Between supervising baths and tooth-brushing, clipping nails and scrubbing behind ears, toilet-training, and of course cleaning up messes, the bathroom has played a big part in my life as a mom.
And there are definitely bathroom products that have made my life a little easier along the way. Here are seven of my favorites:
2-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner 1 of 7
I'm not sure how my kids constantly manage to mess up shampoo and conditioner (it doesn't even look the same, and they can read!) but I've learned the hard way that the fewer bottles they have to contend with in the shower, the better their hair will look when they come out. I've just started having them wash their bodies with the shampoo/conditioner mix, too, to simplify even more! Pictured: Suave 2 in 1 Smoothers
Kid-friendly hair clipper 2 of 7
With five kids with very different hairstyles, I feel like I'm always having to reach for the scissors to do an emergency trim when I can't take the hair in their eyes anymore but don't have time to take them to the barber. The problem is, I'm not great with scissors, so our DIY haircuts always look...well, homemade. These Norelco kids' hair clippers make the process quick, painless, and even somewhat professional.
Night Light 3 of 7
You know what kind of bathroom experience I don't love? Being woken up at 3 AM because one of my kids needs to use the bathroom but can't reach the light switch or is afraid of the dark. A night light - especially a cute one like this little bee from Philips - makes the bathroom a friendlier place for kids to be after-hours.
Sorting Clothes Hamper 4 of 7
When my kids bring down the dirty clothes from their bathroom, it really helps the towels sorted out into a separate hamper. That's why I love this sorting hamper from One Step Ahead: it separates clothes from wet towels (or however you want stuff sorted) and you can even label it so that little ones know what goes where.
Electric Toothbrush 5 of 7
When my kids get to a certain age, I really don't relish having to oversee tooth-brushing 2-3 times a day. Electric spinning brushes, like the Philips Sonicare for Kids, make it much easier for kids to do a good job brushing on their own and allows me to skip out on the supervision sometimes - while knowing their teeth are still getting clean and healthy.
Disposable Cup Dispenser 6 of 7
I usually try to avoid using disposable products, but shared bathroom cups are the one thing that set my germ-o-meter clanging. And just try having five kids share a bathroom with five separate cups! Disposable cups - and attractive dispensers like this one from Amazon.com - are an easy way to keep the counter clutter-free and the cups germ-free.
Hair Rinsing Cup 7 of 7
"OWWW - YOU GOT SHAMPOO! IN! MY! EYEEES!" I've dealt with this kind of freak out at least 400 times since becoming a mom, and it never gets easier to handle the shrieks echoing off the shower walls. That's why I love this clever shampoo-rinsing pitcher from One Step Ahead. It makes rinsing easy, tear-free for kids...and stress-free for mom or dad.