The 5 Best Modern Inventions For Mothers

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With three children aged four and under in my house, it takes a lot of time and energy to keep our family moving. Aside from tantrums, dressing and undressing, baths, meals, and the sixty finger and toenails ready to cut at any given time, I realized there are many items on which I rely to get me through the day.

And then I realized I had it better than my own mother did, and my mother’s mother, who neither had the luxury of epidurals (for her seven births) or disposable diapers. So, I cuddled my Swiffer Wet Jet tight, and thought long and hard about the best modern inventions for mothers — the items I simply cannot live without — and these are what I came up with:

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1. Baby Wipes. Sure, you’ve heard jokes about cleaning the entire house, the car, yourself, your pets, and your children with baby wipes. Well, I’m here to tell you today that it’s all true. With kids (and, dare I say, husbands) at home, there’s always something dried to a wall, a floor, an appliance, or a window. Baby wipes saw me through the Soft Serve Incident of 2013, the Valentine’s Day Donut Massacre, and the Uh Oh! No Paper in the HESS Restroom! debacle just a few weeks ago. They’re abundant, they’re portable, and they’re indispensable. Do NOT leave home without them.

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2. DVR. Thanks to modern technology (and a $200 cable bill), my family and I have become experts on the art of the DVR. Kid won’t leave the new episode of Dora for dinner? Freeze it! Movie continuing past bedtime? Finish it in the morning! Kids screaming through a weather forecast you need to hear? Rewind it! Never end your day early enough to sit down for that 8 o’clock show? Set the series to record! DVR was made for families. Use it!

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3. Squeeze Pouches. Have you seen what your kids look like when they finish a container of yogurt? And yogurt dries quickly, doesn’t it? Ever have to scrub it off your kid’s arm? Dries like plaster. Likewise with a bowl of applesauce. You’d be surprised how quickly that stuff spreads, and how easily it slides off the surface of a spoon. Single-serving pouches are a godsend. Though I was first a little grossed out by the thought of my kids sucking a spout from a foil bag filled with fruit paste, turns out they really love it. And I don’t have to clean up the mess. Win -Win. End of story.

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4. The Magic Eraser. For those precious and memorable times your kids decide your chair rail moldings are actually frames for their art, your hardwood floor just looks a little too ‘woody’ for their liking, or when, despite your best efforts to secure it, your daughter pulls a Zsa Zsa with your makeup, the Magic Eraser has your back. Made from melamine foam (thanks, Google!), the Magic Eraser quickly and simply rids your home of your kids’ crude artwork. From ink to crayon to marker to paint, the Magic Eraser deep-sixes their bad choices permanently. The only way these little rectangles of enchantment could be any more perfect? If they could erase the greater part of the ’80’s.

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5. Smartphones. Don’t smartphones somehow seem to make parenting just that much more tolerable? Waiting in a line and your kid’s whining and reaching helplessly for the gum rack? Tweet about it! Got a squirmer in the hairdresser’s chair? Cue up Minnie’s Bow Toons. At the playground and not in the mood to chat? Catch up on your email. From weather to coupons to restaurant recommendations, smartphones make leaving the house with kids almost doable. And when sitting alone, in your van, enjoying the only sliver of peace and quiet you’ll have that day, over a bottle of Honest Tea and a bag of gummy worms, you can read the news, watch a movie trailer, or just scroll mindlessly through your social media. Your smartphone loves you, your smart phone listens, your smartphone is your friend.

What can’t YOU imagine motherhood without?

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    says

    What would I be without Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?! I have no idea what they put in that sucker but it sure works wonders! I can’t imagine having kids in the house and not having those white God-sent squares..or rectangles…or whatever. I bet they will come up with different shapes and sizes eventually. Anyway, good list! I’d like adding social media to the list. Since becoming a mother, the internet and everything social media have served as my main window to the outside world and I bet they’ve saved my sanity in more than one occasion!

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      Diana says

      Haha! When we no longer had an infant/toddler, and thus no wipes, I suddenly realized how lost I was without wipes! Now that we have a baby again, I’m loving it! My older children…not so much. But the wipes are better than mom’s spit on a napkin!

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    Jules says

    Definitely GoGo applesauce is our goto snack! How about our toddler clock that glows when it’s time to get up? Sun got up at 5am?? Doesn’t matter, the clock isn’t glowing, so stay in bed!

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      says

      From age 2 on,the DVD player was a godsend for the 400 mile trips to my parents. But the rule was that it wouldn’t go in the car unless the trip was over 3 hours. Then when we were going to drive from MN to Yellowstone when our kids were 10 and 6, my husband announced they needed to learn to be bored and take a trip without it. 7 days with no complaints! It never went in the minivan again!

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        Sarah says

        My parents took us on a trip from Michigan to Oregon when I was a kid and we did fine without a tv in the car (although my sister did act out a show or two in the backseat). We don’t have a dvd player either and have never had a problem on long trips and we’ve done many 7 hour car trips with toddlers.

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