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.

Bag of jumbo raisins clamped with an office binder clipRubber Gloves – 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 – 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.

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4 Responses to “Two Everyday Objects Essential for New Parents”

  1. Kevin says:

    My hands have never been this dry since having my son. No lotion seems to cure it but what seems to help the most is his baby lotion. It atleast helps the cracking pain for a lil bit, after you get over the initial sting of lotion in a wound.

    December 15th, 2005 at 2:47 pm

  2. Kevin says:

    Update on quite possibly the best way to cure painfully dry hands. Try lanolin. The same stuff that women use on their breasts to help with breastfeeding. After just a few trys, the places I used it on are significantly better. The only downfall is that it can be messy and does not absorb like normal lotion.

    December 19th, 2005 at 6:19 am

  3. tod says:

    Binder clips are essential for all of the open bags of crackers, cereal, chips, etc. And much cheaper than the ‘official’ chip clips.

    December 29th, 2005 at 3:02 pm

  4. Daddy*drama says:

    I already had ring dermatitis from my wedding band. Now with the baby, it’s only gotten worse from how many times I wash my hands. Definitely have to give the rubber gloves a try. Thanks AJ for the rec!

    December 31st, 2005 at 5:44 am