We all have somewhere in the kitchen where we corral all the baby stuff. Bottles, food, formula, baby cook books, etc. Maybe its in a cupboard, maybe its in a cute basket on the counter, or maybe they are put wherever you find a patch of clear space at the time. For us, we have a cupboard that’s all hers. (So this is the trend when you have kids, huh? They kind of just take over the house?). The reason I’m writing about a measly ole cupboard is because I’ve found it to be baby command central – valuable not only to me, but to my husband and babysitters as well. When everything has a designated home and vital information is all in one place, things just seem to run smoother. Husband has no excuse for putting things in the wrong place when unloading the dishwasher (the point is he unloaded the dishwasher, right?). Everyone helping with Tayler knows what her general schedule looks like. And god forbid there is ever an emergency, anyone can easily find every phone number they may need and visual reminders for infant CPR and choking. Let’s take a little peek.
The upper left is Tayler’s schedule. Everything on it is subject to an “-ish” after it, but as Tayler’s schedule changes, its nice for my husband to be able to keep up with our day-to-day if I’m not around to ask. It makes fussy problem-solving a lot easier if he can keep tabs on where she is during her day.
Bottom left is her Emergency Contact List. Beneficial for anyone in our home if there is ever an emergency. Things to consider putting on yours are:
- Your Address
- Poison Control
- Your Urgent Care
- Mom & Dad’s phone numbers (personal, home, & work)
- Your Hospital’s ER
- Fire Dept
- Police Dept
- Your Pediatrician’s Office
- All Neighbors that could help and where they live
- Your Pharmacy
- Your Insurance Info
- Any allergies and/or medications taken in the family
**Something else helpful you might want to put on your Emergency Contact List is this little bit of info: If you’re ever in an emergency, and cant connect to a 911 dispatcher immediately, for whatever reason – go to your car and press your red Onstar button (IF you have Onstar of course). It is set up to connect IMMEDIATELY – you jump ahead of any other calls. My dad works for Onstar, and always tells me about how many children’s lives are saved from this bit of information. **
The right side is filled with step-by-step and visual directions for Conscious/Unconscious Choking, Infant CPR & Infant Rescue Breathing. I’ve taken the classes, babysitters have taken the classes, but the truth is, it is so easily forgotten because (hopefully) that information is used next to never. In an emergency, I want to make sure the person handling the situation has a guide if needed. Our babies are too precious to leave it to chance.
The link below is the information I printed off and that you see above.
All of the red bins you see are Dollar Store finds. Organization doesn’t have to cost much money!
I know as Tayler ages our cupboard will change, and I will need to move it down to her level so she can help herself, but for now – this will do.
Are there any ways you organize your kitchen or information you’ve found useful to have up? I’d love to hear!