Although it seems like the summer just started, school days are fast approaching! Whether you have school-aged kids to round up and get to school or whether you’re just trying to figure out how to get yourself and your baby out the door in the morning, we’ve got some great tips to help you get your day started right.
Use the weekend to your advantage. On Saturday, or your day off, cook several large meals to put in the freezer. Take half an hour or an hour on the weekends for self-maintenance like doing your nails or tweezing your eyebrows, things that make you look polished but that can be morning time killers. Use the weekend to get organized. Set out different colored decorative bins by the door for each person’s school or work or diaper bags, shoes, and anything they would need in the morning. Make a to-do list for the coming week and do your grocery shopping so you’re prepared for the next week.
Use the night before to your advantage. Lay out your clothes and your children’s clothes the night before. Get everyone bathed before bed, including yourself. You’ll save yourself tons of time if everyone can just jump out of bed and get dressed. Pack lunches for you, your partner, and any school-aged children the night before. Set out cereal and make sure refrigerated breakfast food is easy to reach. Have everything ready so everyone, including baby can eat and run. Pack school and diaper bags ahead of time so you can just grab them and go in the morning.
Use the morning to your advantage. Don’t turn on your computer or look at your phone until you get to work so you don’t get distracted by email or texts or social media. Get up an hour before everyone else to get yourself ready, and then get baby and any other children ready. If your lunches are packed, you can just through them in a lunch box and head out the door.
One (1) Gerber Childrenswear reader will win a $150 prize basket full of Gerber essentials PLUS be featured in a Facebook post and in an upcoming blog post with her expert tips for making mornings manageable. To enter, post a comment briefly telling us what makes you a morning ‘SuperMom’. We want to hear your personal ‘supermom’ experiences, authentic thoughts and tips. Your experiences, wisdom and tips may help other moms better juggle the needs of their family, their job and, of course, themselves, at home or in the workplace.
We’ll choose the winning ‘SuperMom’ based on the comment we believe has the best, most original tips and announce her at the top of the blog within 48 hours of the close of the contest. A comment must be posted by 11:59 pm ET August 31, 2013 to be eligible.
Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to legal U.S. residents, age 18 or older. Void where prohibited; not open to employees of Gerber Childrenswear LLC and their immediate families. Contest ends 11:59 PM ET August 31, 2013. One comment / entry per person. Winner will be notified by email. Expect 2-3 weeks for delivery of prize basket. Estimated retail value of basket and contents is $150.00. Winner may be asked share a photograph and original tips for our website. For Official Contest Rules, click here.
photo credit: Suzette Pauwels