The 5 Best Modern Inventions For Mothers

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:


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.


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!


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.


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.


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?

About the writer

Stephanie is a freelance writer, humor writer, and blogger specializing in the areas of parenting, entertainment, pop culture, social media, and women’s issues at StephanieBernaba.comBlogHer, and Redbook Magazine. She is the proud and exhausted mother of three preschool-aged children, a husband with a rotating work schedule, and three cats. Her brood makes its home in Rhode Island. Follow her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.


Meena Adams 2 years ago

A husband.

Tonya Gerner LaVere 2 years ago

I survived without ALL of those. SHOCKER. *eye roll*

Jamie Johnson 2 years ago

Amazon prime, netflix (I am not paying for cable), Kindle free time, and for moms who make their own baby food they have fillable squeeze pouches! These were a god send for our son who had food allergies and aversions. There were times I could put his whole dinner in the blender then into a pouch and he would down the whole thing! And they also make a spoon attachment for the pouches for those concerned with fine motor development. Also no portable dvd player for us, just strap the kindle/ ipad to the head rest! That way you don’t need to drag the dvds around!

Amy Cadwell Riegler 2 years ago

All of these, Yes yes yes!!! Only you left out ziploc bags

Anna Stephens 2 years ago

Can’t imagine my life now without amazon prime it has saved me so much time and money running around town trying to track down random things

Alissa Gabriel 2 years ago

disposable diapers

Kelly Hartley 2 years ago

Car seats. No one thinks about how much tougher travel with little ones must have been when they were allowed to roam free in the backseat. I remember being allowed to climb from the back to the front seats! I can’t imagine how distracting that would be while you’re trying to drive!

Tara Hillegas Blohowiak 2 years ago

My children!! Lol

Kym Wheeler 2 years ago

disposable nappies

Nikki Wilson 2 years ago

My children, there are many mums out there with out children to cuddle.

Patrick Deforge 2 years ago

Amazon Prime!!! I don’t even have to go to the store anymore; stuff will be at my doorstep in 36 hours, and I get to watch True Blood. Win win.

Rhia Knowles 2 years ago


Kaara Moyers 2 years ago

I bought SEVEN boxes of the Gogo Squeez pouches today. My local store had some on clearance, and they are one of the few ways I can get my autistic son to ingest fruit. Luckily, my husband gets it, so he didn’t question the bag full I brought home.

Ingrid Potter 2 years ago

That little squeeze pouch is PERFECT for baby foods! No more spoon and wearing it! I was leery at first, but I’ve since been sold! No more jars or open containers of baby food! Just squeeze that crap into the gaping face hole!

Terrie Elizabeth 2 years ago

Hard cider and 2 hr naptimes.

    Stephanie 2 years ago


Sarah Purse 2 years ago

Dishwasher and washing machine (and dryer)

Mikey Qui 2 years ago

My mother and husband’s help! Oh and vodka’s help!

DeAnn 2 years ago

Dvr, for sure. There is always an episode of sesame Street ready to go so I can cook dinner.

Elaine Honstein Steneck 2 years ago

Boogie Wipes and a breast pump…not used together, hopefully.

Jody Alton 2 years ago

Gogurt, too! High Efficiency washing machine. Dishwasher. The Internet. Zippers.

Danyell 2 years ago

I wish the squeeze pouches didn’t produce so much waste. I want a reusable one I can fill myself. Some may disagree, but the amount of packaging used for something that my boys can suck down in 30 seconds seems crazy!

Kami Cottrell 2 years ago

Video baby monitor!

Christy Lewis Bryant 2 years ago


Lisa Manoogian Nedzlek 2 years ago

Rock and play sleeper!! Hands down the best thing we’ve used.

Marnie Russell 2 years ago

Yogurt tubes-frozen!

Vanessa Tokarczyk 2 years ago


Heather Scott-Penselin 2 years ago

The pouches are great until they decide to squirt them, or put them on the floor and step on them (or jump on them).

Sue Varga 2 years ago

mold has been found in those things, no thanks.

Kimberly Wade Johnson 2 years ago

Baby wipes, I still buy them even with a 5 year old!

Kelly Weller 2 years ago

Fruit/veggie pouches. Seriously, to take on the go, for when she refuses all other food, I love these

Felicia 2 years ago

My LO is almost 6 months so I don’t need the pouches yet. But I definitely will use them when I can. But everything else I use. As a FTM I had this crazy idea in my head that I wouldn’t need all the modern marvels and would do it the way my mother did. Now I’ve come to reality and I don’t know how my mother managed.

Beth O’Dea 2 years ago

Oh, and I just dusted my entire house with baby wipes.

Beth O’Dea 2 years ago

Love. Although my toddler can still make a mess with a yogurt pouch!


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