How to Do the Dishes When You Have a Baby

how to get the dishes done when you have a baby

Ah the dishes. They are such a big part of my life. Sad, but true. A friend recently told me to just buy a dishwasher when hubby gets his RN next month, but I can’t justify spending that kind of money when both of our 5+ year old lap tops are showing signs of¬†imminent¬†failure, and what would I blog about if I didn’t have dirty dishes? Seriously, check out my dirty dishes posts: here and here.

All kidding aside, the dishes don’t really kill me, and it’s probably good for me to learn to keep up with them. Over the past year I have learned a lot of neat little tricks to get it done, and I thought I’d share them with all those new moms out there who are drowning in gross plates (I couldn’t have been the only one).

If your baby is age 0 – 3 months:

  • do it during nap time
  • do it while baby is sitting in supported seat (keep looking and talking to baby during the whole process)

If your baby is 3-6 months:

  • do it during nap time
  • do it while baby is sitting in supported seat (give baby something to grab or play with)

If your baby is 6 – 9 months:

  • do it during nap time
  • as soon as baby can sit by himself you can place him in one side of the sink and let him take a bath while you wash dishes on the other side. Use good judgement and be careful with this technique – make sure baby can’t reach the hot water on the other side and be ever present, so baby isn’t slipping into the water – never turn your back on baby, it only takes a minute to drown. I know I’m making it sound scary, but a lady in my ward told me about this technique, and it literally saved my kitchen from utter dirty dish destruction.
  • put baby in high chair and give her soft finger foods she can eat and play with. Be aware of baby, and never leave her unsupervised.

If your baby is 9 – 12 months:

  • do it during nap time
  • put baby in high chair and give her soft finger foods she can eat and play with. Be aware of baby, and never leave her unsupervised.
  • let baby play on the floor with special “kitchen toys” like measuring cups, spoons, and pots she can bang on

Getting stuff done is certainly harder with a little one under foot, but I’ve found that as long as you’re consistent – you can be productive. Choose your method and set your time, doing it at the same time every day will help you get it done – as soon as it’s a habit the motivation part gets ten times easier!

Good luck, and happy dish washing :)

Comments

  1. Thanks for stopping by both of my blogs! I added you to my reading list. Lucky for me my husband does the dishes ;)

    • Amber Mae says:

      Thanks for stopping by Brooke, I really need to follow your blogs and get some photography hints. Your work is impeccable. My husband does the dishes from time to time, but he works and is in a rigorous nursing program, so I’m the primary dishwasher. But that’s OK, it build character right? :)

  2. Your title made me laugh. I remember how we ended up eating and drinking out paper/plastic almost exclusively after our daughter was born. If it wasn’t for visiting grandmothers, I don’t think our dishes would have gotten done at all for the first few weeks.