6 signs you might be a good mom

6 signs you might be a good momMaybe you don’t actually question if you’re a decent parent. For myself, I tend to question if I’m doing enough. That concern is born out of a deep-seated concern for my children’s welfare that was created in me by God when I became a first-time mother. If you ever ask that question, you might be a good mom. Here are six other signs you might be a good mom:

1. Your Target grocery basket has 8,427 kid and baby items and two mama items. Maybe. 

6 signs you might be a good mom
Target runs are somewhat rare for me, as venturing out with the three rascals is rather ambitious. But if I have an extra dollar, the question of whether it’s going to me or my kids does not actually exist. If you find this happening to you, you might be a good mom. 

2. When you hear crying at 2AM, your concern for their welfare is somewhat greater than your desire to keep sleeping. Most of the time. 

What’s more, even if you’re normally a heavy sleeper, the slightest whimper can wake you up. Especially during those newborn days. Sheesh (By the way, if you’re paranoid about your baby not breathing, this movement monitor is perfect). If you can’t snooze straight through your kids wailing like the boogeyman just ate their arm, you might be a good mom. 

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3. You eat your dinner cold. And last. 

Every meal is punctuated with requests that require you to leave your seat, which is extra-appealing after being on your feet for the last hour or so preparing and serving the meal. If answering most of your kids’ mealtime demands leaves your arroz con gandules (ha! As if I know how to make that dish) less-than-steaming at the point at which it enters your mouth, you might be a good mom. 

4. You spend less time in the shower than you do cleaning oatmeal from their hair and clothes. 

The screaming, whining, and inconsiderate requests are inevitable once you unrobe and start the water. The question is, how long can you ignore them before mommy guilt forces you to cut things short? If you barely spend enough time in the shower to clean yourself (and often not even every day) because you’re worried your kids might end up in the ER during the five minutes they’re not in your control, you might be a good mom (disclaimer: please make sure your kids are in a safe spot while you shower. Leaving the baby next to an open flame is NOT a good idea. But you know this, because you’re probably a good mom).

6 signs you might be a good mom; read more at gloriousmomblog.com5. You’re willing to endure ninety minutes of preparations for a sixty minute trip to the park. 

The park is essential for everyone’s sanity. You can only spend so many days in a row cooped up in the kitchen cooking and cleaning with the occasional foray into the laundry room. Your kids are getting restless playing with the same (who are we kidding: 2,476) toys and need some sunshine. You might be a good mom if you’re willing to go the distance and change the diaper that just got changed so that you all can enjoy the venue of your kids’ choice. 

6. You might be a good mom if you yell at your kids on occasion.

Whaaaaaaat? Sorry, a bit of a departure from the flavor of this post, but yes, even moms who sometimes lose it after their kid just dumped their entire dinner on the floor and then slapped mama in the face, even these mothers can be considered a good mom. If you feel guilty about it, apologize to your kid, and pray for God to give you grace to do it less, you’re still a good mom. 

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7 baby products that shouldn’t exist

7 baby products that shouldn't exist: the seven baby products I have found the most frustrating or useless with my three littles. Check out the list at gloriousmomblog.com.

By this point I’ve been through three babies. My youngest is a toddler. So I find myself at times asking the question, “who on earth thought this baby (or toddler) product was a good idea, and why have they not made amends for their error?” Read my list, and then let me know if you agree, or if I missed any. 

Tie shoes

Why does a baby or toddler need laces? Do they know how to tie their shoes? It looks cute. Yeah. I look cute with kids screaming at me when I’m running late and it’s taking five times as long as it should to wrangle a squirmy kid into their footwear. DUMB. All baby and toddler shoes should be Velcro

Pajamas with snaps

If you love someone, or even mildly don’t wish them pain and suffering, DON’T give them baby pajamas with snaps. With a newborn, you’re changing their diapers several times in the middle of the night – do you really want to deal with eighty snaps at 3AM? Does it get better as they outgrow their nightly feedings? NO! What comes next is squirmy toddlerhood. Do you think they’re going to sit still and patiently wait for you to snap all 1200 snaps, realize you missed one, unsnap them all and then resnap them again? By this time they’ve pulverized your internal organs with their flailing feet and pulled your hair out by its roots. If there be any love or compassion in you at all, give zippered pajamas at the baby shower.

7 baby products that shouldn't exist: the seven baby products I have found the most frustrating or useless with my three littles. Check out the list at gloriousmomblog.com.Bibs with Velcro

I love Target. It’s close and quick. Therefore I buy 99% of my stuff there. So I was always frustrated that ALL their bibs featured Velcro. Do you know how useless that is? The baby will wear that bib for maybe a month or two before he figures out that he can rip the hated thing off in a heartbeat. Do you think your newly-minted toddler is keeping it on? Ha! Why don’t they only make bibs with snaps or strings? Too logical, I know. 

