Cleaning with a Newborn in the House (Tips for Stay at Home Moms)

How to make your life easier cleaning with a newborn in the house

It’s easy to blame the lack of tidiness in your home on the fact that you have a newborn to take care of. Newborns need a lot of time and attention. So much that they might actually be the reason the house is a mess (of course, we won’t’ tell them that!)

As a mom to a newborn, you have to learn to prioritize your daily schedule. That includes cleaning the house. It’s important that you try and commit to a cleaning routine as early as you can. This way you won’t get stuck in the habit of taking care of the baby and nothing else.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you tackle the mess:

Use Plastic Serveware

The first few weeks with a newborn are quite the adjustment. You’re learning how to care for someone else and yourself all over again. No one expects you to have everything all figured out right now. Take some of the pressure off of yourself. Consider using plastic products to help cut dishwashing time in half. 

Take Advantage of Nap Time

You might be tempted to nap with your newborn but you’d be surprised at how much you can accomplish in just a short amount of time. While the baby is napping, instead of joining them, try completing a few of those chores that have been piling up. Throw a load of laundry in the wash, wipe down the bathroom, and do some light dusting.

One Thing at a Time

As a mom, it’s easy to pile everything on your plate at once. But don’t feel compelled to finish everything at once. Take each day as it comes, tackling one thing at a time. The more you do this, the easier it becomes. If you’re a new mom, one thing you’ll learn is that you know have to work around someone else’s schedule. And that’s ok. Just take a deep breath and understand that you will accomplish what you need to accomplish when the time is right.

Use Cleaning Caddies

Cleaning caddies or cleaning baskets are the best things to have in the house if you have a newborn. They make it easy for you to find the cleaning product you need and wipe down any surface quickly. If you don’t have a cleaning basket, you can easily make one, fill it with all of your favorite green cleaning products and stick it under the sink.

Utilize the Baby Sling

In the event that you’re newborn is not napping and they want to be held, a baby sling makes anything easy. It’s a great way to get some cuddle time in while completing all your household chores at the same time. Just strap the baby to your chest and go on with your business. 

Consider Using a Diffuser

There are many benefits to diffusing essential oils in your home. But one of the main benefits of it is that it provides clean, mold-free air to your home. Certain essential oils like lemon and sweet orange, kill and prevent mold growth while providing you with wonderful mood-boosting smells. (Essential oils are also great for new moms with postpartum depression.)

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