Moms have sure been blowing up the Internet lately with their clever parenting hacks. Just a few months ago, Elizabeth Burchiel’s genius diaper bag hack swept the web, and gave moms a whole new on-the-go diaper bag solution. (She takes an empty wipes container, fills it with a few emergency diapers and a change of clothes, and uses a hair tie to keep it all on tight.) Then came Shauna Harvey’s rubber band hack, which promotes positive parenting. And then just this week, Tasia Blackwell became Internet-famous for her DIY “milksicles” — ice pops made out of breast milk, which help soothe her son’s teething pain.
But today, there’s a new viral mom in town. Her name is Brooke McDaniel, and she’s here to step your pantry game WAY up.
As she shared in a June 1 Facebook post, she was totally over her cabinets constantly overflowing with baby bottles (and all their various accoutrements). That is, until she bought a $12 shower caddy that changed her life.
She now hangs it from a wall in her kitchen, where she can easily store all of her baby bottles from its two shelves — plus hang her pacifiers off a row of hooks on the bottom. And viola! — McDaniel now calls it the “best ‘bottle holder’ I could ever have.”
“All my bottles in one place on my wall, space I wasn’t utilizing, instead of having a cabinet with bottles overflowing from it,” she explains.
It wasn’t long before the parents of Facebook gave her a (virtual) standing ovation. Her post has racked up over 41K likes and 112K shares from parents who agreed that her simple solution was pretty genius.
But of course, because it’s the Internet, where judgments abound, McDaniel soon found herself barraged with a ton of negative comments, as well. After receiving a string of them, she fired back and amended her post:
“This post was only ever intended for my friends,” she shares. “I’m glad others are finding it helpful but I never expected it to get any type of negative reaction so I’d like to address those now questioning my mothering methods … “
To those who had commented “that’s too many bottles” (because yes, plenty of people felt compelled to point that out), McDaniel has this to say:
“I have two children on bottles and not enough time to wash them six times a day. This amount ensures my children will have enough to get through 24 hours with ease and besides I’m the type of mother who would rather have too much of something my children need than not enough.”
And to everyone who commented on the fact that her baby bottles had exposed nipples, she notes:
“This is my home, those nipple don’t come in contact with anything but the air we breathe. So if you feel you can’t use exposed nipples in your own home you should really be more concerned with your cleaning habits. I’d be more worried about the dirt on the floor they scoot their face across than some germs, in the air they breathe in their mouths, possibly getting on a bottle they put in the same place.”
Haters aside, McDaniel’s post is still getting tons of positive feedback, as it well should. After all, clever solutions that make parents’ lives easier — especially affordable ones — should be celebrated. So let’s thank this mama for giving us all a new idea that just might save our sanity.