Are you a stay-at-home-mom who struggles to get a shower on a semi-regular basis? This morning (Tuesday) I realized that I hadn’t had a shower since Friday night! Yikes! I’ve been trying to get better about showering and making myself look pretty before hubby gets home. But, as you can see, it’s a struggle.
I have found that having a 2 small children can make it hard to get a shower. I’m sure no one else can relate. 😉 But, just in case, I thought I’d share a few of my shower strategies.
- Wake up before the kids. I know, I know, this is my least favorite option too. I have small people. I’m tired. But on days that I do get up before them, grab a shower, some coffee and some quiet time, my whole day goes better! I’d like to get in the habit of doing this more often. If you can work it out with hubby, so he can cover the kids for a few minutes before he leaves for work, that’s always helpful to.
- Shower the night before. I’m a morning shower person, but showering the night before sure beats 4 days of SAHM stench.
- Nap-time! As soon as nap-time starts, jump in! Whatever else is on your nap-time to-do list, whether it’s clean, work, sleep or binge on Netflix, you’ll enjoy it much more if you use the first 10 minutes to get clean and put on a fresh pair of yoga pants!
- Use the infant car seat. If you’ve got an infant, strap him/her into the bucket seat and bring it into the bathroom with you. You can peak on your precious little one as much as you want! If you’re little one doesn’t care for the carseat try adding a Carseat Toybar and see if that helps!
- Bring your tot in the shower with you. So, there’s this awkward stage when your child stops taking naps, but is also too young to be without line-of-sight supervision. This is a great time for the “2 for 1 shower strategy.” When you shower with little people, Calgon will not take you away, but at least you’ll be clean! … And as a bonus, you don’t have to do bathtime! Some people might feel weird about this, but my philosophy is: if they’re young enough to need constant supervision, they’re young enough to shower with mom.
- Netflix. When your child is old enough to watch a show without getting into mischief, you have arrived! This is also the stage where they can fix their own cereal and watch cartoons on Saturday morning while you and hubby sleep in. If you’re not there yet, don’t worry, it will be here before you know it.
The days are long, but the years are short.
Get a shower when you can, and enjoy every stinky moment when you can’t!
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