Friday, February 11, 2011

A Time to Organize- Part 2

And here's the more OCD-ness particular-ness (is that a word?) of my "day of organization" documentation.  This is actually something I've been doing for awhile, but I just decided to document it during my organizational scamper.

For any of you out there who don't know this, Dr. Brown's bottles are the BEST for babies who have stomach/gas issues.  There are a lot of parts to these bottles though.  I've found that in the middle of the night, when JM is waking up hungry and the crying is getting more intense... making a bottle in record time is a MUST!  So, here's my lineup.

The kitchen island serves as a bottle making/medicine dispensing station.  Over to the right, we have nursery water and rice cereal.  In the middle is a pre-made bottle with the proper amount of water in it.  Then over to the left is the formula powder, medicine, measuring spoons, and my handy dandy little dispenser.

We have to use Gentlease for JM's tummy, plus he gets reflux medicine twice a day.
 Since we have to add rice cereal to all of JM's bottles, it is impossible to make a bottle in a timely fashion, and more than that, I can't add the cereal without spilling it everywhere (the tablespoon is bigger than the top of the bottle, so it ALWAYS spills). So, I pre-mix the formula and rice cereal in this little dispenser, so that when it's time to make the bottle, all I do is pour.  Shout out to Mary Ann for this little purchase!

When my bottles are all dry from hand washing...

I pre-fill them with the proper amount of water and then set them out just so.

 Then I attach the other parts and set them up on the drying rack so that I can grab them quickly WHILE I'm shaking the bottle to mix the water and formula together.

 And there you have it.  I admit that I have a problem.  But, it sure does make things easier... especially at 3am when my eyes are barely open to put everything together AND get to JM in a timely fashion.  Try it- seriously- try it and see if it doesn't shave some time off of your bottle making.  Or maybe there's something else that you do that is slightly OCD... but maybe you're too embarrassed to admit it.  Don't be embarrassed!  Embrace your extreme organization!  And that, my friends, is me making myself feel better. :)

1 comment:

Ford Family said...

I love Dr. Browns bottles, too..a lot of xtra parts but they are great!! :) I loved my little formula dispenser, also...used it all the time! I had a system, you have to~I always made Davis' and Mack's bottles before I went to bed and then nooked them for a few secs..It's called survival! Hang in there! love u!