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How Can I Stay Organized as a New Mom?

I feel so stressed with my new baby -- there's so much going on I can barely keep up with it all. How can I stay better organized?

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I feel so stressed with my new baby -- there's so much going on I can barely keep up with it all. How can I stay better organized?

The Bump Expert

Some new moms like to go with the flow. Others want to track everything. Regardless of which one you are, there are easy-to-use apps out there that can restore order to your life. Here, some of our favorites.

Baby’s schedule

“Log when the baby eats and sleeps,” suggests parenting coach Tammy Gold. “Once a pattern has formed, you can implement a schedule around the baby’s needs,” she says. “This will also allow for a constancy of care between all caregivers.”

If you like pencil and paper, check out The Bump Breastfeeding Log, and Sleep Tracker. There’s also an app for that. My Baby & Me by Philips AVENT lets you track baby’s height, weight, feedings, sleeping schedule and diaper changes. And instead of frantically searching the web for child-specific information, you can use The Bump parenting app for week-by-week tips and articles based on baby’s age.

Your budget

Make the financial adjustment of having a new family member easier. Keep track of your finances with Mint, an app that lets you set category-specific budgets. It links to your credit card so you don’t have to remember to log each transaction.

To- do lists

Intuition: Mom's Personal Assistant lets you create, manage and share to-do lists and grocery lists. Even better, you can share them with your partner, nanny or Grandma.

Baby photos

Have hundreds of pictures on your phone? CanDoBaby! has a BabyBook app that lets you organize, caption and share all of baby’s milestones. You’ll get a physical book for $25.

Plus, more from The Bump:

New-Mom Confessions

How to Survive the Newborn Period

Crazy Things Tired Moms Did

Anisa Arsenault

re: Q: Staying organized?

If available in your area, check in to ordering your groceries online and having them delivered. It really helps keep me sane and organized - I plan all the meals and shop for a week at a time. You'll save time, especially since you can squeeze it in between feedings, late at night, while baby naps, etc. I also find that I do less impulse buying, which saves me a ton of money and more than compensates for the delivery charge each week. Finally - and for me, most importantly - I can shop without the distractions of a newborn and a screaming four year-old. I never end up forgetting anything (even with a list, I always went home without something crucial), and my preschooler throws a few less fits in a day and doesn't sneak any junk food into the cart.

happysparkle |

Q&A: How to stay organized as a new mom?

Do little things. Instead of leaving your plate on the table to do later, pick it up and put it in the dishwasher. Also, grab any miscellaneous items laying around (i.e. junk mail, dirty socks, dog toys, baby toys) and put them away when you leave a room. Spending 5 minutes to put things back will help you to keep your life organized and encourage you and others to keep things clean. It seems like once there is a little mess, the mess will grow exponentially until it seems to take over your entire home. Also you will be able to find that special toy to calm your child when they are screaming because it will be where it is supposed to be, not in the basement under the left couch cushion.

KatieMarie27 |

Q&A: How to stay organized as a new mom?

same here, Im also on the process of adjustment, Being a new mom is hard at first but organizing your stuff will be easier if you'll use items like really useful boxes 35 litre for storing your baby's item. Its quite challenging but I enjoy organizing all my baby's stuff.

dhenz88 |

Q&A: How to stay organized as a new mom?

I've found that a drawing notebook (or one with no lines) in an easy to carry 5x7 size. That way, whatever lists and assorted thoughts come to mind, I can place them anywhere on the page. I also have broken up the household cleaning chores so that it only takes roughly 20 minutes a day (my house is only 1800 sq ft) plus the everyday stuff is also written down (pick-up house, dishes, make bed, and catbox). I keep a separate college-lined notebook for the weekly meal plans. As someone mentioned before, doing this saves time, money, and hassle. Don't forget it's ok to walk away and breathe for a few moments.

Rubychic713 |

Q&A: How to stay organized as a new mom?

Before baby I was somebody that came home from work and immediately started cleaning up from the morning, I made my bed, started a load of laundry, started dinner and while it was cooking I would run the vacuum and empty trash! Now.. I rather spend that time with my lovey, but if I do not do it, I somehow cannot clear the clutter in my own head.. so I make myself a list of which room to organize by day. So Monday I know that when I come home, I nurse him.. put him in his front pack and we tackle the bathroom! Tuesdays, same thing but we tackle a different room!

rmurphy24 |