’s just like the mum next door, not infallible and you can relate to her.
The book covers tips and hacks for mums with children of all ages, babies to teenagers. Obviously for me the baby and toddler hacks are the most useful.
Some of the hacks are things we have already implemented along with way with Hayden.
Examples of this include getting a basic highchair that’s easy to wipe clean etc. As I was reading hacks like this I thought they were quite obvious. But what I later reflected on was that they were only obvious as I have already been a mum for 18 months. For a new mum they might not be obvious and so I think this book would be ideal for a first time mum.
Even as a slightly more experienced mum, I found this book full of useful tips and tricks that I wished I had thought of before. For example, keeping disposable bibs in the changing bag so you don’t have to worry about forgetting a bib or later washing them. This is something I have started doing since reading the book, and its been great as I was all too often forgetting a bib or ending up with bits of dried up food in the bottom of the changing bag from the used bibs!’
As was reading through the book I found so many useful ideas that I wanted to remember and try and implement that I wrote them down in a list. As my post baby brain cannot yet be trusted to remember anything!
Heres just a few of the top tips I found and plan on trying;
- Gaffer tape rolls as cup holders when toddler first starting to use a cup
- Toys in the dishwasher in a bag- I’m planning on trying this one out as Hayden seems to love to put toys in his porridge and they are a nightmare to clean!
- Some good craft tips to help save on mess including use of fuzzy felt and glitter glue instead of glitter
- Buying socks in 1 colour and style so easy to match up – I love this one, I really can’t stand mismatched socks!
- Buy a shoe measurer online- So you don’t always have to traipse your children to the shops to get feet measured and then you order shoes online!
- Washer dryer bag each child clothes so they come out ready sorted!
In summary this was a great book that is actually useful. I will be reading this through again as the boys get older to make a note and implement some of the older children hacks too. This book would be perfect for a new mum/dad but still very useful to a more experienced mummy/daddy too! I would definitely recommend a read!
Disclaimer: I was send a copy of the ‘Mum Hacks’ book by Crimson Publishing for the purposes of this review. However, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.