Thursday, December 15th, 2005
Two Everyday Objects Essential for New Parents
New parents will not find everything they need at Babies R Us. Sometimes you have to shop at Safeway and Office Depot. Here are two examples.
Rubber Gloves â€“ When our baby came home, a new division of labor was established in the household. My hands had the dry, sore cracks to show for it. Mom did most of the feeding and nonstop cuddling, we shared diapers and general care, and I did all house maintenance. Between diaper changes, dish washing, bottle washing, and flange (breast pump thingamajigs) washing, my fingers were dead. No amount or variety of hand lotion helped until I began wearing rubber gloves at the kitchen sink.
Binder Clips â€“ When Little Miss began eating solid food, we needed chip clips. The number of food bags in our house multiplied with Goldfish crackers, Cheerios, veggie crackers, veggie nuggets, raisins and everything else except actual potato chips. Transferring food to Ziploc bags is a waste of time and resources. Chip clips are a superior option, but standard plastic clips are expensive and have feeble clamping power. My former life as an office jockey taught me that binder clips are the ultimate bag clip, even for freezer bags which you twist and clamp for an air tight seal. Binder clips are crazy strong. We’ve been using them for years, but with a third consumer in the house, we desperately need more.