New mommy here needs time to do housework, how do you do it?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

Clean when the baby is napping?

Post # 4
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@HappyBride827:  I used to put my baby in his bouncer when he was that small. I’d do dishes or wipe the counters or sweep and talk to him about what I was doing. Usually he’d just fall asleep and I’d carry on with cleaning. If I was folding laundry I’d prop him up in his boppy on my bed and fold and tell him what some of the clothes were and what they were for. At two months I was also less sleep deprived so I could clean a bit while he was napping. Now that he’s older I will sometimes put him in his high chair with a snack and a quick cartoon and straighten up super fast. I don’t really like letting the TV “baby sit” him like this but it’s never more than 30-45 minutes when I do it and I get a lot done. Otherwise I just let him crawl/walk around my feet and dig in the tupperware cabinet and he keeps himslef entertained.


Also, don’t be too hard on yourself about housekeeping right now. Babies are only teeny for a very short time. If you pick baby snuggles over a swept floor for the time being I wouldn’t blame you one bit 😉 

Sorry that was a bit long, hope I’ve helped a bit Tongue Out

Post # 5
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Its actually part of your babys growth and learning to learn to entertain him/herself so if you place your baby in an infant seat so she can see you while you are cleaning and singing to her she will be just fine. Or if she is laying under a floor gym swatting at the hanging toys.

When your baby is awak she does not need to be entertained 100% by you in physical attention. Entertainment can come toys and your voice. You can talk and sing while cooking.

If at two months your baby’s awake time is about 1-2 hours between naps, 50% of that time an be spent physically interacting and the other can be spend teaching your child to entertain themselves within sight of you.

Post # 7
7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I think most new moms don’t quite keep up with the housework, and that’s totally normal and expected. I’d be leaning on my husband to either help a bit more around the house, or to watch the baby so I can clean. As PP suggested, you can leave the baby by itself too (like to nap or whatever). I wouldn’t expect your house to be pristine, though.. that’s just not realistic if you used to do a lot of cleaning before. Or hire a cleaning lady to come in once a week 🙂

Post # 8
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I echo PP or you can also babywear and do house work depending on what it is.  Most of the time I cleaned when little boy napped or just put him in his swing and talked to him while I worked.  Or I had my DH help out.

Post # 9
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@HappyBride827:  I have a 5 month old and I clean while she’s napping, she takes 3 naps a day and sleeps 10-12 hours a night so I have plenty of time to get things done. If you don’t have a napper put baby in the bouncer/on the play mat so they can watch you. Give yourself a break though, its only been 2 months 😉 You’ll get into a routine eventually! Right now you should recover and enjoy your baby. Congrats!

Post # 10
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The first few weeks I didn’t do a whole lot of house work!  I was able to do some light cleaning with DD in the Moby wrap (she would fall asleep in there & I could get all kinds of stuff done!)

Now I try to knock it all out on Sunday afternoon while DH is hanging out with baby, or during one of her naps.  Not going to lie though, I really like taking a nap with her on Sundays after brunch 🙂

Post # 11
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

When my daughter was an infant, I just kept her in a sling next to my body while I did housework. 

Post # 12
1125 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I used to put him in the baby carrier and wash the floors while carrying him – good workout and I would tell him what I was doing.. He loved it.

Also, I would put him in a baby seat while doing the dishes or cooking.. He could watch what I was doing. I’d tell him what I was doing, let him smell the foods I was using..

I’d put him on a play mat while folding laundry.

AND, I’d try to nap/relax while he was napping. And kept some housework for my husband to do because it was all a lot of work! 😉

Post # 13
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

As PP have said, the swing, bouncy seat, play mat were all life savers when infants.  As they grew older and could use the johnny bouncer, exersaucer, bouncer, walker, high chair, that is where I put them.  If I was in the shower, they came in the bathroom with me in what ever gadget at the time.  If they cried, 10 minutes of crying so I could get a shower was not going to kill them.  It taught them how to self entertain and it saved my sanity.

Post # 14
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@HappyBride827:  lulz you don’t.


Kidding, kidding. Like PPs have said: pop that baby in a carrier or swing or bouncey seat or wait for naps (though naptime was naptime for me too or time to read a book, watch TV, or talk to friends. It’s important not to lose yourself too much.)


And if you’re beat down tired, contract out. Call up a grandma or auntie to help out around the house and make a freezeable meal or 2.

ETA: Oh yeah! you have a husband! Put him to work too!

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