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Mommy Mollifiers

Most new moms realize that they have to let go of the perfect parent fantasy and embrace the fact that all parents take shortcuts to stay happy and sane. Jessica Hartshorn, Senior Lifestyle Editor for American Baby has six tips on how to take a deep breath and relax.

Tired of battles over what outfit your toddler will wear? It's time to end the dressing drama. Remember your goal is a happy kid, not the best dressed kid on the playground. One mom said that she puts her kids to bed in their clothes for the next morning. It saves time in the morning. Afterall your children are not going to a job interview.

How can you grab a few moments of relaxation in the middle of the day? Try turning on some music. Go for relaxing tunes when your feeding your baby so that you can both relax. Go for some pop music when your baby gets fussy or you need a diversion. You can both dance around and laugh.

Getting wiggly babies to sit still long enough to eat a meal, let alone eat one yourself is really hard. So, try combining food and fun. Give up on getting your baby to sit still and feed him while he's having fun. One of our moms even feeds her kids while they're in the bath. Talk about multi tasking.

As babies get older, some moms find themselves relaxing about what constitutes "clean." You don't have to disinfect your baby's binky every time it falls on your floor.

Figure out a way to press snooze. Sleeping late may be a distant memory, but if you're crafty sleeping later is still a possibility. Teach your child to entertain himself in his crib for a little while so you can catch some extra sleep. Putting books in her son's bed gets one of our moms an extra hour of sleep.

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Jessica Hartshorn & Erika Wortham