How many Moms have you heard say “if I only had three arms”? or “I can’t get that right now, I only have two hands!”
We ourselves of the empire that is crafterhours think and/or say these things pretty often. There are so many tools required for mothering, and then more that aren’t required but sure are helpful. And having them close at hand… well, that’s invaluable.
So we invented the Multitasking Mom Necklace. At least as far as we know we invented it. Yes, it’s patent-pending. You can’t make and sell them, but if you’d like to make one for personal use, here’s how to go about it:
Link-a-doos or other linking toy pieces
Accessories/attachments of your choice (see our list below)
First, assemble your links. We liked them in rainbow-y-ish order. We’ve done two versions– the classic link-a-doos and some chunky vintage linking toys.
Attach a length of twill tape for the neck. Nice and comfy. You’re going to be wearing this all day every day, right? So comfy is key. Heck, depending on your chosen attachments, you might sleep in it. An eye mask? Earplugs? Teething tablets? Extra paci? All ready to roll.
Arrange your attachments. We like these in rainbow-y-ish order too. Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up style. Of course.
Each item is wrapped with a clear elastic and snapped right on to the necklace. Easy on, easy off. For urgent parenting moments. Because when you need a diaper disposal baggie, you need it RIGHT NOW.
And here’re the details on the multi-tasking accessories we most like to have on-hand:
1. Baby lotion: for baby knees and mom hands
2. Paci and paci clip: for the real baby or for big sister’s imaginary baby
3. Notebook: for mom craft ideas AND kid doodles
4. Bib: best if it’s absorbent on one side and wipe-clean on the other
5. Band-aids: we like Spider Man
6. Sunscreen: for babes and moms
7. Rattle toy: distraction for baby or spontaneous salsa dancing for mom
8. Ibuprofen: liquid for the kiddos
9. Diaper: potentially the most-used item
10. Digital thermometer: because it’s not likely to break when dropped
11. Washable marker: for kid entertainment or mom notes
12. Wipes: bums, faces, spills, spit-up… may edge out #9 for most useful
13. Cell phone: to call for reinforcements
14. Ibuprofen: for moms, might be best with caffeine
And in this style, we have:
1. Teddy Grahams: shown in Cinnamon, Chocolate might be better for a fall color scheme
2. Baby spoon: with cushy edge for feeding or teething
3. Nutri-Grain bar: for kids or mom, depending on who’s hungrier at the moment
4. Bubbles: best distraction there is
5. Diaper disposal baggies: some messes are just too far gone to be fixed
6. Gum: can be substituted for toothbrush in a dental emergency
7. Sippy cup: Never lose that sucker again
8. Play doh: you may want several of these. While you’re at it, add the Mini Fun Factory
9. Camera: we like a good waterproofshockprooffreezeproof one. You never know.
10. Lip balm: for lips that may be kissing lots of booboos, and hopefully the significant other, too
11. Tissues: for the snots, of course
12. Sunglasses: so that your kids can’t necessarily see that you can see exactly what they’re doing
13. Tape: seals packages, repairs toys, fascinates little fingers
And there you have it. Oh, wait! You know what’s not attached that clearly should be considered? Coffee. But for us, it’s a given that when you’re in Multitasking Mommy mode, the coffee is already in your hand, of course.
What is a must-have to be included in your version?