The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the lives of everyone upside down, especially those who are parents of young children. If you recently found yourself working from home while also trying to juggle the responsibilities of parenthood and taking on the role of teacher, then we don't have to tell you how quickly things can go from calm to chaos.
Whether you're taking care of a new baby or working alongside your kids as they wade through class videos and lessons online, you may be feeling like your sanity is at stake. Fortunately, we've pulled together a collection of products that can make your new life (for however long it lasts) a little easier.
Finding the Right Products to Maximize Your Quarantine Time
One of the biggest challenges of the work at home/parent struggle is figuring out how to stop feeling like you're being pulled in two directions at once. This can be especially tough for single parents and those whose partners are working outside the home each day — while they remain stuck at home.
Keep Mealtime Easy and Healthy with a Crock-Pot
With the kids at home and many restaurants closed or offering limited service, you may have been forced to join the throng of people getting more in touch with their kitchens than they had been in years. If you have yet to discover the joys of cooking in a Crock-Pot, then this is an excellent time to look into taking one for a test drive. The seemingly magical Crock-Pot slow cooker can help you whip up everything from dips and sauces to full-size entrees.
Unwind with Soothing Sounds
These days, stress can be a very real daily struggle. Between working from home, parenting, helping kids with virtual school, and dozens of other tasks, it can be hard to unwind at the end of the day. If you're having trouble sleeping, then look into getting a sound machine like this one from Big Red Rooster.
Nurse Anywhere with a Nursing Pillow
If you're a new nursing mom, then the Boppy Nursing Pillow is a must-have item to add to your baby arsenal. Available in a wide array of adorable prints and patterns, this handy little pillow helps you boost your baby to a more ergonomic nursing position for either bottle or breastfeeding.
Keep an Eye on Naptime with a Baby Monitor
If you're looking to get a little work done during your kids' naptime, then check out the iBaby Monitor M65. Once the monitor is set up in your child's room, it allows you to watch them from afar via a 1080p HD video feed that goes straight to your phone, but the perks don’t stop there. It also comes with night vision, 360-degree viewing capabilities and two-way audio with echo cancellation.
Keep Kids on a Sleep Schedule with This Interactive Alarm Clock
Let's face it — quarantine-altered world or not, there's nothing worse than working until the wee hours of the morning, only to be greeted by your four-year-old at the end of your bed at 5 a.m. ready to play. That's where the LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise Children's Sleep Trainer comes in.
Avoid Distractions with Noise Cancelling Headphones
Okay, to be clear, we don't recommend using these when your toddler or small child is unattended in the other room. After all, silence is golden — unless you have kids. Silence with kids in the house could be cause for concern. However, if you have another adult in the house to watch your child and you need a little time to hunker down and work in silence, then the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones are a gift from heaven.