Wreck it Wednesday (Issue No. 10)

5 May

Well helloooo beautiful readers! Back from the dead, I am. Again. Okay, so I’ve disappeared more than once, but I have real good excuses this time, I swear. I got knocked up, got a new job, bought a new house…and had TWINS! I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me. I’ve missed you all so.

Back to this week’s Wreck. Unfortunately, this one will probably require you to pony up some cash. But if you’re interested in this little project, it will pay off, I promise.

As you could imagine twins equals a crazy hectic life. I. Mean. Crazy. So now, it’s all about simplification. I am constantly thinking about how I can make things easier. That’s when I came up with the bar cart idea.

I don’t mean that I just get real drunk everyday To get me tth. The bar cart is for keeping baby supplies handy without taking over the whole damn house. Okay, so it won’t really keep baby stuff from taking over the house, but it certainly keeps essentials like diapering and feeding supplies from being strewn about in every room. And the bonus: it’s STILL a bar cart once you’re done using it for baby stuff and Happy Hour is calling your name. Then you can pick up a onesie for the rugrat that says “mommy (and/or) daddy also drink from bottles”.

Check out the cart I found at Target:


I also picked up a few items to help organize the cart:IMAG2898

Here are some of the items that I’ve included in the cart:

A couple plain Onesies, a couple pajamas, some flannel receiving blankets, muslin swaddle blankets and a bunch of burp cloths (also known as cloth diapers)IMAG2900

Diapers, baby wipes, a baby toiletry kit (with nail clippers, brush, thermometer, etc), a mess of assorted pacifiers (including a couple wubanubs), lotion, hand sanitizer, baby powder, diaper rash ointment, saline nasal spray, nasal aspirator, multipurpose ointment, assorted medications (Tylenol, teething tablets, gas drops, constipation relief), and of course, syringes for the meds.IMAG2901

Containers of premeasured formula powder, bottled water, clean empty bottles, and drool bibs.IMAG2903

Here she is, all put together:


First tier, from above:


And here are some close ups:








All said and done, this set up probably set us back about $160-170 give or take. I know, that’s a decent chunk of change. I agree. But let me tell you about the benefits:

If someone comes over to watch your littles to provide you with some freedom, pretty much anything they’ll need to care for said littles is easily accessible in one convenient location.no having to explain where everything is or how much formula to feed. It’s kind of the supply equivalent of one of those babysitter info things that tells them what time bedtime is etc.

If you change diapers and feed in more than one location, it’s easily portable. For example: Up until very recently, our Twinkies have done all of their napping and night time “sleeping” in our room, next to our bed. Sure, they have a nursery with cribs and a proper changing table, etc. But for the sake of our sanity, it was best for us to be able to feed and change them without leaving the room. This made it possible to have all the supplies we’d need exactly where we needed them. Once everyone is up for the day, the cart gets moved to the living room effortlessly.

I know there’s more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak. But I have to attest to the completeness of the bar cart solution. Diaper changes, feedings, medications, wardrobe changes, and blankets are not only covered, but they’re well contained, organized and portable. There’s no need toga be changing stations and other supplies all over the house. Just one. Before bedtime, I restock the diapers and such that have been depleted and it’s all set for midnight feedings and the next day’s activities.

If I had to make an improvement on the system, it’d be getting a mini fridge for my bedroom (for keeping milk expressed in the middle of the night so I don’t need to journey to the kitchen in the dark), and I’d put our bottle warmers on the cart as well. But that’d just be icing on the cake.

So that’s it. My genius idea. I hope you like it and I hope it gives you ideas on how to make your infant rearing a little bit easier.



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