Best Baby Care Hints from Heloise and TheMotherhood

Thursday afternoon I was a co-host of a wonderful live chat on The Motherhood with Heloise (internationally syndicated columnist, TV personality and author of numerous books, including her latest, Handy Household Hints from Heloise).
The live chat was to help sponsor Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment and the hour just flew by with tons of great questions and conversations from moms all over the country. Here are a few of the top key points that were talked about during the live chat.

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1. Dealing  with Kids’ Boo-Boos:

From Heloise: Use a red washcloth, which shows no blood, and tiny frozen fast-food condiment packages as ice packs, remove bandage, without an ouch, by covering first with baby or mineral oil.

From Brandie: Fill cloth bags with flax and lavender. You can put them in the freezer. They feel good on bruises and small injuries and have a nice scent that can be calming.

2. Ways to  Organize Tot’s Things:

From Heloise: Put complete outfits, underpants and all, in a large zipper bag. On the weekend, put together a week’s worth to save stress and time on hectic mornings.

From “Clumberkim”: When you get a new toy, give away, sell or donate an old one to avoid an excess buildup of unused or forgotten toys.

 3. Keeping  Track of Bath Toys:

From Heloise: Corral them with a plastic colander or mesh vegetable bag, which go right into the tub and allows for easy drying.

From “This Mama Loves”: To clean bath toys, put them in a lingerie bag, zip it and put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Avoid squirty bath toys or toys with holes, which are harder to clean and sanitize.

4. Maintaining  the Peace During Naptime:

From members of The Motherhood: When the baby is sleeping, put a note on your front door that says, “Do Not Disturb, the baby is napping” to prevent people from ringing the doorbell and waking him or her.

From Heloise: Heloise’s mother, the original Heloise, published this  hint in her newspaper column that she started in 1959 (a true reflection  of the importance and power of women sharing their best ideas).

5. When Heloise invited the community to  share their best advice for new moms, the community overwhelmingly said, trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to come up with your own rules.

Heloise provided a final thought to community at the  end of the talk: “My mother, the original Heloise, started a mom’s community back in 1959 with her newspaper column. She told her housewives, ‘I love you, and you’re not alone’.” And that is exactly what Heloise wanted to leave with moms.

See a full summary of the conversation on TheMotherhood: