Learning to be an Efficient Mom

Being a new mom to a lovely 9-month old boy, I am learning everyday to be an efficient mom so that both me and the little one can be happy and healthy, and eventually enjoying each other. 🙂

Below is a list of things that I need to do as a mom to a 9-month old on a daily basis:

  1. Feed my little one – 4 meals a day, plus 2 snacks
  2. Cook baby foods – I prefer homemade baby foods to those baby food in jars that you can buy from stores. Homemade baby foods are simply healthier, tastier and less expensive; but more time consuming which is very challenging for a new mom.
  3. Put my little one to sleep – this one has been proved to be most challenging and frustrated daily task. The little one has his own agenda everyday and he is not planning to tell you anytime soon. I spend more than two hours a day just to put him to sleep, both naps and night time sleep.
  4. Play with my little one
  5. Clean the bottles
  6. Clean the floor – LO is crawling everywhere and I don’t like to see he is sucking his dirty fingers; and we have two furry friends at home.
  7. Laundry
  8. Cook food for myself
  9. Grocery shopping – this is actually a weekly task on demand
  10. Bathing, changing diapers, changing dirty cloth, and other small things, etc.

Below is a few tips I found so far to be an efficient mom:

  1. Make baby food at night and one at a time
  2. Take out the baby’s cloth the night before

To be continue…

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When Babies or Toddlers Change from Two Naps to One?

My LO is only 9.5 months old, but lately he seemed to resist his regular morning nap. For the last two or three month, he has one nap in the morning around 10~11am; another nap in the after noon around 3~4pm. Now he doesn’t want to have a nap in the morning any more since he entered 9 month. In the last a couple of weeks, I spent more than an hour every morning trying to make him sleep; however he refused to stay in bed like he used to. I am confused and frustrated! Is he ready to drop his two naps to one at 9 month old? Or perhaps his awaking time has been extended to more than 3 hours, but still have two naps a day? With these questions, I Googled to look for answers.

Signs your child is ready to change to one daily nap

Your child is ready to switch from two naps to one if . . .

  • when you put him down for a nap, he plays or fusses for at least 30 minutes before falling asleep. Then, he takes only a short nap.
  • he can go for car rides early in the day without falling asleep.
  • he can miss a nap and remain cheerful and energetic until his next nap, or bedtime.
  • he naps well for one of his naps, but totally resists the other nap.
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