Today, as I drove through the drive-thru for my daily dose of caffeine, I began to think about how I completely and totally underestimated the beauty of drive-thrus before children. After all, without a drive-thru, I would have to drag my crazies into a restaurant, fight with them about what they can’t have and then wrangle them back into their car seat. No thank you. I think I’ll starve.
As I went through my day, I noticed many other things that I appreciate much more now that I am a parent. Here is a short list of some of things that just don’t compare in value BC (before children):
- Spray on butt cream – are you kidding me? Why did it take us so long to come up
with this fabulous idea? After all, who wants to smear butt paste on their baby’s bottom? The kid screams, it gets in your fingernails, it’s just nasty. This awesome new method is long overdue and makes me smile every time I spray my little one’s tush.
- EZ Pass – just like drive-thrus, this allows me to keep my children constrained while traveling. As anyone who travels with children knows, it only takes one quick stop to wake a perfectly sleeping baby. Being able to fly through toll plazas without having to stop means many more hours of sleeping children which means many more children will survive the trip.
- Squeezey Pouches – Pureed food that my little one can feed them self – perfect! While I didn’t completely get it with my first kid (after all, why not just sit down and feed your kid), by kid #3, I completely got the convenience of it. They are perfect for an in between meal snack, a meal on the go, or whenever I feel guilty for all of the crap my youngest has eaten through the day (they are vegetables, after all.) Thank you to the genius that invented this brilliant packaging.
- Fixed temperature facets – I never gave two thoughts about these before kids, but these are great for little ones that want to shower themselves (otherwise known as getting wet, but not clean in my house). I don’t have to worry about them scalding their skin, because the kid bathroom is always set on the right temperature.
- The stroller strap on your diaper bag – this beauty made it so much easier to shop. Sometimes I had the baby in a bjorn, while shopping, so the last thing I needed was to be carry something else. It also meant that I didn’t ever have to lose space in the cart for my bag, since it sat outside. With baby #2 I thought I would be trendy and just carry a big designer bag instead of diaper bag. That was very short lived once I realized there was no stroller strap. Game over. Back to ugly mommy world.
- Rock and Play – as a mom of kids that all had horrible reflux, the invention of a sleeping contraption that that kept the boys on an incline was incredible. I’ll admit I didn’t think I needed one originally. After all, I had a swing, a bouncy seat, and so much other stuff. Why would I need another baby item? Well, I was wrong, dead wrong. My babies all felt so snug in them and each and every one of the kids loved them. It didn’t hurt that they are couch-height, so I could lay down next to baby when I was exhausted and rock them. I would not have another baby without one.
- Fruit snacks – otherwise known as ‘when all else fails’ in my house. If we are desperate to have a well-behaved child in church, the Dr. office, or anywhere that requires them to sit quietly for long periods of time, we bring out the heavy artillery.
What mom essentials could you not live without?