As a plumber’s wife, I had the joy of asking my capable husband to install appliances and fixtures which made our lives much easier. As a mom of 3 (all of them under 6, and two of them being twins), these are the top 4 things that I would recommend to other parents:
- An instant hot water dispenser under the kitchen sink. This gadget made bottle making and purifying so much simpler, because there was instant hot water to rinse or soak bottles. When bottles became a thing of the past, it was perfect for filling up a pan for even faster mac and cheese, soup or to get water ready for a hummingbird feeder (once it cooled down, of course). On cold days, it was perfect for tea or hot chocolate. We use ours all the time and I would definitely recommend one to everyone.
- A pint-sized toilet is much simpler for kids to use and easier on a tired parent’s aching back. It eliminates the need for unstable, messy, removable seats and stepstools. The pint-sized pottys are just like adult toilets, only they are sized for kids. They are the used in pre-k and kindergartens. Even though they are small, adults can use them too, as long as they aren’t the over the weight limit. I love not having to worry about the kiddos falling off of step stools while pulling up their pants. (It has happened). I like not tripping over the step stool, because it stays by the sink, instead of being moved all over so that my tiny tots can reach everything. The potties can be expensive, depending on the brand and manufacturer, but these pottys in my humble opinion are well worth the money for the ease of use and peace of mind.
- An adjustable shower bar is my third recommendation, because my 5 year old doesn’t need to have me hand her the sprayer anymore. With the shower bar, the sprayer has been lowered to accommodate her height. Even though, I am supervising my kid’s shower time, it makes them feel grown up to use the sprayer on their own. I opted for the ones that screw into the wall instead of the stick-on kind, because my kids might pull too hard and I didn’t want to take the chance of the shower head falling and hitting them.
- It is fun for the kids take a bath in the giant master bathtub, but it’s back breaker for the mom or dad to rinse the tear-free shampoo from tiny tresses. One day my husband saw me arched over the tub trying to rinse the suds out of their hair with a cup. Being the thoughtful husband he is, he surprised me shortly after with a tub spout sprayer. It turns a tub spout into a sprayer, so instead of using dirty tub water to rinse their hair or trying to lean them under the tub spout, I grab my trusty sprayer and it’s as easy as pie. My kids love using bath crayons and bubble bath, but they can be a pain to clean off the tub, but now with tub’s spout sprayer it makes cleaning the tub a snap. It was a wonderful surprise and I’m sure it would make a great Mother’s or Father’s Day gift, since we enjoy it as well.
I hope you find these recommendations helpful. Do you have an indispensable item to add? I’d love to hear about it.