Wipes that don’t pull apart

I’ve sampled enough wipes to know what features are important to me, and top amongst them is the ability to separate easily. When I discover that the diaper I thought housed pee is hiding poop instead, I want to be able to make that nastiness disappear ASAP before Crafty Toddler or Curious Baby starts exploring the poop with their fingers. If I gotta struggle to get my next wipe, I may not finish this thing in time. My LEAST favorite are the Target Up & Up brand wipes, while the ones I like the most are Pampers

7 baby products that shouldn't exist: the seven baby products I have found the most frustrating or useless with my three littles. Check out the list at gloriousmomblog.com.Nose bulbs

Unfortunately, I did not discover the Nose Frida until my third baby. Zac was always congested, and addicted as he was to the paci, he needed to breathe through his nose. I’m telling you, even the hospital-issued nose bulbs do next to nothing. The Nose Frida, or Snot Sucker as I call it, was 5x as effective. 

Pull-ups without side Velcro

This is a no-brainer. You know how hard it is to remove a poopy pull-up that doesn’t disattach at the sides? I literally just rip the pull-up off my child. Another example of a product that must not have been made by a parent who actually uses it. Luckily, Huggies makes a pretty decent pull-up with the side Velcro

Musical toys without an Off button 

I think pretty much all modern toys now come with Off buttons; some are even smart enough to have two volume choices. Although this still doesn’t solve the problem of your kid activating a sound that doesn’t stop manually and then walking out of the room 😱😱😱.

You’d think after all these years someone would figure out what works and what doesn’t, but no … they leave it to us moms to sort everything out. 

I took a shower

I took a shower: a silly poem on the futility of cleanliness as a mom. Read more at gloriousmomblog.com. I took a shower. 

Earth paused its rotation in sheer contemplation of the boldness of such an act.

God in His glory laughed at the story of me getting clean; it’s a fact. 

I took a shower. 

Two little boys with plenty of toys decided they needed the others’. 

Then shouting ensued along with some rude shoving and hitting of brothers. 

I took a shower: a silly poem on the futility of cleanliness as a mom. Read more at gloriousmomblog.com. I took a shower. 

I then heard a yell as my little girl fell from trying to fly like a fairy. 

She then ran in fear, yelling in tears, “without you, mom, everything’s scary!”

I took a shower. 

Little boy had to poo, then what did he do, but remove his diaper this minute. 

With poop smearing here, and all over there, what did he do but walk in it. 

I took a shower: a silly poem on the futility of cleanliness as a mom. Read more at gloriousmomblog.com. I took a shower. 

One found a cabinet with pots and pans in it, and arranged them all on the floor. 

The other found rice, and thought it was nice, to give it a little pour. 

I took a shower. 

I was desperate and dirty, not at all perty, so I did what any mom would. 

I took a gamble, left the house in shambles, but I cleaned myself real good. 

How to distract your kids while you work

How to distract your kids while you work: 16 tips to keep the littles busy so you can actually get stuff done! Read how at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com. I’ve been working since I was in my teens, with a short break while I was in college. When I had my first baby, I still had to continue all my normal duties, except with a newborn! I now have three small children, and still have zero childcare. 

So in the past five plus years, I have learned to get creative! I constantly need to keep my kids occupied, not just while I’m working, but also when I’m doing general housekeeping and cleaning stuff. Here are some ideas I have for keeping my kids out of my hair. 

1. Put on some kid’s music and let them dance. 

Veggie Tales, anyone? I can’t endure this every day, but it works once in a while. 

2. When it’s warm, let them play in the yard. 

I work almost entirely from my cell phone, so it’s easy to transplant myself outdoors. 

How to distract your kids while you work: 16 tips to keep the littles busy so you can actually get stuff done! Read how at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com. 3. Set up blanket forts and box mazes. 

Also use toy tents and collapsible tunnels!

4. Put them in the feeding chair with a water bottle with a mister. 

This works on my autistic son very well. This product is genius. 

5. Set them in a reading nook with some books

Of course, this depends on your child’s personality. My oldest and youngest love this. 

