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My 5 Survival Tips for Parenthood

Ali Van Straten
ByAli Van StratenMay 27, 2022


There's no lie about it - parenting is hard. It seems like every day is filled with chaos, clutter, and never-ending to-do lists. But it doesn't have to be that way! I'm here to tell you that there are ways to make parenting easier - both for you and your kids. Here are 5 of my top tips:

Diaper and Wipe Subscription

Somehow the number 1 thing I always forget when I make my shopping list is to check if we need more diapers or wipes. And, of course, we always seem to need them right when we're about to run out. To avoid those last-minute diaper dashes (and the inevitable accidents that come with them), I signed up for a diaper and wipe subscription. I never have to worry about running out - they just show up at my door every month like magic. It's one less thing on my plate!

My favorite diaper subscription is Coterie because not only do the diapers fit my baby amazingly (we're going on 4 months without a blowout!), but they're also free of any of the harsh chemicals that the regular diapers at the store have. Their wipes are also made super effective and made from 100% plant-based fibers. Not only am I happy, but I can tell my daughter is also happy and comfortable. Plus, I like that they have a text line, so when my daughter goes through growth spurts, I can chat with them and make sure our next order of diapers will be the perfect fit.

Meal Plan

Another way I make my life as a parent easier is by meal planning. I know what you're thinking - how does that save time? Hear me out. By taking an hour or two each week to plan out our meals, I save so much time during the week. I'm not running to the store every day for last-minute ingredients, and I'm not trying to figure out what to make for dinner every night.

Plus, there are tons of meal delivery services that will do the meal planning for you, making it even easier.

Toy Clips

My baby's new favorite game is to throw anything and everything within reach and have me pick it up. She even laughs as she does it! I've started using toy clips to attach her favorite toys to the stroller, car seat, or high chair so that they're always within reach (and not on the floor!).

OK to Wake Clock

An OK to Wake Clock has saved our mornings and my sanity! When my 3-year-old figured out she could get out of her bed at any time, she'd decide to pay us multiple early morning visits. We got a dual OK to Wake Clock and Sound Machine, so in the morning, when she wakes up, she can see what color the clock is and know if it's time to wake up yet.

Mesh Zip Lock Bags

Mesh zip lock bags are my secret weapon for making sure my kids have all their matching socks! I attached a bag to the side of their laundry basket and put all the little stuff in. When it's time to do laundry, I just throw it into the washing machine with everything else. No more missing socks!

Parenting is hard, but it doesn't have to be as difficult as it seems. There are ways to make it easier for both you and your kids. From diaper and wipe subscriptions to meal planning, you can help make parenting a bit more manageable. Try some of these tips and see how they work for you!

Ali Van Straten
Ali Van Straten

Ali is a busy mom of a baby and preschooler living in Minnesota. She's a health and fitness enthusiast who loves to run, and also enjoys blogging about all things parenting, Peloton and meal prep. Ali's blog, Champagne and Coffee Stains, was created in 2019 as a resource for healthy recipes and tips for living a healthier lifestyle.