If you knew me in real life, you’d know that I am a crafty DIY’er who has tried some pretty “out there” things! I really enjoy building things with my hands or repurposing things. Taking something that’s past its prime and making it relevant again gives me pure joy! Needless to say, I’m kind of obsessed with Pinterest. Now, I know that not every single pin on Pinterest is going to be a success. In fact, I’ve seen some pins that seem like they’re designed to give you an epic Pinterest fail! But I’ve also found a few of my favorite mom-life hacks on Pinterest. Specifically, printables from Pinterest help me stay on top of my busy life with a toddler and baby! These are my absolute must-have parenting printables.
One of my early favorites, organizational printables help me keep track of where everything belongs! I use free printable labels to help my toddler sort their toys into bins during clean-up. Around the house, I keep track of things like my son’s Epi-pen or the baby’s Nose-Frida are stored. Organizational printables are abundant, so you’ll be sure to find one that best fits your lifestyle.
Probably one of my favorite tools because I get a natural high from checking things off a list. I particularly love cleaning printables that are pre-organized in the *order* of how you should clean things in each room. This helps me better prioritize my speed-cleaning when I’ve got my baby in tow. Plus, cleaning printables make it easy to have someone else help you tidy the way you prefer it done!
I like using printables in general because someone else has put in the leg work - I just print it off and execute!
Party Planning Printables
Instead of spending loads of money at Party City, try some free Pinterest printables! Last year, I made a “Happy Birthday” banner for my daughter’s birthday party out of gold glitter letters printed at home in minutes. The style fit our party theme much more closely than what I had found at the store, too!
If you homeschool your older kids (or your preschooler), educational printables are an amazing tool! Some are paid, but you can build free options into your lesson plans. From coloring pages to worksheets, homeschooling educators have built some really great tools to bolster learning.
Now, your toddler might not have their own budget or even an allowance. But budgeting for baby items - like diapers, strollers, car seats, and more - gets a lot easier when you have a plan on paper! Avoid overspending by mapping out how much you can afford for each item and tracking purchases.
Meal Planning Printables
Most of these printables are glorified calendars, but some include grocery lists - which I love! Meal planning helps me make toddler-friendly foods that make my kids ask for seconds. I also like being able to see my menu in front of me so I can switch meals around according to my tastes.
Free printables on Pinterest have totally revolutionized my mom game! I feel so much more present with my kids when I have a plan to get through the day and everything is written down in advance. This is one organizational life-hack I'll always use!