6. Play doh!

7. Kinetic sand!

8. Coloring or simple cut and paste activities

9. Relocate them to a different room. 

My kids get bored in the same spot all the time. Alternate rooms and be sure to mix in snack time and craft time

How to distract your kids while you work: 16 tips to keep the littles busy so you can actually get stuff done! Read how at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com. 10. DIY water table

11. Give your toddler a sorting activity or something similar.

12. Give them an extended bath and work in or near the bathroom. 

13. With your older kids, encourage pretend play. 

14. If they’re old enough, let them try to wash the plastic dishes

My daughter is five and it takes her like thirty minutes to wash like six dishes, but she likes it and it keeps her busy!

How to distract your kids while you work: 16 tips to keep the littles busy so you can actually get stuff done! Read how at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com. 15. Keep rotating toys and even rearrange your house so they don’t get bored. 

We recently turned a bedroom into a toy room. For days my middle child has been insistent on playing there without me. 

16.  Have more kids. 

This post is decidedly bereft of humor so I had to add that one. Actually though, my oldest and my youngest play together a lot, which helps tremendously!

It’s a legitimate challenge working with small children underfoot, but it doesn’t have to stress you out. Once you learn how to change things up and keep the little boogers occupied, it’s a blessing to be able to have them with you all day … well, kind of …

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discoveredJac is like many typical three-year-old boys in that he prefers being naked. If his diaper is wet or dirty, that thing is coming OFF. You might say, Oh, great! He’s ready for potty training! But Jac is not a typical three-year-old in that he has autism, and potty training hasn’t quite worked out yet. 

Jac is bright, resourceful, and determined. I tried many things. If you’ve had toddler girls and boys, you will realize that boys have unique challenges in this regard. You can’t do the backwards diaper thing because the back of the diaper isn’t absorbent enough for a front-facing urine stream. Duct tape was effective for a while until my little smarty pants realized he could just pull his wee wee up out of his diaper, because the number two reason he wants to be naked, besides eliminating the soiled diaper, is playing with his wee wee. That thing is loads of fun!

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discovered.One day, Jac removed his clothes and peed all over the couch. That was the final straw. I am by no means a seamstress, but I set to altering his clothes to provide a solution. The zipper needed to be in the back where he couldn’t reach it, I needed to shorten the arms and legs as the weather was warming up, and I needed to tighten the arm and leg holes so he couldn’t reach a limb back into his pajamas to remove his diaper (yes, he’s done this before). 

This was a pretty good solution except for two things: one, it took forever to alter each pair of pajamas, and two, they looked horrible! To fit correctly they appeared illfitting, plus the edges weren’t finished. So if we wanted to leave the house and go somewhere he might remove his clothes, he would look a little ridiculous (you can see one of my attempts in the top picture of this post).

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discovered.
Enter the Little Keeper Sleeper. I did a little research online to see if a product existed that matched what I had created, but looked nicer. Not surprisingly, such a product was hard to find and expensive. Even though plenty of typical toddlers have the same problem of removing their clothes, this product is classified as “special needs” which means vendors can charge a ton for it. Fortunately for me, I came across the Little Keeper Sleeper. This product was the most reasonably-priced that I found, plus the quality was amazing. 

To be honest, I loved this product so much that I approached the company asking if I could write a review in exchange for a free sleeper. The sleeper we use is the short sleeved one. I’ve found that it’s versatile because if you need it for the winter as well, you can just put a long sleeved shirt on top. 

My secret for keeping clothes on my toddler: check out the truly inescapable pajamas I discovered.The sleeper is inescapable. Jac wears a uniform to preschool, and as soon as he’s home I dress him in the Little Keeper Sleeper. I then change him into a clean sleeper for bedtime. 

Day and night, my little boy wears the Little Keeper Sleeper, and not once has he successfully removed it.

The arm and leg holes are well-fitted so he can’t sneak his arm back through, the zipper endures the wrestling match we have every time I get him dressed, and the three snaps at the top of the back are an extra precaution to make sure my little Houdini stays put. I actually don’t always use them (you can see this in the slide picture) because I’m dressing him in a rush, but even unsnapped he’s never escaped. 

The Little Keeper Sleeper looks SO much nicer than my own creation! Not only is it a solid piece of construction, but it’s the best-looking inescapable pajamas, and again, at an unbeatable price. 

So if you are struggling as I was with keeping diapers and clothes on your little one, I wholeheartedly recommend the Little Keeper Sleeper. 

The best snacks for your toddler

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. This post contains affiliate links.

Toddlers. They never want to eat meals, but they can snack ALL day long! I made a list of favorite toddler snacks as recommended by my mom friends. Check these out if you’re looking for delicious, nutritious snacks your toddler will love. 

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list.
1. Earth’s Best yogurt smoothies

Earth’s Best seems to be a favorite brand. I know my kids love to eat food out of a squeeze pouch, especially if it’s sweet!

