So, now that I've been doing the baby thing non-stop for 2.5 years (and have successfully raised 3 children to the age of 7.25 months, one of them has been successfully raised beyond that age--thankfully) I just wanted to similarly share a few of the things that I have found to save my life.
1. Baby food Mill--when I started the boys on solids and realized that they were bottomless pits that would each consume 2-3 jars of babyfood per feeding (at 50 cents a jar--you do the math, okay I'll do the math, that's up to 6 bucks a day which is 42 bucks a week.) I realized something had to give. So I bought a baby food mill and I just grind up my own bananas, pears, strawberries, steamed carrots, baked sweet potatoes, peas, etc. It's brilliant. Sure it takes a little more planning than just opening a jar, but I think its kinda fun. And when they're ready for it we can just grind up whatever we're having for dinner--lasagna or spaghetti or chicken fajitas. Now I won't have to gag while looking at all of the stage 3 gerber foods like "Beef Dinner" and "Spaghetti and meat sauce" I can just gag while looking at the ones I made myself.
2. Magic Erasers--So it finally happened. Maggie took a pen to the pantry door, and continued down the wall of the hallway. I called Beth to find out what could get it off since my windex and paper towel weren't cutting it and she let me in on the secret. Turns out Mr. Clean's Magic Erasers are the coolest things ever. They'll clean everything from your stovetop to your kid's crayon shenanigans. My favorite thing though is that it gets things off with like a quarter of the effort of anything else I've ever used.
3. Ohdeedoh--This blog is the bee's knees. It's seriously such a delight to look at and full of so many great ideas that my heart skips a beat when I see it on my google reader. I think I could look at their gorgeous nursery tours all day long.
4. Bumbo Chairs--I think these chairs are a must for multiples. I bought them so that I can sit the kids right in front of me for feedings and even use them in the shopping cart when I'm at Target. I don't know if the chairs would be as necessary for a singleton--but I think they're great.