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 2. Annie’s fruit snacks

I’ve had these; they’re tasty! I know fruit snacks should be given in moderation because of the sugar, but these are organic, have no high fructose corn syrup, and are made with fruit juice. 

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 3. Annie’s bunny snacks

Annie’s healthy version of goldfish is always a big hit with the kids. 

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 4. Earth’s Best applesauce

My kids eat applesauce every day, but I gotta be careful that it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup. Who needs to sweeten applesauce anyway???

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 5. Z Bars – Clif Bars for kids

Look at all that goodness! My kids love bars. I might have to steal one …

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 6. Earth’s Best bars

Breakfast bars! What kid isn’t into these guys?

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list. 7. Greek yogurt

This is my middle son’s favorite snack. He used to eat just plain, until I added honey. Now he always has to have the honey! Still healthier than the other flavored varieties, though. Plain with added honey is the way to go.

The best snacks for your toddler: mom-recommended snacks for the littles. Visit gloriousmomblog.com to see the list.

8. Yogurt-covered raisins

If your kid isn’t into fruit, this snack is the way to go, ’cause it tastes like candy! 

Keep these snacks stocked in your pantry to tame the toddler beasts between meals and distract them when you’re on the go. They won’t be picky eaters forever – okay, they might – but for now, fill those bellies with nutritious yummyness they’ll totally dig. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear edition 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com. This post contains affiliate links. 

Three kids later, I have some suggestions as to what baby stuff works out and what doesn’t. Learn from my mistakes! I bought many of these items twice because the first version was terrible. And online reviews are NOT always helpful. 

Buy this: baby monitor, not that baby monitor.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: angelcare movement monitor. I initially received the Graco monitor, pictured below, as a gift. I ended up buying an additional one with our second child. It would just stop working, seriously. “Oh good, the baby stopped screaming.” No, you just bought a bad monitor! I’d have to unplug and replug it to get it to work again. 

The Angelcare movement monitor, pictured above, has been great. What I really like about it is that our third child slept on his tummy as an infant. It would beep whenever there was no movement, or you could unattach the movement board and use it as a regular monitor. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Graco baby monitor.

Buy this pack n play not that pack n play.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here:  Bright Starts playard. Playards are a hassle to break down. But I’ve found what’s even more important than that is how comfortable they are. Because your baby doesn’t need an extra excuse to wake up fifteen more times at night, can I get a witness? The Baby Trend pack n play, showed below, features a mattress that is basically a board with fabric over it. Also, the pieces don’t line well, leaving an uncomfortable uneven surface. Maybe they’ve fixed it by now; I don’t know. But the Bright Starts pack n play, featured above, has a super-comfy mattress. And hey, I’ve finally arrived at the place where I can break it down without begging my husband for help!
Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Baby Trend playard.

Buy this stroller, not that stroller.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured    here: Kolcraft Cloud Plus lightweight stroller.
In this post here, I detail our trip to New York with the kids and how the stroller below completely fell apart while we were walking around in Manhattan. Not good. Even before it started perpetually closing while my kids were inside it, the wheels were doing strange swivelly-things that were making it near-impossible to navigate the throngs of NYC. The stroller above, Kolcraft’s Cloud Plus, has been fantastic. No inconvenient collapsing. In fact, you can push it with one hand. Extremely helpful with multiple littles. The wheels behave, and it collapses, when you want it to, easily. Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Dream On Me lightweight stroller.

Buy this baby carrier, not that baby carrier.

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Baby Bjorn baby carrier.

I will qualify this review by saying this: the Infantino is MUCH cheaper than the Baby Bjorn. So if you’re really strapped for funds, it definitely is not terrible. But in the first year of your baby’s life, the baby carrier is like a second skin to you. Especially if you’re a work at home mom. Especially if you have multiple littles. So I strongly recommend the upgrade to the Baby Bjorn, which is stronger, more durable, and provides better support. 
Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured here: Infantino baby carrier.

You HAVE TO buy a pumping bra!

Okay, I don’t have a product to compare here, because I loved the first version. I didn’t realize these existed until my third child. I’m not even a working mom; well, I work from home, but if you’re a working mom and you’re pumping, get on it! It’s only $25! It makes such a difference. You have no idea. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.  Featured: simple wishes breast pumping bra.

Everyone has their preferences, I get that, but some products are just problematic! If you’re shopping for baby gear now, take my advice and buy something a fellow mama has tried and proven that works. 

Buy this, not that: baby gear.  Check out my recommendations at the blog: gloriousmomblog.com.